Building Bridges Sums Up Christianity kiwiconnexion practical theology
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Building Bridges Sums Up Christianity kiwiconnexion practical theology

What is Christianity meant to be? That’s an easy question but how hard it is to give a sensible answer. We all know that Christianity is so diverse and sometimes has given itself very bad publicity. Will there every be a simple answer again? I think so but sometimes it’s …

Lives In Mathematics Practical Theology kiwiconnexion
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Lives In Mathematics Practical Theology kiwiconnexion

David Bell: Hey, welcome along everyone to Live On Air this Sunday evening, 12 February 2017. We’re kicking off again for the Trinity- at-Waiake eLearning centre, and Kiwi Connexion which services the whole thing. Welcome to this particular broadcast. Peter Davies and David Erasmus; I’ve known both of these guys …

Healing and Individuation in Practical Theology
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Healing and Individuation in Practical Theology

Welcome to the final in our series An Introduction to Carl Gustav Jung. This episode is call Healing and Individuation in Practical Theology. Carved above the door into Jung’s tower at Bollingen is the saying ‘Bidden or not bidden, God is present.’ It sums up his life and work. But …

A J Heschel A Prophet For America Today Practical Theology kiwiconnexion
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A J Heschel A Prophet For America Today Practical Theology kiwiconnexion

Today’s Far Country Tall Tale and True #talltruetales is true in the way fiction can’t be. It’s about the political and prophetic insight of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-72) There are those Christians, of course, who think the Church has no business ‘meddling in politics’. Now that view can only …

Using Music With Story For Personal Inspiration kiwiconnexion practical theology
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Using Music With Story For Personal Inspiration kiwiconnexion practical theology

Welcome everyone. I’m David Bell. A question on most people’s minds these days is: how can we live well? Over the last three episodes we’ve looked at our personal memories as well as our common cultural memes; memory is key to our identity. We also considered the Danish way of …

Happiness and Confidence in Faith kiwiconnexion practical theology
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Happiness and Confidence in Faith kiwiconnexion practical theology

Would you like to be able speak more confidently about your Christian faith? It’s natural to want to share what matters to you. But it can be very hard to do because of the communication choices we have to make. Sometimes an image can get the idea across, especially when …

Paris Underground Revisited kiwiconnexion practical theology
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Paris Underground Revisited kiwiconnexion practical theology

I’m David Bell for kiwiconnexion.nz Hope is a precious commodity. There is a book called Paris Underground with the most remarkable message of hope, of courage, of sheer guts, of faith. It’s about two women, one in her early sixties, an American widow. The other was in her early forties, …

Providence A Necessary And Sufficient Practical Theology from kiwiconnexion
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Providence A Necessary And Sufficient Practical Theology from kiwiconnexion

Caring for people is a part and parcel of a civilised society. It is possible in this way. Any nation is enriched when all individuals feel they matter, that they’ re cared for and are of worth. Theologians have long had a term for this kind of universal care. It …

Through a Glass Darkly kiwiconnexion practical theology
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Through a Glass Darkly kiwiconnexion practical theology

Here’s an ancient puzzle with a modern twist: a real brain teaser. Take an envelope and write on one side, Whatever’s written on the reverse side of this envelope is true. And, then turn it over and write, Whatever’s written on the reverse side of this envelope is false. It …

5 key points for effective church life kiwiconnexion practical theology
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5 key points for effective church life kiwiconnexion practical theology

Hi, I’m David Bell for the Practical Theology Channel Recently I was talking to Stephen Skuce about Christian congregations. Stephen is the Director of Scholarship, Research and Innovation for the Methodist Church in the UK. His team had identified 5 key points displayed by effective congregations. These were: 1. Being …