The Strangeness of 3 kiwiconnexion practical theology
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The Strangeness of 3 kiwiconnexion practical theology

Hi – I’m David Bell for kiwiconnexion. The strangeness of 3. For thousands of years, across cultures and languages, people have wondered why we tend to group so many things in batches of three. Just a few examples in English, “Faith, hope and love,” and “Good things come in threes,” …

Celebrating NZ Methodist Theologian Jim Stuart
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Celebrating NZ Methodist Theologian Jim Stuart

Church life has become very complex in the last few decades. This is because society’s expectations of all organizations has changed. That includes every kind: religion is no exception. Churches have to comply with all the rules and regulations. When I started in ministry a funeral celebrant signed certificates along …

Monkeying with Chance Evolution and Christian Faith kiwiconnexion practical theology
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Monkeying with Chance Evolution and Christian Faith kiwiconnexion practical theology

Today’s Far Country Tall Tales and True #talltruetales is about monkeying with chance. What’s that? What does that mean? Monkeying with chance. One of the most delightful yet nonsensical pictures once given to support evolutionary theory is that of a group of monkeys, each one seated in front of a …

The Library of Babel and Strange Processes kiwiconnexion practical theology
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The Library of Babel and Strange Processes kiwiconnexion practical theology

Jorges Luis Borges was an Argentinian short story writer, poet, intellectual whose life spanned the 20th century. He had an extraordinary imagination, an enviable gift for leading the reader into impossible worlds in which chaos becomes a sort of order, and the infinite supply of both space and time of …

Personality Type in Practical Theology
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Personality Type in Practical Theology

Welcome to episode 7 in the series on Carl Gustav Jung. I’m David Bell, here in the elearning centre, [email protected] In this video we are going to explore into personality type in practical theology. Have you ever made friends with a highly extraverted person? Of course, you’ll know what I …

The Naked Theologian Asks What Is Zeno’s Paradox kiwiconnexion theology
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The Naked Theologian Asks What Is Zeno’s Paradox kiwiconnexion theology

This week the Naked Theologian asks, have you ever heard of Zeno and his Paradox? If you like philosophy chances are you know about it. But it’s really useful for theology as well. In fact, it’s the silly sort of puzzle that gets everyone thinking. Zeno was one of those …

Wittgenstein’s language game as practical theology
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Wittgenstein’s language game as practical theology

It’s hard to be heard in today’s world. Yet it’s not impossible. It just requires a bit more thought and creative effort than usual. And in some ways that fits what the 18th century clergyman John Wesley came to see. All his life he never curbed his enthusiasm for the …

A Warfare Between Science And Religion? kiwiconnexion practical theology
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A Warfare Between Science And Religion? kiwiconnexion practical theology

Is there still a war between science and religion? Has science disproved spiritual claims? In a recent independent survey, commissioned by the Scientific and Medical Network, SMN, over 3,000 scientists, engineers, technical and medical professionals were asked about their spiritual and religious beliefs. The participants were drawn from the UK, …

Surrendering to His Love – Tim Conway
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Surrendering to His Love – Tim Conway

Well, good morning, brethren. I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t want to take any other time in introductions and get right to the message this morning. Brethren, let’s turn in our Bibles to Luke 14. Luke 14:33. We’re going to deal with various …

The Spiritual Power Of Matter Teilhard de Chardin kiwiconnexion theology
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The Spiritual Power Of Matter Teilhard de Chardin kiwiconnexion theology

The Spiritual Power of Matter. Now, that’s a curious phrase. How can inanimate objects, made up of matter, have spiritual powers? Matter is just matter. Welcome to this episode of the Naked Theologian Asks. The spiritual power of matter: this phrase sounds like it came from a world of magic, …