Despite the statistical decline of Christianity in New Zealand, there is also encouragement, Tim Cooper writes.
Faith and reason
Is Easter really about Jesus being punished for the sins of humankind? Ian Harris doesn't think so.
Be aware of the counterfeits and the fakes, however they are dressed, Peter Sara writes.
Sir Lloyd Geering adds his voice to the debate about the reality/non-reality of God.
Numerous eminent theologians continue to believe the traditional view of God as our creator has more explanatory power than any of its rivals, writes Murray Rae.
Arguments about the reality of God are mostly misconceived or obsolete, Ian Harris says. A change in perspective is overdue.
Peter Matheson contemplates spirituality and religion in what could be a post-secular age.
The biblical stories of Jesus' birth point to something so rich and deep, they leave Rudolph and the Grinch for dead, writes Ian Harris.
When God allows us to face the pain of this world he is speaking loudest, writes Mark Smith.
A summertime Christmas gives us the opportunity to remember Jesus' birthday in fresh ways, writes Lynne Baab.
Without freedom, love is not possible, writes Adam Dodds.
Bothering God? Not at all, says Ian Harris, just examining the big questions of meaning, purpose and existence.
Climate change presents a crisis of faith, writes Bruce Hamill.
Churches need to find ways to be outspoken in their condemnation of physical and sexual violence, while also rethinking how they might better support and affirm survivors, writes Prof David Tombs.
The vision of a global Anglican Communion is buckling under the pressures of sex and modernity, writes Ian Harris.
Ivan Grindlay fears the world is ignoring the plight of Syrian and Iraqi Christians.
James Harding explains why the Bible should be taken seriously.
There's more to the Lazarus story than the popular use of his name would allow, writes Ian Harris.
Stuart Crosson examines what forgiveness means.