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Life Matters

A selection of thoughtful articles that confront common problems and issues that we all experience.
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Before you hit the trails

15 Apr | 2014

Mud and flooded rivers are part of the fun when it comes to mountain biking in the winter months. But it’s important to be prepared. Here are some essentials for your kit …

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What is social justice anyway?

10 Apr | 2014

Although ‘social justice’ can be a slippery notion to keep a grip on, it’s important to keep asking ourselves: ‘Am I living justly?’

Every child counts

10 Apr | 2014

Ahead of the New Zealand General Election on 20 September, we are publishing material from a Christchurch-based group of Christians suggesting a ‘Gospel Manifesto’.

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26 Mar | 2014

Online you just push a button, but what happens in real life when a friendship becomes too hard?

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What is Lent?

21 Mar | 2014

We might already know that Lent is about giving something up in the weeks before Easter. But we may know little about why we do this, or the other aspects of ‘walking with Jesus’ to the cross at Easter.

a woman with shopping bags

Are you a shop-o-holic?

29 Jan | 2014

The season of giving is behind us, but its ugly cousin, mass consumerism, keeps on keeping on. How can you shop differently this year?

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How to change your life

10 Jan | 2014

It’s the time of year when we often think about what we’d like to change about our lives. Here is a pocketful of wisdom on how to …

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What's for dinner?

10 Jan | 2014

How to save on last minute trips to the dairy and prevent food budget blowouts.

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The perfect status update

2 Dec | 2013

If you’ve got Facebook status anxiety, here are our dos and don’ts for the perfect update.