I recently gained myself entry into the 30’s club. And like several other people, this round number gave me pause for thought. What had I achieved? What hadn’t I achieved? Who am I? I felt like I was having an existential crisis.
Being a christian isn’t easy. Jesus warned us of this when he said “...in the world, you will have trouble.” Sometimes, the world gets so hard that we begin to question our faith. We begin to wonder whether it’s all a big con. Surely a God that is supposed to be so loving wouldn’t allow all the trials in the world – cancer, death, pain, heartache…
It’s a phrase we most often hear when a child or young adult has died. We think that saying something like this lessens the pain the family left behind a feeling. Surely, they receive comfort knowing their loved one is so important to God.
Michael Cocks is a fourth generation Anglican priest in the Diocese of Christchurch, and shares with his father, Maurice, a desire to explore the spiritual experiences which lie behind the teachings of Christianity.
Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ) is one of the biggest Christian charities in New Zealand. This year they celebrate their 171st year of operation, making them one of the oldest organisations in the country.