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Soul Food

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

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.

Nick Willis

Re-shaped by God

22 Aug | 2016

Running in his fourth Olympics, Nick Willis is well accustomed to carrying the identity of one of the world’s best. But unlike most sporting celebrities, he’s also brutally honest about his shortcomings and struggles.

Spirit of gold

5 Aug | 2016

The runners sped up, heading for the top bend of the track and the home straight. What followed was one of my favourite memories.

Lego bricks

Lessons from Lego

1 Aug | 2016

When his Lego skills left a toddler unimpressed, Jeremy Suisted learnt a difficult lesson in thankfulness. He reflects on the importance of that small word ‘thanks’, and on its extravagant implications in the unseen Kingdom of God.

Welcome at God's party

29 Jul | 2016

I like to think I fly the banner for averagely-achieving mums. Recently, we held our first proper, kids-high-on-candy birthday party.

The Reluctant Prophet - Part 5

22 Jul | 2016

In the final part of this series, Carla Lindsey asks what the book of Jonah is really about … and the answers are bigger than a really big fish.

Defeating the devil

18 Jul | 2016

Actor Tom Ellis of Miranda fame tackles a very different character in TVNZ’s new show Lucifer. As Lucifer Morningstar, he’s a supernatural force in human form, eliciting the deepest, darkest secrets from people … and yet, given time, may evolve into a more moral entity altogether.

Taking the crisis out of midlife

11 Jul | 2016

Ingrid Barratt is due for a midlife crisis, so she set out to understand our middle years. What she discovers is that midlife is hard, but it can be even more meaningful.

The Reluctant Prophet - Part 4

7 Jul | 2016

‘I’ve got some good news, and some bad news,’ says Jonah to Nineveh. ‘What do you want to hear first?’ Carla Lindsey explains that in Chapter Four, Jonah finally becomes the prophet God called him to be.