The Kids' Box

The Kids' Box
Earlier this year we were discussing the fact that we currently didn’t have many young families at the church and that our children weren’t visible to the wider congregation. So I suggested we start the ‘Kids’ Box’, an idea my pastor father had come up with many years ago.

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Stop the hurting

Stop the hurting
The emotional (and very often the physical) pain caused by racism world-over is almost unimaginable to comprehend. It has no part in the Christian message and bears no resemblance to the values of the Kingdom of God. GRANT HARRIS reflects on being the peacemakers the world longs for.

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Billy Graham and Gramps

Billy Graham and Gramps
JON COOMBS reflects on the role his grandfather and Opawa Baptist Church played in the 1959 Billy Graham crusade.

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By the Grace of God

By the Grace of God
At Hui 2017, the Chin Glory Evangelical Church of Nelson was welcomed as a fully constituted church in our Union of New Zealand Baptist churches. The following is adapted from a Hui presentation made by the church, with thanks to THANG THANG TIALHNIN for much of the background material.

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Reclaiming the Christmas story

Reclaiming the Christmas story
For the past two years, the Baptist Children and Family Ministries (BCFM) team has produced [email protected] and [email protected] resources for churches and families. KAREN WARNER and MARELIZE BESTER at BCFM’s national office reveal the faith journey they went on when they decided to develop their latest product, the Advent Tree.

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Kindness is how love behaves

Kindness is how love behaves
The festive season comes with all kinds of traditions and celebrations. The focus is on the togetherness of family and friends, hope, joy, special food, gifts, thankfulness and relaxing. Some say it is their favourite time of year. Some do not. TRICIA HENDRY looks at how we might lovingly respond to those needing extra support if this season just brings them increased distress.

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I’m glad you’re not my doctor!

I’m glad you’re not my doctor!
Most professionals participate in some form of ongoing learning related to their field of expertise, whether it is self‑directed study or training to fulfil a regulatory requirement. CHARLES HEWLETT and MIKE CRUDGE reflect on the benefits of lifelong learning for Baptist pastors—for the pastors themselves and for the churches they lead.

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Next Generation Leaders

Next  Generation Leaders
In the movie Shawshank Redemption, the character named ‘Red’ says of his escaped jailhouse buddy, Andy: “I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice.” Here CRAIG VERNALL reflects on the often difficult decision to release our best and brightest.

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Grace Nurtured

Grace Nurtured
How does understanding grace help us approach the priority of mission within New Zealand? Part 5

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Spencer and Emerson’s big adventure

Spencer and Emerson’s big adventure
Children are a vital part of our Tranzsend family. In this monthly column, the children of some of our Tranzsend workers share something of their lives overseas.

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Goats

Goats
We love sharing the different ways God is transforming the communities we are a part of. Here we feature an account of where the significance of Jesus has been a great inspiration to the people we serve.

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The Gateway—two years on

The Gateway—two years on
It’s almost two years ago that these pages carried the story of the purchase of The Gateway; a building in South Asia that could be used to house freedom businesses and train those who had a desire to start or work in a freedom business. In this edition’s Global Mission Pages, we bring you up-to-date with what has been happening at The Gateway over the past two years.

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Judgement day: celebrating transformation

Judgement day: celebrating transformation
In November 2017 Iosis hosted 40 female judges who preside over Family, Criminal and High Courts in New Zealand and Australia.

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The bicultural Baptist journey

The bicultural Baptist journey
In 2014, during the conclusion of our annual Baptist gathering at Waitangi, we committed ourselves to an incarnational engagement within biculturalism. Here JOHN DOUGLAS gives an update on our progress.

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What model do you drive?

What model do you drive?
JOHN PEACHEY looks at the power of leadership models and how some can hurt you, not help you, as a leader.

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God's sovereignty

God's sovereignty
What is God’s plan for your life, and how much say do you get in it? RHETT SNELL reflects on a topic many of us wrestle with at some point in our faith journey.

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Children, church & mission

Children, church & mission
For the sake of the generations to come, who is the church called to be? And what might a refreshed theological vision that answered that question look like? KAREN WARNER considers these questions and offers a catalyst for further discussion.

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A pastoral response to suicide

A pastoral response to suicide
Suicide transcends age, ethnicity, and social and economic markers, and is a topic the media regularly raises. CRAIG VERNALL reflects on the questions suicide raises for us all, especially for those grieving a lost loved one.

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Education choices for Christian families

Education choices for Christian families
Will your faith inform how your children are schooled? PETE SLANEY explores the pinnacles and pitfalls of three educational choices.

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Grace shared

Grace shared
David Moko and Steve Davis reflect upon one of the five strategic priorities Baptist churches are being encouraged to explore—'share'. Specifically they ask, what does it mean to share grace?

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