This blog is a space for me to think out loud, which helps me to develop my thinking – and hopefully my feeling and acting!

I do this blogging from my biased posture as one who is committed to trying to love and be loved by God, in the contexts of being a husband, father, family-member, friend, employee, student, writer, musician and DIYer.

Anyone is welcome, and more than that, encouraged to help my thinking-out-loud by engaging through commenting.



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It was great to hear from you. Yes, I found your blog through some convoluted process. I think I searched on blogger for those who put Hebrews as one of their favorite books. You came up eventually.

I am encouraged to hear that another Missourian is in New Zealand! We are very much looking forward to moving to Dunedin. I hope to follow along with your blog and stay in touch.

Thanks again.


I found your blog after doing an internet search for Dr. Bernard Holmes. I’ve heard he is ill and was looking for information; as a former student of his who was greatly impacted by such a godly man at a critical time in my life, it is great to hear of others Dr. Holmes impacted as well. Great blog – I’ll add you to my prayers and wish you the best for your ministry down under.

Thanks bearcat,
Doc is a great man, isn’t he?
Thanks for visiting the blog, take care, and do let me know if Dr. Holmes takes a significant turn in health!

hey dale- it was great seeing you and Di. I love reading all your blogs and listening to your sermons and music. it is pretty weird around CFC these days without the Stones. But if i learned anything from you going to NZ was that “this too shall pass” and the kingdom keeps on trucking. we miss you tons! tell di we said hi. don’t be a stranger. chris.

Boy Dale, that Worldwide Church of God, has a rather colourful history to say the least, eh. Lot’s of skeletons in their closet, and enough schisms to part a tectonic plate. Amongst its original teachings/rules were a ban on observing Christmas and Easter, birthdays, blood transfusions and eating pork. Oh yeah, members were expected to tithe 30% of their income and it’s founder claimed British & American people were descended from The Lost Tribe of Israel – where he came-up from this historic porky is anyone’s business. Saturday was designated as the Sabbath (Herbert’s wife came-up with that one) . They spawned a Christian terrorist cell, that tried to blow-up the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jelusalem. That was in 1967 by the way, three years later the Church suffers a serious melt-down when it comes into the public domain that Garner Ted Armstrong had been ‘touching-up’ one of young members and gambled away thousands in Church funds. Armstrong snr tells Time Magazine his son is “in bonds with Satan”. Armstrong Jnr had left his wife and was at that time shacked-up with an Airline hostess he’d meet on a flight somewhere. Perhaps, to deflect the attention away from these internal ructions and sins of the flesh, the Church announced the world would end with the 2nd coming in 1975. In 1979 (so much for that prophecy) the Church almost went bankrupt when disgruntled ex members sued the organisation claiming financial mis-management (read embezzlement)Around this time they begin teaching followers humanity was being guided by a “Great Unseen Hand from Someplace.” (where is Douglas Adams when you need him?) Tkach snr told the world ‘the holy spirit was a person’ in 1991. Mate, there’s enough material on these internal ructions to write a book. In fact two books have been written, both of which the WWC of God tried to get banned.

You’re excellent at finding dirt on people/organisations and then giving short (and at times distorted) summaries of them. You should check out how Tkach Jr and two friends met up and sparked some of the major changes which ‘went public’ in the 90’s. Interesting stuff.

Oh wow! I have only just clicked on your ‘Fruitful Faith’ link now and reading up on stuff.

My work hours are now gonna be stolen.

Pain bears.


Hey Dale,

Thanks for the comments on my blog. Just noticed you’ve got Strom’s sermon on the Big Picture and that was done at my Church – Shore Christian Community Church. I’m a worship leader there. Been playing in the church since I was old enough to play guitar LOL. Good to meet another worship leader.

Thanks Grant!
You’re probably aware that Reuben Munn is a Northcote-er (my church). :)
Might cross paths some time – take care! :)

I was actually searching for a UK guitarist with your name and was surprised to find Sherri’s little brother all grown up and living in Auckland.

You’ve come a long way since backing into my Cougar’s bumper so many years ago. :-)

Glad to see you’re doing so well. It’s great to see you owning your spirituality now and making it an important part of your life.

Anyway, I’ve enjoying reading your prose here. Keep up the good work.


Heya Andy!
I’ve seen that UK guitarist with a great name before a few times myself… He’s extremely talented! He certainly humbles this guitar-playing Dale Campbell!!!

Thanks for stopping by, and for the encouragement! :)


Gidday there Dale,

Excuse-me barging in on you like this, but you know what us Atheists are like.

The purposes of my intrusion, is to see if you would publish (amend as you see fit) this article I did recently on my blog.

My readership are mostly the non-superstitious, and I’m thinking you may well get more feedback from your followers than me…..

What would it take for a Christian to say: “the story of Christ I was told is not true?”.

Let me run these scenarios by you, and get your feedback.

Scenario One: A new set of Dead Sea Scrolls are found, pre-dating the oldest known set of scriptures by 150 years. They depict Jesus missing years, what he got up to in his teens and twenties. The picture they paint, is at odds with the divine, miracle-worker. The manuscripts tell stories of drunkenness, fights and sexual conquests of a man called Jesus of Nazareth.

Scenario Two: A new set of Dead Sea Scrolls are found, pre-dating the oldest known set of scriptures by 150 years. They depict Jesus missing years, what he got up to in his teens and twenties. The picture they paint, is one of his majesty and compassion. Hither-to-unknown miracles are outlined in its parchments.

Both set of scrolls are analysed and authenticated.

So which set of scrolls would be accepted as being genuine, or should I re-phrase this and say – which set would be believed?

Only the second set fits the established storyline.

Only the second would receive a blessing, from within the established theology.

The first scrolls would either be ignored or called a hoax, not because of any other reason than to accept what the contents said, would mean a complete re-write of the life of Jesus, and bring into doubt his divine heritage.

To believe what was written to the first set of scrolls, would turn Christianity on its head – but is that enough justification to dismiss them outright?

I’m not asking for any credit, or re-directs to my blog.

I’m just intrigued as to how Christians and religious-types as a whole, interpret what is fact and what is fiction.

Cheers there.


PS: Tried emailing aboce address and it was returned?

Hi Paul,
Well, from an historical point of view (for example, what we know from extra-biblical material about the customs, beliefs of the period and what people would bother to write about or not, etc.), the scrolls from Scenario One would be so unlike any writings from that period, that I seriously doubt it could be easily ‘analysed and authenticated’.

Not even the gnostic documents written 100 or so years after the new testament documents are even close to the kind of document described in Scenario One.

So, the scroll in Scenario Two would be valued as being more ‘historical’ (more true to the beliefs of the period) even by an agnostic New Testament scholar like Bart Ehrman (or also by someone like the Jewish New Testament Scholars Amy Jill Levine or Geza Vermes), though of course they would not necessarily ‘believe’ the texts.

The distinction here is between a text which fits ‘historically’ within the idea/thought/custom-world of its period, and a text which is ‘historical’ in that it records events that actually occurred.

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