CIS – Religion

Chapter 8.

The Church in Samoa has been the target of sustained complaints and criticisms going back centuries. Political leaders are quick to repeat the marketing meme that Samoa is Founded Upon God. This is a piece of corporate arrogance if ever there was and a technical impossibility at the same time, for Christianity is always a personal matter, a relationship between an individual and his Creator through Jesus. Corporate Christianity is an impossibility and a [deliberate] deception. [Read more…]

Going Under Another Authority

Jandals & mango leaves used in a spiritual lesson in Samoa

Jandals & mango leaves used in a spiritual lesson in Samoa

In this Sermon from Samoa I share the philosophical basis for my self-imposed Christian label, “non-denominational Christian” and the significance of what I call simply (here in third world Samoa), “going under another [authority]’. The spiritual significance to this belief system is huge & in time will become much more relevant as the Holy Spirit continues to draw people away from organised religion. It’s a massive subject but here’s a first-whack at it. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Which Church?

Baha'i Temple - A syncretising faith

Baha’i Temple – A syncretising faith

A visitor to Samoa can easily be perplexed when choosing a church with the plethora of churches here, and the mantra that Samoa is founded upon God.

Denominational differences are strong and choices range between the Catholic and the Protestant and a wide range of Protestant options, not to mention the Baha’i Faith.

In fact most visitors (unless predisposed in this regard) are not interested much in theology and will likely elect a church that is recommended to have a shorter service, good singing and perhaps holds their service in English.

The theological question remains however . . . which church in Samoa is right, or true? [Read more…]

Church buildings – great but not biblical

Palagi Perspectives

Samoa Church

A Samoan church – an imposing sight and source of pride

A noticeable feature of the Samoan landscape that always catches our Palagi visitors’ attention is the plethora of churches in Samoa. Depending on your perspective this can be either a good thing or not.

It is rare that a guest from offshore will not make mention of Samoa’s remarkable infatuation with big, bright and expensive church buildings.

Please let it be known that I love church architecture, the majesty of towers rising to the heights, the glorious sounds of church bells in the distance and the enormous efforts of a village to show their capacity to conceptualise, work together, fund and produce such amazing structures. [Read more…]

White Sunday

Palagi Perspectives

Safotu Catholic Church

Safotu Catholic Church – White Sunday 2009

There are some things that Samoa does really well. Celebrating White Sunday is one of them.

I’ve lived in Samoa for three years now and I always get excited when I see the hoopla and pizzazz around the White Sunday celebration.

I’m constantly told that “it’s for the kids!” but I know very well that there are always two stories in Paradise. Let’s be honest about it. Is it not also for the big kids too?

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