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Sebastian Murrihy
I am a pastor who enjoys theology, lover of sports and outdoor adventurer
I am a pastor who enjoys theology, lover of sports and outdoor adventurer
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Supernatural or super-natural? Some thoughts around Bethel Church Redding
A disclaimer: I've never been to Bethel Church in Redding. But over the past few months I've read a couple books from key Bethel leaders. The first was Danny Silk's Culture of Honour: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment . The second was by Bethel's senior...
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The Dragon and the Child: A Christmas Story
I recently stumbled across a blog post which on the surface seemed a little surprising. When sharing a Christmas reflection I usually default to Luke who tells the story of Shepherds being greeted by a choir of angels heralding the birth of Christ. On occas...
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What I've learnt about South Islanders
My wife and I have now lived in the South Island for two years. They've been a great two years. We've enjoyed the scenery and the people. And for the most part, these Southern folk are similar to their Northern neighbours. They share similar qualities and v...
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The curse(?) of church small groups
As a pastor, I have oversight of the small groups and small group structures at our church. One day I decided to ask our friend 'Google' what people think about them. I stumbled over a few blogs and short articles. One person reckoned they'd discerned the e...
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The Listener and Preaching
So what feels like 10 years ago, I began a three-part series on preaching. This final instalment will reflect on the listener and preaching. When thinking about biblical preaching, my starting point is with God. He is the one graciously at work through the ...
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The Listener and Preaching
So what feels like 10 years ago, I began a three-part series on preaching. This final instalment will reflect on the listener and preaching. When thinking about biblical preaching, my starting point is with God. He is the one graciously at work through the ...
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10 Reasons you know you are a new homeowner
So I know we are two-thirds of the way through a series on preaching, but I wanted to do something a little different before we finish that off. Recently, Jess and I became homeowners. We are pretty stoked about it. But like any significant change in life, ...
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The Preacher and Preaching
'Whenever a human being, Bible in hand, stands up before a group of other human beings, invites the gathered assembly into a particular text of the Bible and as faithfully as possible tries to say again what the living God is saying in the text, something a...
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God and preaching
About 2 years ago, I completed my Master's thesis (there's a copy in the Laidlaw College Library or you could give me a yell--I have a PDF version) which included elements toward a theology of preaching from the work of  Karl Barth . The following six month...
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Should it be illegal to indoctrinate children with secularism?
I often find Facebook an interesting (and often depressing) place to see what's trending and what people are engaging with. Like the recent example of Willy Moon and Natalia Kills. They showed up all over my feed as they were either poked fun of or abused f...
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