Te Rongopai DVD
Dr Stuart Lange presents a five-part series documenting the story of the Gospel in New Zealand from Samuel Marsden forwards – its impact, the complications, and the way Christianity has had a significant impact in shaping New Zealand society both then and now.
DVD: 65 mins in 5 chapters and can be played in any zone
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The following letter was sent to the NZ Herald but has not been printed. We think it raises a fair point.
Easter Saturday’s Herald had an interesting juxtaposition of articles. A headline about Kenyan Christians massacred for their faith, Michele Hewitson’s profile on Monsignor Bernard Kiely, and the Auckland Church Leaders Easter message.
Yet at the same time Steve Braunias commences his column using the name of Jesus Christ as a swear word, as does Verity Johnson a few pages over. Why do some journalists favour such a ‘sledging’ attitude to the Judeo-Christian tradition?
In an increasingly multi-cultural Auckland city (now the most religious city in New Zealand according to the 2013 census) it is vitally important we all respect and understand the influential Christian worldview, and other religious worldviews, as well as the worldview of secularism. Massey University Professor Peter Lineham recently said, “New Zealanders need to be more understanding of religion” inferring that too many Kiwis do not understand the diverse world in which we live.
A very large proportion of Kiwis value and honour Christianity. Treating such a worldview with disrespect at Easter time, or worse vilifying it, is unprofessional for journalists. Instead they can demonstrate a better way.
Richard & Jane Waugh
Glyn Carpenter was National Director of New Zealand Christian Network from March 2003 to 2017. He attends Northcote Baptist Church in Auckland, is married to Christine (married in 1981), and they have three sons – two working as doctors and one in computer science.
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