Off the radar and standing tall

July 5, 2012



I know I’ve dropped off the radar lately. It’s so long since I’ve written. My work has expanded and I’m busier now than I’ve ever been. Pacific Partners (Christian radio and discipleship in the South Pacific Islands); Te Mana Programme (taking what we’ve learned in the Islands and working with schools, churches, Police, and social […]

Posted in: Culture, Mission

Still sad, but having slept on it . . . now motivated

May 8, 2012


Yesterday I was pretty upset. I should have slept on it before posting ‘Don’t know if  I’m sad or angry‘. After writing any newsletter or important email I ‘sleep on it’. It’s one of my rules. I’m sure that anyone who writes would have this rule. My brain needs a break, and if it’s an […]

Posted in: Spiritual growth

Don’t know if I’m sad or angry

May 7, 2012


Hopelessness is rife among urban youth in the Pacific Islands, even though they have been raised in church

In fact, I’m both. The 16 year old son from a Pacific Island family I know has committed suicide. Of course, suicide is a problem in every society, but “For some Pacific Islands, suicide is a leading cause of death in youth, and rates have not only reached epidemic proportions but are among the highest in the […]

Posted in: Discipleship, Mission

Yet another leadership article (yawn) but wait . . .

April 10, 2012


Training local people to disciple others and lead small groups

Christian leadership has to be one of those topics where much gets written and little changes! I’m the leader of a cross-cultural Christian ministry that’s in recovery after a period of bad leadership. So I’m reading everything I can lay my hands on, hoping to gain clarity and be better able to articulate recent painful […]

Is there such a thing as a Christian nation?

April 3, 2012


Funeral procession for Tonga's 5th King Taufa'ahau Tupou - March 2012

Is it possible for a nation or people group to enjoy special blessing because of an early leader’s personal commitment to God? We see this with Israel under the Old Covenant, but is there room for this idea under the New Covenant? I work among tribal people in the South Pacific Islands who love to […]

One reason I love the Islands: The music #2

March 15, 2012


Sasari'i Thumbnail

I blogged recently about the importance of (and high quality of) the original music in the South Pacific Islands where I work. And I linked to a sample – a young Tongan lady who stood in her front yard and sang for me – with wonderful spontaneity and without accompaniment. Sadly, in many places around the […]

Posted in: Culture, Mission, Music

What a Church Movement looks like

March 9, 2012



Last week I was in the South Pacific Islands. Busy days and nights of meetings with our (Pacific Partners) radio and discipleship leaders, but oh so rewarding! One night I had the joy and privilege of teaching young people from various churches who meet weekly at the home of one of our local leaders. They […]