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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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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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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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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Living in Christ's footsteps

Living in Christ's footsteps
What comes to mind when you consider justice? We caught up with some of those serving with the Baptist Justice Initiative to hear their ideas.

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Grace unleashed

Grace unleashed
In February 2016, Baptist leadership teams gathered to consider how we approach the priority of mission within the Baptist Churches of Aotearoa. Five priorities emerged, centred on the theme of grace. Here, Ben Wakefield and Sarah Harris reflect upon one of these priorities—what does it mean to unleash grace?

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Martin Luther, Communion and the blood of Christ

Martin Luther, Communion and the blood of Christ
2017 marks the five-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the Protestant Reformation initiated by German monk Martin Luther. Luther’s 1517 protest sparked a complete reformation of morals and doctrine, and a return to the key teachings of the primitive apostolic church.

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Remembering God’s Faithfulness

Remembering God’s Faithfulness
The story of the Bible is one of God’s ongoing faithfulness to his people. The very nature of faithfulness means that God hasn’t changed! We caught up with Csilla Saysell, Old Testament lecturer at Carey Baptist College, to reflect further on God’s faithfulness and hear some of her story.

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Ambassador of Christ or Ambassador of Christianity?

Ambassador of Christ or Ambassador of Christianity?
A short time ago I was made aware of a blog post written by an atheist. It was a bunch of tips for Christians on evangelising and it was a fascinating read. It said a lot of things that intrigued me but there was one single point that got me thinking. It was just the wording of a sentence that most people would skip past, but I believe it signifies a massive misunderstanding of Christianity by both those who call themselves Christians and those who don’t...

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Holy Holy Holy

Holy Holy Holy
What is God really like? In some ways, that is impossible to answer. In other ways, perhaps we have become overfamiliar with our own interpretations. Here, Tim Bulkeley takes a fresh look at Isaiah’s encounter with the holiness of God in Isaiah 6, and asks what it means for us.

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A God Encounter

A God Encounter
When was the last time you had a 'God encounter'? Johanna Williams shares her prayer here.

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Seeking an Inheritance

Seeking an Inheritance
We need to take a look at intergenerational faith formation. Sounds... deep/ exciting/technical/interesting/ daunting/vital/trendy. Why is this something to explore and what does it even mean? We caught up with Karen Warner to discover more.

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Waking up to Grace

Waking up to Grace
Do you remember when you first understood something of grace? We each have a journey with grace, and grace will teach us, if we let it. Craig Vernall shares some of his story here.

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Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace
We’ve all heard the famous line, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…” Let’s take a closer look at this hymn. William Chong begins our series that takes a fresh look at well-known hymns.

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The LOVE of God

The LOVE of God
Encountering the love of God is not simply life-changing, but it sustains life in its fullness, as Todd White’s amazing testimony reminds us.

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Possessed by Love

Possessed by Love
Encountering and living in the love of God changes us and leads us to offer that love to those around us - without agenda, because God first loved us.

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Materialise the Invisible

Materialise the Invisible
Erwin McManus is a world- leading advocate for the vital place of creativity in our spiritual lives and longs to see imaginations unlocked in the life of the church. He is the lead pastor at Mosaic, a church community in LA renowned for their innovation and creative expression. Erwin’s understanding of culture and leadership brings fresh insight to the church that must wrestle with its place in today’s world.

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Need a Doctor?

Need a Doctor?
In Luke 5 we are told that Jesus cruises on up to Levi, a tax collector and says, “Yo, follow me” (My adaptation!). So Levi ups and goes. He leaves everything and follows Jesus. I’m still trying to get my head around that, to be perfectly honest. That’s like the modern day equivalent of Jesus walking into a shop during business hours, telling the dude at the counter, “Mate, you’re done here, come with me,” and the dude just walking out of the shop.

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How do you respond?

How do you respond?
How do you respond to the daily complexities and pain in the world? Do you jump right in to help? Do you bury yourself in other things? Andy Shudall reminds us that God was here before any troubles, and he remains faithful - will we remain dependent on God? Roland Peapell provides some thoughts on prayer as part of this reflection.

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The Greatest Journey

The Greatest Journey
Some mornings after I wake up, I switch on my radio to hear the news. On the hour the announcer begins, “Here is the news read by [whoever is on that morning].” On reflection it seems most of the news these days is bad or troublesome, however I am going to remind us in this article of some really good news which is worthy to embrace... Jim Hurn writes of the hope and joy of eternal life.

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Hurt in Church

Hurt in Church
This month we approached Craig Vernall, our Baptist National Leader, to reflect on hurt in church life. Craig sometimes has to get involved with the fallout when things go wrong in our churches. He shares some of his learnings and reflects on this sensitive subject here.

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A Glorious Mess - Sharing in the Eternal Worship of the Triune God

A Glorious Mess - Sharing in the Eternal Worship of the Triune God
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.” How do you respond to these six words? Alan Burnett reflects on our response to the beauty of God.

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Trusting God to Reveal the Truth

Trusting God to Reveal the Truth
An atheist may be able to discern the message Paul wanted the Galatians to understand, but that alone is not reading the Bible faithfully. God intends Scripture to change us...

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Growing Smaller

Growing Smaller
I live in a shed. It's not as exotic as it sounds; it's an insulated sleep out. At one point in its life, it was a dingy garden shed, forgotten about in the corner of an old lady's garden, buried in pine needles. But now it's my bedroom, windowed, pink-batted and plastered inside...

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In Christ Alone

In Christ Alone
When was the last time you remember singing about God’s wrath? If the modern hymn “In Christ Alone” is in your playlist, then it was probably more recently that you realised. William Chong continues our series that takes a fresh look at well-known hymns.

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It is Well with my Soul

It is Well with my Soul
“Saved alone” - these were the first two words that Anna Spafford telegrammed her husband, Horatio, after the ship that she and her four daughters were on sank in a shipwreck that claimed 232 lives – including their four daughters. William Chong continues our series that takes a fresh look at well-known hymns.

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False Start

False Start
In his early twenties, Peter Robertson left his job as a radio station reporter and was included in a remote monastic community at Our Lady of the Southern Star Abbey. Here, we share some of his journey from independent city boy to contemplative apprentice. In his attempts to draw near to God, he reflects on what 'becoming nothing' might not look like!

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