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Christian karakia: do you think they are appropriate for state schools?

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Song Leader:- Sally Mabelle

Christian karakia: do you think they are appropriate for state schools?
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David Hines © 3 July 2022

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Usually when I preach in church it’s because I’ve done some homework on a subject and think it might be useful to other people. Today I’m in the opposite situation. I’ve done a survey on Christian karakia. But the problem is more complicated than I realised, so I would appreciate your input before I come to a firm conclusion. As a second step, I would like to take your conclusions to other groups, such as atheists, Jews and Muslims, and then to the government.

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Let’s stop apologising for God

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Let’s stop apologising for God
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David Hines © 16 January 2022

Introduction

My sermon today says Let’s stop making apologies for God. She’s a total nuisance.

In the Christian circles I grew up in, people were constantly saying how good God was.

They blindly ignored all the grief and harm in the world, and if anybody drew attention to it, they’d come up with excuses. Like: God sent this to test you.

If you pointed out that God did nothing whatever to help you through these troubles – after you prayed for help and nothing happened, they’d say: God aways answers your prayers: Sometimes the answer is Yes. Sometimes it’s no, and sometimes it’s wait.

I was not very old before I realised this too was crap, because that means absolutely any thing can be called God, and in practice that’s the same as there being no God at all.

So I’d like to talk about the claims religious people make for God, and the major excuses they make when she doesn’t deliver.

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Be kind, most of the time

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Sally Mabelle, Nina Khouri.

Be kind, most of the time
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David Hines © 10th October 2021.

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When I agreed to preach at this service a couple of weeks ago, I had to pick a topic off the cuff, so I said I’d talk about how we can help people who are especially hard hit by the lockdown. In our Prime Minister’s words “Be kind”.

But eight days ago that story was overtaken by Brian Tamaki running his protest against the lockdown ….

So I’ve changed the topic a little: Be kind, most of the time.

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The Government’s Hate Speech Bill: What Do You Think?

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The Government’s Hate Speech Bill: What Do You Think?
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David Hines © 3rd October 2021.

In July I was surprised to get a call from a member of the Association of Rationalists and Humanists asking if I had written a submission on the government’s new hate speech proposal. I hadn’t, but I was grateful for the suggestion.

I had written a a similar article a couple of years ago – taking a free speech approach, and found my thoughts had shifted a little in between.

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The American Nightmare

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The American Nightmare
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David Hines © 10th January 2021

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Discussion / Meditation

  • What can we learn from the scary situation in the USA?
  • Can we share our fears and hopes with each other?

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The Remarkable Story Of The Christmas Truce

Which do you prefer – the Jewish Garden of Eden? Or the Christian One?

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Which do you prefer – the Jewish Garden of Eden?
Or the Christian One?
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David Hines © 3rd January 2021

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Discussion / Meditation

  • What was your reaction to Juliet Moses’ address?
  • Is racism a problem in New Zealand?
  • If so, what could we do about it?

Links

“Mi Chamocha/Miriam’s Song” (Song 7 of 16) from Shabbat Unplugged

The link to the Abrahamic Council discussion below is straight to Juliet Moses contribution shown in David’s talk, there is also follow up from her in response to a question starting from about 57:08.

Religious attitudes to Racism – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim views – Wellington Abrahamic Council – June 30th 2020

Let’s Celebrate
– Tune Vulpius 16th Century – Words © David Hines

Let’s celebrate how time began,
bursting to life in one huge bang,
the birthday of the whole shebang.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Beautiful Earth, with coat of green,
you’re the best planet we have seen.
Here we can breathe and dance and dream.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Running in Darwin’s relay race,
one creature dies; two take its place.
New species bloom in each free space.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

When I was born, one awesome day,
love welcomed me along the way,
fired me with hope and DNA.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Last night I heard a small voice say:
Creatures of Earth, come out and play.
Rise and enjoy this holiday.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Don’t blame the politicians; blame the people who voted for them

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Don’t blame the politicians;
blame the people who voted for them
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David Hines © 23 August 2020

For my sermon I’d like to start off with Plato’s comment that democracy is NOT a perfect system of government, because it encourages people who are selfish and irresponsible, and politicians who have to bribe them to stay in power.

1. Be well informed; looking at all sides
2. Lobby our leaders with empathy
3. Show some respect for our politicians, including those you don’t like
4. Work for consensus
5. If they go low, we go high
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My doctor told me to take it easy

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My doctor told me to take it easy
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David Hines © 2 June 2019

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I got this sermon idea from my doctor.

When I saw her a couple of weeks ago, she said you need to take it easy.

She was talking about the heart attack I had last July.

And of me often being exhausted with legal campaigning.

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