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Soul Food

Food for thought and soul including observations and reflective opinion pieces on current issues.

an earthquake damaged road in Kaikoura

Here we go again

28 Nov | 2016

Just after midnight on 14 November, many around New Zealand had a rude awakening. A 7.8 earthquake struck 20 km south-east of Hanmer Springs and was felt up and down the country. I

The painting of The Annunciation on the main altar of Catedral de Cristo Salvador by Juan de Borgona (1512)

When Mary said yes

20 Nov | 2016

The words of an angel helped Mary keep going when the path was hard.

tv broadcaster Tim Wilson

Take me home

15 Nov | 2016

We ask New Zealand’s quirkiest TV reporter Tim Wilson to ‘take us home’. And we discovered he is not only the likeable guy on the telly, but a best-selling novelist who found love later in life. Most of all, he’s a man transformed by faith.

Find your prayer voice

4 Nov | 2016

As the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory kicks off a year of non-stop prayer, it's time to rediscover our prayer voices.

Where is the church?

28 Oct | 2016

Professor Jonathan Boston believes that many Christians are displaying ‘an appalling witness to the gospel’ when it comes to caring for God’s creation, and we need a complete transformation.

Norm Hewitt

Norm Hewitt's private world

2 Oct | 2016

Former All Black Norm Hewitt lets us into his private world, and the moment he got on his knees in prayer for the first time. It was the beginning of a transformation.

Murcock the cat with owner Shar Davis

What Murdock teaches me

21 Sep | 2016

I’ve grown up around animals, so it was perhaps inevitable I would become a ‘cat lady’ (while resisting the ‘crazy’ label that so often goes with it.)

In plain sight

16 Sep | 2016

Over the past five years, The Salvation Army in the UK has assisted over 4500 victims of human trafficking. It’s all around us, including New Zealand, says director Anne Read—If you have the eyes to see it.

A father and son in matching clothes

What would Dad do?

7 Sep | 2016

What time did the man go to the dentist? Tooth hurt-y. What happened when the oyster went dancing? He pulled a muscle.

Like most Kiwi kids, I grew up with dad jokes. It was our role as children to look bored and roll our eyes. But, of course, we secretly loved them. And now I find myself repeating my dad’s jokes to my own pre-schooler, trying to at least get a pity laugh.