A Little Extra – April 2013

An inclusive Christian community in Auckland, New Zealand

A Little Extra – April 2013

Church Service in Future – A sign of things to come?

*PASTOR*: Praise the Lord!

*CONGREGATION*: Hallelujah!

*PASTOR*: Can we please turn our tablet PC, iPad, cell phone, Kindle Bibles to 1 Cor. 13:13. Please switch on your Bluetooth to download the sermon.

PASTOR* Let us pray, committing this week into God’s hands.  Open your Apps, BBM, Twitter and Facebook and chat with God

*PASTOR*: Please have your credit and debit cards ready as we shall now take tithes and offerings. You can log on to the church Wi-Fi using the password: Lord909887. Ushers circulate mobile card swipe machines among the worshipers. Those who prefer to make electronic funds transfers are directed to computers  and laptops at the rear of the church and those who prefer to use iPads  are allowed to flip them open. Those who prefer telephone banking are allowed to take out their cell phones to transfer their contributions to the church bank account. (The holy atmosphere is truly electric as the cell phones, iPads, PCs and laptops beep and flicker!)

[*Announcement*]

*SECRETARY*: This week’s cell meetings shall be held on the various Facebook group pages where the usual group chatting takes place. Please don’t miss out.

Thursday’s bible teachings will be held live on Skype at 1900hrs GMT.

Please don’t miss out. You can follow your Pastor on Twitter this weekend for counselling and prayers. God bless you and have a wonderful week.

Eminent Scientist Speaks up for Christianity

Extract from “Ebbing of Kiwis’ faith defies belief” published in the NZ Herald, Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

An article by Dr Jeff Tallon, CNZM, a physicist specialising in superconductivity, who was awarded the inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Prize for outstanding achievement in science, had the following to say:

“So when Bob Jones claims that the God of our national anthem is a myth I can only presume that he has never studied the evidence…

To adopt C.K. Stead’s image, the relevant evidence is a “strong rope of many strands”.  To focus on just three: firstly the universe about us is astonishingly finely balanced to the point of profound improbability.  Our world has the distinct appearance of createdness…

The second strand is the Bible which shows itself to be both marvellous and miraculous.  It is marvellously corroborated by archaeology, astronomy and history.  It is miraculously endorsed by the accuracy of its long-range forecasting.  This is a strand of steel. The book of Daniel, for example, in a count-down of 173,880 days, reveals to the very day the coming of Jesus to Jerusalem at the beginning of Passion week – though it was written some 500 years earlier.  Today we blithely ignore such evidence because of its nominal impossibility (or possibly because of ignorance).  But something is going on here that defies our modern cynicism for religion.  It certainly leaves our weather forecasters for dead.

The third strand is the singularly unique person of Jesus.  Einstein thought his teaching “capable of curing all the ills of humankind”.  Napoleon stated “between him and whoever else there is no possible term of comparison.  He is truly a being by himself”.

Fully developed, these three strands cord a rope of evidence which to me is beyond reasonable doubt.  What are we to do with this knowledge?  The challenge is not just personal, but it extends to our institutions and our national ideals.  If Einstein was right (and he has been known to be right) we have in our national spiritual heritage a credible means to address all our social ills – at the very least.”