Get your hands dirty

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Our earth is an amazing place. It is absolutely full of God’s creation! How can we recall God’s faithfulness from the natural world around us, and how might we remain faithful in caring for the world before us? Mark Day takes a fresh look at compost and veges, and inspires us to get our hands dirty!

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Is there a secret to contentment?

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I find it ironic that I am writing about the secret to contentment at a time when I feel most discontent. How then do I find the strength to truly say, “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24)?

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Debunking Myths about Adolescence

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“It has always been a grouse with the middle-aged that ‘youth isn’t what it was in our young days.’ Today they are dead right. Youth is not what it was even twenty years ago. Nor will it ever be the same again. Young people are changing more rapidly than ever before.”

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Virtues to die for

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For many, if not most of us, our dreams centre on our achievements. We aim for that ideal job, outstanding qualification, or standout accomplishment, and we work very, very hard to achieve it. But the simple truth is that we were not put on this planet to build a resume. And, as Greg Liston explains, this prioritising of achievement that our society increasingly demands leads somewhere very destructive.

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Grace Embodied

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How does understanding grace help us approach the priority of mission within New Zealand? Part 3

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Remembering God’s Faithfulness

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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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Most Needed Often Neglected

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Holiness is a high calling. For those in leadership, the stakes seem to be even higher. How can we even begin to pursue this call? Sam Schuurman gives us some practical pointers and reminds us how God helps us to pursue his call.

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Ambassador of Christ or Ambassador of Christianity?

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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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Te Aroha Noa o Te Atua

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On my father’s side I am Scottish, from the Isle of Barra in the Hebrides. On my mother’s side I am Māori, from the small settlement of Waitangi just south of Te Puke. This story concerns my mother’s family.

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Bursting into Flame

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Teaching children about a holy God can seem daunting! Where do you even start? Here, Scripture Union New Zealand considers how we can encounter God through the Bible, and we caught up with one Kiwi family who have built daily rhythms into their family life to help them know God. What can we learn here about the life-changing holiness of God?

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Holy Holy Holy

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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

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

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The Baptist Worship Project

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Have you had the privilege of visiting different Baptist churches and camps around New Zealand? There are some excellent worship leaders, and hearing worship songs produced by local artists is inspiring—it serves to connect us deeply with Christ. But it is a sad reality that lots of other Kiwis will never get to hear these amazing songs of praise. It is a tragic loss and a buried treasure.

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Justice Initiative group set up

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It could be fair to say that, as Baptists, we like to think that we treat all people fairly and equally. Moral and ethical standards may make us sound judgemental to outsiders, but our heart’s desire is to be just. We are practical people. If there’s something that can be done to help, we pitch in and do stuff.

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Back to the Creed

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Over the past two years, while pastoring at Tauranga Central Baptist, I have had the privilege of baptising seven teenagers and young adults. I have struggled with the question of the amount and type of teaching that should take place before believers are baptised, especially those who have not been raised in church-going families.

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God made me lime green

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In the last issue of the Baptist magazine, we reflected on the women who travelled with Jesus. We noted that both women and men were disciples, while the twelve apostles who will judge the twelve tribes were only men. In this article, we consider how the apostle Paul viewed women.

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Grace Celebrated

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How does understanding grace help us approach the priority of mission within New Zealand? Part 1

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Gifted and Called

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The Bible tells us about women who were disciples, leaders, teachers, prophets, and preachers. What can we learn from them? Sarah Harris considers some of the women who walked with Jesus in the first of a two-part series.

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How do I Mobilise my Church?

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Does your church find it easy to share the good news? Dave Mann shares inspiration and ideas here.

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It's All About Restoration - Addressing Conflict In Church

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The church is God’s amazing gift to a needy world. But it’s populated by a whole heap of sinners, who may be forgiven and given opportunities for multiple new beginnings, but are nevertheless fallible sinners— actually just like me and maybe even you. And so from its very beginning, followers of Jesus seemingly on a Spirit-led journey, have fought with each other. Rodney Macann shares some biblical reflections on conflict resolution.

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