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
Price includes postage and packaging within New Zealand
points to the great value of human beings, created by God (Ps.100:3 – “it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves”; Isa.64:8 – “We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand”), made in God’s image (Gen.1:27a), breathed life by God (Gen. 2:7), crowned by God with honour and glory (Ps. 8:5), and greatly loved by God (e.g. John 3:16)
is very positive about human procreation (Gen. 1:28; Ps. 127:3)
speaks reverentially of God beautifully forming us in the womb, and seeing and knowing us before birth
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
tells of God calling people before they were born (Jer. 1:5; Gal.1:15)
does not address the issue whether life begins at conception or at birth, but does recognise the obvious continuity between the life that is conceived and the baby that is born
speaks warmly of unborn lives in the womb, in relation to both Jesus and John (Luke 1:39-45)
in the Mosaic law, in one instance places a greater value upon the life of a mother than that of her unborn child (Ex. 21:22-25)
22 “Now suppose two men are fighting, and in the process they accidentally strike a pregnant woman so she gives birth prematurely. If no further injury results, the man who struck the woman must pay the amount of compensation the woman’s husband demands and the judges approve. 23 But if there is further injury, the punishment must match the injury: a life for a life, 24 an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, 25 a burn for a burn, a wound for a wound, a bruise for a bruise.
recounts Jesus’ welcome to children (Matt. 18:5-6), and his warning against causing them harm
speaks often of God’s love for the weak and defenceless (e.g. Ps. 32:13, 82:3-4)
shows God’s love for the disabled (e.g. Ex. 4:11, Matt. 15:31, Lk. 14:13)
declares God’s love for the broken-hearted (Ps. 34:18)
declares God’s grace and forgiveness for those who have done wrong (e.g. Isa. 1:18, 43:25; Ps.103:12; 1 John 1:9)
Dr Stuart Lange is the interim National Director of the NZCN. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Laidlaw College, where he was formerly Vice Principal, and where he has lectured in the history of Christianity for many years. His major book is A Rising Tide: Evangelical Christianity in New Zealand, 1930-65 (Otago University Press, 2013). He also wroite and presented the historical DVD documentary Te Rongopai: 200 years of the Gospel in New Zealand, 1814-2014.
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