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I Believe in the Church

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It’s no secret that church attendance is falling. Arguments rage about what we should do to regain the size and status we once had. But in the midst of all these debates and challenges, hope has not failed us, as Greg Liston explains.

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What Are We Fighting For? Part II

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This is the second article in this series which considers our response to war and conflict. Having reflected on some gut-wrenching statistics, asked why war happens in the light of this knowledge, and looked briefly at what Scripture shows us, Mick Duncan turns to examine three stances towards war.

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A Faithful Presence

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Euthanasia, war, the next US president - these are just a few of the widely debated issues in today’s society. You probably have some kind of response to each of these topics. But how do we respond God’s way? Rhett Snell considers this.

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What Are We Fighting For? Part I

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We are presented almost daily with stories of war and conflict, with inevitable associated tragedy. For some, war is a valid response to atrocities in our world. For others, there can never be anything that justifies war. Is there a correct Christian response to war and conflict in our world? Can Scripture help us out? Mick Duncan begins our exploration with the first of a series of articles on this issue.

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A Conversation with a Neighbour

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Yesterday a neighbour reminded me of something so simple, and yet so vital to my spirituality. Something so simple I often neglect it, put it to the back of my mind, saying it is for other people. Tim Shallard, he does more important things, he doesn't waste his time like that...

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Life In The Balance

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Understanding the debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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Obeying the (Second) Greatest Commandment in Today's Multicultural World

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What does it mean to love those who are from cultures other than our own?

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The Gospel: Making a World of Difference

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Host or guest? Andrew Picard reflects on our true place in Jesus’ Kingdom.

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A New Heart for Mission

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Will we place our hearts before God, allowing Him to shape our lives for what He would have us and those around us do?

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A Grief Observed By A Chinese-Kiwi Christian

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Each family will have different ways of grieving. Within our wider church family, there is much to learn from one another and the different ways grief can be expressed. Shireen Chua describes how her family processed the loss of her grandmother.

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Forgiving When It Really Hurts

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Forgiveness is a practice that we all know about, but how can we forgive when we have been deeply wounded?

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A Visit to a Marae

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Ken Choo of Auckland Chinese Baptist Church shares some reflections on a recent visit that a group of pastors took to a marae.

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My Brother

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Pain in families can cause rifts that God wants to see healed.

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The Bad Thing

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Some years ago (in what now seems like a previous lifetime and in some ways even something that happened to someone else), a bad thing happened...

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Tārore and her Book

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The story of Tārore is a powerful tale of a people who brought peace to Aotearoa through the process of forgiveness. Through this, the message of Christianity spread throughout the country and changed lives.

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What is your Slavery Footprint?

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What is modern-day slavery and are you unknowingly contributing to this?

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The Transforming Love of God

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"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" Romans 12: 2. Here we also provide a list of weekly Scripture meditations.

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Different Frames for the Picture - Reconciling the gospel with Māori culture

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Throughout the world, the body of Christ relates to and worships Jesus in many different ways. The church in New Zealand, as in a number of places, is on a journey exploring what it means to follow Jesus in ways true to indigenous culture, in our case, Māori culture.

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The Treaty of Waitangi is a gift from God

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Craig Vernall, National Leader for the Baptist Churches of New Zealand, delivered the address at the Waitangi Day Ecumenical Service on February 6. He is believed to be the first Baptist to speak at this event. The following is an abridged version of what he said. (Photos courtesy of Jay Matenga Wood, Pioneers NZ)

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Gospel and Treaty relationships at critical crossroads for church

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Over this year the Christian church has a unique opportunity to reflect on how it will respond to the commemoration of two nation-shaping events, the 200th anniversary of the first Christian sermon and 175 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.By Keith Newman with artworks by Paula Novak ©

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What every Christian needs most... and it’s not a new iPhone!

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I’m frequently tempted to believe that I need to buy the newest, and best thing. As a pastor, I’m constantly asking myself how best to connect with this world that is changing technologically, socially, philosophically and morally. I then have to also ask in this changing world: What does our church need most?

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A New Kind of Church

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How should we as the church respond to a rapidly changing culture? Our world has been changing rapidly and radically over the last few years. Amidst this change, the western church is in danger of appearing like refugees, fleeing an increasingly alien world.

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My Story

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Crystal Afualo is part of the Ngati Whatua iwi. She is married to Mike and has five beautiful children. Her heart for Jesus is an inspiration to those who know her and she told me a little of her journey around working out who she is as a Māori Christian.

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