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.
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.
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.
Jesus said the first would be last, the weak would be strong, and the best leaders are servants. These are part of the upside-down kingdom of God. There is another. God often chose women when human societies expected men. Beulah Wood takes a look at some of the female leaders of the Bible.
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.
It may just be a psychological game that my mind and body plays on me, but like an athlete in a race who crashes over the finishing line, sabbaticals have always come at the right time for me. Craig Vernall shares his insights about sabbaticals.
Church leadership can be demanding: the call of Christ plus real or perceived expectations from others and self can result in ‘hallowed hyper-activity.’ Seeking physical, emotional, spiritual and relational well-being is key to serving sustainably.