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Christchurch, New Zealand
a Christian bloke with a beautiful wife and three awesome girls...
Interests: music, movies & commercial aviation photography. which goes to say that my favourite place on earth is any major airport
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Who has ever made a New Year's resolution? Has anyone vowed never to make a new year's resolution again!!?? It's just that time of year! I've already seen several Facebook posts from people who have vowed one resolution or another.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at
Christmas is almost here!!! It is an exciting time of the year and with the weather we've been having, who cannot think about holidays and beaches and time away!!? It is also one of the most understated times of our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at
How can I write without mentioning the historical events going on in the United States? Yes, most of you are most probably over it by now, but there are some real lessons that as Christians we need to grasp from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at
This past week was the first US presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Without a doubt, what's going on in the US right now has a lot of us scratching our heads, but the debate was actually quite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at
Last week Baptist leaders of New Zealand got together for our annual Baptist Hui. The biggest issue we faced at this gathering was the matter of same sex marriage. The Baptist Assembly Council sort to have three resolutions passed. That... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at
The issue of Kim Davis has sparked quite a debate in the US. I have to say I think outside the US this would not be such a big debate. Mainly because Christians around the world are much more aware... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2015 at
"You don't want to leave too, do you?" These are words of longing. Insecurity. Pleading. Need. "Please don't go. Please don't leave me." Some may say that they are testing words. Daring. Challenging. Yet if they were, it would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at
Thanks Neil. If anything I am the perfect candidate for having a heart attack. I'm not afraid of dying but, like you, I am concerned about how I leave my family (my father was killed in an accident when I was 17 and it devastated our family, we just didn't know how to cope without him!). Number 5 truly is interesting. It was the question I struggled with the whole time I was away... Praying for you brother! I appreciate you sharing your life journey!
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2014 on On being a patient at Distinct Reflections
The woman sitting to my right turned to me and said, "He is the most dangerous man I've worked with." I was in court today witnessing a person from our community being sentenced for a number of charges, among those,... Continue reading
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Posted Jul 27, 2014 at OpawaPodcast
In countryside Ireland. Sitting in the middle of a lush, green, quiet environment. It's quite idyllic. A small river running by. Placed under what looks like a willow tree. And an old priest... who would slap me for calling him... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at
It was early 2007 that I found myself on a stage facing around 80 members of Southview Community Church (it was Southview Baptist Church at the time). It was a rather unique experience for me as I had never been... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at
I know I blogged last week on pitfalls, but I focused that post on common pitfalls rather than the effects of the pitfalls themselves. A pitfall is: A concealed hole in the ground that serves as a trap. [a] Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at
I arrived into San Francisco to be picked up by a friend whom I hadn't seen in far too long a time. And yet, in that moment, it really didn't feel like it was years ago, more like just last... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at
There has been a connecting factor in my travels so far. From San Francisco to Sacramento to Washington DC to Countryside Ireland to Liverpool to Edinburgh. From an ex-Pastor to the Pastor of a successful church plant to a Pastor... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at
Ok, so this is my first blog since being on leave. Quite a lot of things I've been processing. Discipleship. Church growth. Next steps for Opawa. My personal vision for the future. Discernment has been high on the prayer list.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at
We read a lot about Job and all his travails, but little is thought about him in the context of leadership. What is Job's calling and how does it impact his ability to lead even when the going gets seriously... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at
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Posted Apr 2, 2014 at
I kinda disagree Jonathan, every church has it's own budget for overseas missions, on top of what they give to NZBMS. That aside though, the general consensus is that regular church goers would freely give to Freeset in Calcutta but not to a struggling church in New Plymouth. Many of the churches in NZ keep highly skilled and trained people in the pews doing absolutely nothing - while other churches in real ministry need areas are struggling with lack of support and people skills. We happily release our people to various overseas missions, but when was the last time you heard a church release someone in their congregation to go be missionaries in Greymouth or Hamilton or even in their own city to another church in real need? I also disagree with the comment that "meaningful pioneering work overseas... increases our vision and passion for what we do at home." Unfortunately I just don't see that. The stats equally don't show that. It seems the opposite actually. The more meaningful work we do overseas, the less we care about the state of the Church here. A great example of that is Christchurch. We were overwhelmed by the support of the Union in the first couple of years. Now, well, we fend for ourselves. Several churches are seriously struggling, a good number of senior leaders are burning out... I can recount a number of serious needs the church still has and will need for quite some time. On top of that, a mission field that was ripe but is now fading rapidly! We're not India or Thailand or Bangladesh, but does that make the need any less? We could do with 20% of your budget. We could do with your missionaries. We could do with a regular 4 page centre spread in the Baptist! I don't mean to be ranting. I do agree that money is well spent in seeing the work being done overseas, I am just conscious of the fact that more time and effort is put into seeing the work done overseas than any work done here... Just look at the Baptist publication! Far more is put into NZBMS and it's work overseas than youth, children's, and local missions combined. There is a serious imbalance, especially among the Baptists.
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I've just been reading the latest on the NZ Census and what it tells about religion/spirituality in our society. You can read it HERE. It's obvious that Christianity is on the decline in New Zealand. So what are we doing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2013 at
I was born and raised in Australia, but always believed I was Italian. My dad was Italian, my best friend was Italian. I started working in an Italian restaurant in Sydney at the age of 12. It didn't matter that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at
Steve Kilbey, the frontman of my favourite band of all time, The Church, announced that their new album (their 24th studio album!) will not feature long standing guitarist Marty Willson-Piper. Now that may not mean much to you all, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at
Hi all, this is my first blog. I'll keep you all updated as I work toward raising the funds to get to Argentina, and while in Argentina I'll update you with my work there. Thanks again for your help! Isabella. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at The Petrini Family News...