From disillusionment to contentment

From disillusionment to contentment
We keep this love in a photograph We made these memories for ourselves Where our eyes are never closing Hearts are never broken And time’s forever frozen still.

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A major modern means of mission

A major modern means of mission
Mission is a word often used but it is not easy to find a concise definition of it, let alone one on which everyone can agree. Mission has many elements to it.

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I want it all, and I want it now

I want it all, and I want it now
Many people would say that music is a window into our soul; so many messages are communicated through the gift music it’s no wonder the lyrics of songs linger in the minds and hearts of our communities for many years after it has been released.

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Chinese with a dose of Kiwi-ness

Chinese with a dose of Kiwi-ness
Invercargill’s Asian population grew by 170% between 2001 and 2013. People are drawn to Southland because of its low unemployment rates, affordable housing and education opportunities.1 Jordy Jordan tells us how Invercargill Intercultural Baptist Church is ministering to Chinese migrants and the city’s born-and-bred residents alike.

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10 things I wish I’d known about cults

10 things I wish I’d known about cults
Cults—do you think these were a phenomenon that died out decades ago and only appealed to easily-led people? That’s what Steve Worsley used to think before circumstances made him realise otherwise. He shares here what he has since learned.

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We’re all in this together

We’re all in this together
Craig Ashby reflects on what Alexandra Baptist Church is doing to bring all ages together in intergenerational worship, learning and fellowship.

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Faith in fairness?

Faith in fairness?
“Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” asked Job (Job 2:10). Although he meant it rhetorically, it’s a question we often struggle with when ‘the bad’ seems cruel, tragic or pointless: “Why, God? It’s just not fair!” Craig Vernall explains how our demands for fairness may reveal a misplaced faith.

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Discernment: Seeking the will of God

Discernment: Seeking the will of God
Discernment is the Christian practice of seeking God’s will when making decisions. Robyn Mellar-Smith reveals findings from her research into this topic in a New Zealand Baptist context.

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Seeing what God is DO-ing

Seeing what God is DO-ing
Seven teams of Baptist young people and leaders went on a DO Team mission to Fiji in 2017. This year another six teams are planned. Baptist Youth Ministries National Project Manager Heather Ameye Bevers explains what happens on a DO Team and how it impacts those who participate.

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Baptist distinctives

Baptist distinctives
What makes Baptists Baptist? John Tucker traces the Baptist vision of church and its value for ministry and mission today.

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Confessions of a Pastor

Confessions of a Pastor
Grant Harris reflects on "the funny old life" of being a pastor in his context.

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A church family on a mission - Craig's story

A church family on a mission - Craig's story
[email protected] is an experimental church plant supported by Baptists at the site of the former Pt Chevalier Baptist Church. The church is intentionally patterned on Alpha. Howard Webb tells us about one person this new church has touched.

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The lessons never stop

The lessons never stop
Ever noticed the divide between what you think and what you feel? Ethan Miller believes when we understand the reason why we feel, think and do certain things, we can then start working on what it is that we would like to change.

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Parihaka reflections

Parihaka reflections
As part of Hui 2017, delegates watched the documentary film Tatarakihi—Children of Parihaka and were then invited to Parihaka by Te Ātiawa iwi. Here are personal reflections of the experience from three members of our Baptist family.

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Community

Community
The group we have been discipling is now reaching out into neighbouring communities—that’s exciting! Each member is sharing the good news, caring for the sick, as well as helping with literacy work... and they are so excited to see how the Father is using them.

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Journeys

Journeys
Recently I had the opportunity to travel to my local friend’s remote hometown village where I became the first foreigner ever to visit. The people there gave me a warm reception, treating me to the local wheat, garlic, and wildlife—the latter being large, juicy bugs (which were also quite chewy).

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Producing profound change

Producing profound change
Almost 20 Baptist trusts provide some form of social housing or emergency accommodation in New Zealand. CORT Community Housing, whose roots lie in Ponsonby Baptist Church, is one of these.

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Meet Marina Young - founder of Buttons Project

Meet Marina Young - founder of Buttons Project
Marina Young and her husband attend Doubtless Bay Christian Centre. This is her story.

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Meet Jana Branca - artist

Meet Jana Branca - artist
Jana Branca and her family attend Northpoint Baptist Church. This is her story.

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New multicultural ministry consultant

New multicultural ministry consultant
The Northern Baptist Association has appointed Lindsay Jones as their new regional multicultural ministries consultant.

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