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STIMULUS: The New Zealand Journal of Christian Thought and Practice

Volume 26 / Issue 1 / 2019




by Kate Tyler

In late 2017, Bishopdale College hosted our bi-annual School of Theology, a two-day conference where robust theological reflection is presented within a framework of equipping believers for service and leadership.

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Guidelines for Contributors

by Stimulus

Stimulus welcomes the submission of material for Publication.

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How Church Can Appeal to Young People: A Critical Comparison

by David Bosma

Many churches and church leaders are interested in how they can best format their services and overall environment so that they might appeal more to young people.

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Discipleship as a “Who” Question: Bonhoeffer on Reading Scripture as the Call of the Present Christ

by Joel Banman

“Christianity without the living Jesus Christ remains necessarily a Christianity without discipleship; and a Christianity without discipleship is always a Christianity without Jesus Christ.”[1]

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Humility as a Hermeneutical Virtue: Karl Barth on Faith and Miracles

by Michael Bartholomaeus

“For Christian faith,” Francis Watson observes, “truth is textually mediated.”[1]

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Set Your Hope On Heaven: Living Inside The Mission Of Jesus Ascended

by Andrew Burgess

This article is designed to connect Christological insights with some contemporary matters of Christian life and the realities of church practice.

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“All you need is Love” - Jesus: Living the Moral Teaching of Jesus in our Context.

by Graham J. O'Brien

Most people have a view of Jesus as one of, if not the greatest, moral teachers.

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Holistic Discipleship: Embracing the Mission of God to All of Creation Through a ‘Green’ Reading of Revelation

by Jean Palmer

This article is an amended version of a paper given originally at the 2017 School of Theology held at Bishopdale College in Nelson. It also draws on my Master's Thesis: Alas for the Earth: An Ecocritical Reading of Revelation (2016) which contains a more detailed account of some of the issues raised here, particularly in the exegesis of selected texts in Revelation.

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Making Disciples by Performing Miracles: A Study in Mark

by Jonathan Rivett Robinson

The two principle themes of Mark’s gospel are Christology – the person and identity of Jesus Christ – and discipleship, what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

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Hearts and Minds: Leaders Reproduce Leaders

by Jude Saxon

It seems that most conversations I have in church and ministry settings all converge on the same topic: leadership development.

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Bishop Richard Ellena

Ministry Corner

by Stimulus

For this edition of Stimulus, we sat down and had a conversation with Richard Ellena, who retired at the end of 2018 after serving as the Anglican Bishop of Nelson for twelve years.

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by Darlene Adair

“It’s not good news, I’m afraid.”

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Easter Procession

Easter Procession

by Sarah Penwarden


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The Voice: Night, Dawn, Day

by Geoff New

Mark 16:1-8

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St Imulus: Confessions of a Bible Editor

by Stimulus

You get to be a Saint because of all the stuff you’d done back in the days of temporal life – sometimes paid, often unpaid, honorary, voluntary things.

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Video: for KING & COUNTRY – joy. (Official Music Video)

Do I Choose Joy?

by Peter Jelleyman

By the time For King and Country’s (K&C) song Joy burst onto my screen it had already been on top of LIFE FM’s You Chart for several weeks.

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Video: Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame - Official Trailer

Vision: Avengers: Endgame

by Yael Klangwisan

Dir. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo. Los Angeles: Marvel Studios. April 2019.

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Paul: An Apostles Journey

Book Review: Paul: An Apostles Journey

by Derek Tovey

Douglas A. Campbell

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The Significance of the Temple Incident in the Narratives of the Four Gospels

Book Review: The Significance of the Temple Incident in the Narratives of the Four Gospels

by Derek Tovey

Deolito V. Vistar, JR.

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Heaven: An Inkling of What's to Come

Book Review: Heaven: An Inkling of What's to Come

by Kelvin Wright

Myk Habets

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"Without Ceasing to Be a Christian" A Catholic and Protestant Assess the Christological Contribution of Raimon Panikkar

Book Review: "Without Ceasing to Be Christian": A Catholic and Protestant Assess the Christological Contribution of Raimon Panikkar

by Douglas Pratt

Erik Ranstrom & Bob Robinson

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Edited by Lex McMillan, Sarah Penwarden and Siobhan Hunt

Book Review: Stories of Therapy, Stories of Faith

by Sue Burns

Edited by Lex McMillan, Sarah Penwarden and Siobhan Hunt

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Collison, Compromise and Conversion During the Weslyan Hokianga Mission, 1827-1855

Book Review: Collision, Compromise and Conversion During the Wesleyan Hokianga Mission, 1827-1855

by Terry Wall

Gary A. M. Clover

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