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Life New Zealand The Decline

Daybook, Local.

I met Ken Mair 20 years ago. He looked me up and down and asked me where my ancestors came from. This was a cause of some anxiety, as I told him the truth — Bell Block, where the original Taranaki/Wanaganui settlers lived and were buried. Ken appeared mollified with this. You have to give […]

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Lectionary

31 July 19

The situation we find ourselves in at this time is that we are no longer seen by the powers that be as the light of the world, a city set on the hill, preaching guidance to those who are fallen and lost, and Christ, the salvation of the world. We are seen as judgemental, haters, […]

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Poetry

Canto IV

This Canto is in the public domain, or on the web, and unlike our critics, I will quote it. Pound is correct to note the influence of China on Greece and Greece on China: having made remade Chinese poetry as imagism — which is an error, Chinese poetics are allusions piled on metaphor, done to […]

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Lectionary

30 July 19

30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling […]

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Life New Zealand The Decline

Scrapbook.

When I was at university my father got into breeding cows. He started buying calves, and doing deals with some of the local farmers. I can recall going with him (he needed a second person to herd them) to farms in Mangere. I’m not sure if it was the Wallace farm at Ihumato, but I […]

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Lectionary

29 July 19

I’m writing this at a time when one of the best sellers of the 1990s has blown up his marriage and his faith. He has missed the point: at times those things that you hope will last will not. There are marriages that blow up, there are illnesses that do not get healed, and there […]

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Life

Daybook

There are those who choose to be victims and be offended — weaponizing human rights tribunals, and causing chaos. There are those who may be working to accelerate such, turning investigations into witch hunts. I am not sure if such want to erode the culture, but this is functionally what they are doing. Northland Police […]

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Poetry

Sunday Sonnet

The paraphrase continues. Locke quotes the relevant verse as I shal teach thy waies vnto the wicked, & sinne[r]s shall be tourned vnto thee. This is verse 13 of the Psalm, and a modern translation would be Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. The text is fairly clear, […]

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Lectionary

Sunday 28 July.

There were less than ten righteous men in Sodom. Some days I wonder if the proportion of the righteous in our halls of influence is less. 20 And the Lord said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will go down now, and see if they have […]

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Lectionary Life

27 July 19

Do not consider that your position will spare you when the pagans decide that the righteous must be expunged from the world. Your righteousness will not spare you either: in times when the punishment of God falls on a nation often the righteous die early, for God would spare them the pain of living through […]