I am a retired science educator and writer and until recently was working as a full time stationed lay minister for the Methodist Church in the Auckland Central Parish(last five years). With my gold card, the bus is free and I have been practising my regal wave for the envious common people on the footpath. Although technically retired for second time I am attempting to complete two books. I have taught in a variety of High Schools including a short stint in New Guinea, a few years on secondment to Secondary Teachers College (ACE at Epsom) and my last job in teaching was 23 years as Head of Science at Mangere College.
My writing includes more than 60 newspaper articles, mainly on science topics, and a recent major magazine article on the science of climate change. My books include one on classroom testing, a book on the Azaria Chamberlain dingo case (Azaria – One Kind of Justice), two books on Middle East politics (War Clouds in the Gulf and Anatomy of Terror). I call my theology progressive – and my critics call it liberal. My PhD Thesis (Alienated by Evolution) was on the topic of the Creation Evolution debate. One of my studies for those interested in Bible understanding, Shaping God is on this site. My lectionary sermons for the last two and a half years are on this site.
I enjoy music and play incompetent jazz piano for my own amazement. I wrote a musical comedy Visitors for James some years ago and the effort nearly killed me. I have put 4 of my contemporary hymns to familiar tunes on this web site and anyone is free to use them but not for profit.
Rotary takes some of the “spare time”. I am a member of a small club (Mangere) which is so small virtually everyone gets to be President.
Family wise I am married to Shirley (management!) and recently we have discovered we enjoy travelling. Shirley is a gardener, a patchwork whiz, and somewhat to her surprise appeared to like being a minister’s wife. She (like me) greatly enjoys being grand-parent. With four married children (plus five and a bit grandchildren)all living in the Auckland region, family occasions are keeping us busy.