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May 3, 2022 | Chris Chamberlain Channel: 2144749

Assembly Council update

This is the May 2022 update from Assembly Council. These will become regular updates letting you know what we're up to, the things we are…

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Opinion
April 17, 2022 | Alan Jamieson Channel: 2144749

Easter Sunday in the megachurch

Before I started to pray, I made a silly mistake: I looked at the Stuff newsfeed. The fourth headline down depicted the demise of another…

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March 28, 2022 Channel: 2144749

Glen Eden and Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga

Visionwest Community Housing addresses the issue of homeless in New Zealand by providing safe, warm, and quality, rental accommodation for low-income families who cannot access…

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Opinion
March 24, 2022 | Tim Palmer Channel: 2144749

Red-orange-green light: a pastor, a church and unity in Christ

Tim Palmer, Senior Pastor, Franklin Baptist Church shares his journey in a local church as they seek to navigate the vaccination discussion, as they listen…

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March 22, 2022 | Glenn Melville Channel: 2144749

What’s next? Church on the other side of Omicron

The last two years of COVID-19 have been deeply disruptive, both for society and for the church. Many Christians have drifted away from regular engagement…

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March 10, 2022 | Steven Goulstone Channel: 2144749

Imagining a gender equal world: our experience of Women’s History Sunday

Imagining a gender equal world: our experience of Women's History Sunday

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Opinion
March 7, 2022 | Andrew Clark-Howard Channel: 2144749

Has the time come to act?

In this opinion piece Andrew Clark-Howard continues the dialogue on mandates, vaccinations, protests and theology.

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Opinion
February 18, 2022 | Mark Day Channel: 2144749

The other half of what we owe each other

Andrew Clark-Howard’s assessment of the anti mandate protest (What we owe each other: freedom, protest, and responsibility) draws upon excellent resources from Bonhoeffer on freedom.

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February 16, 2022 | George Wieland Channel: 2144749

Biblical principles for churches wrestling with vaccine mandates

Recently, John Tucker, Principal of our theological college (Carey Baptist College) received an email from one of the leaders in our movement of churches, asking…

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February 15, 2022 | Beulah Woods Channel: 2144749

Women’s History Sunday, 6th March 2022

Featuring two remarkable New Zealand Women: Elinor Thornton and Merrilyn Withers

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Opinion
February 13, 2022 | Andrew Clark-Howard Channel: 2144749

What we owe each other: freedom, protest, and responsibility

We’ve all seen it; the images and videos on our screen of people gathering to protest at parliament with a rather bewildering array of placards…

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January 17, 2022 | Karen Warner Channel: 2144749

Re-imagining registration

“Managing change” and “learning to pivot” are phrases we’ve become familiar with over the last year. Probably more than we would actually have liked! While…

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December 20, 2021 | Rebekah Kilpatrick Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: the practicalities

What actually happens in the process of assisted dying? In this article we hear from GP Rebekah Kilpatrick who unpacks the approximately 40 hours of work…

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Education
December 16, 2021 | Donna Denmead Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: being a carer

The caring of a person who has made the choice to end their life through physician assisted dying is now a possibility in New Zealand.…

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December 16, 2021 | Jonathan Robinson Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: what does faithful Christianity look like?

Assisted dying became legally available on 7 November 2021. Continuing on in this series of articles to resource and support our churches at this time, pastor and scholar Jonathan…

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December 14, 2021 | Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church Channel: 2144749

Local church made a cheesy Covid safety video (And we love it!)

Pastor Albert Tang at Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church mentioned on social media: “Just sharing the video we produced for information and clarification for returning to…

Caring for each other helps in many ways: churches respond to the pandemic Image
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December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor Channel: 2144749

Caring for each other helps in many ways: churches respond to the pandemic

Human beings need many things to survive and to thrive. In addition to our obvious physical needs, self-determination theorists point to three things that are…

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December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor Channel: 2144749

Caring for each other helps in many ways: churches respond to the pandemic

An earlier version of this article was published in the Otago Daily Times on 15 October 2021. Reproduced with permission. Lynne Taylor is Researcher for…

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December 14, 2021 | Simon Williams Channel: 2144749

Not vaccinated: a pastor’s personal opinion

Simon Williams is a pastor at Kaiapoi Baptist Church. The opinions expressed here are his own. View more opinion on Baptist magazine.

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December 11, 2021 | Daphne Marsden Channel: 2144749

Responding to the #MeToo movement—with a message from Jesus and the Samaritan woman

Is sexual abuse an issue for the church in 21st Century Aotearoa New Zealand? In this long-form article Daphne Marsden, one of our pastor/scholar/authors shares…

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What’s next? Church on the other side of Omicron Image
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March 22, 2022 | Glenn Melville Channel: 2144749

What’s next? Church on the other side of Omicron

The last two years of COVID-19 have been deeply disruptive, both for society and for the church. Many Christians have drifted away from regular engagement…

Biblical principles for churches wrestling with vaccine mandates Image
Education
February 16, 2022 | George Wieland Channel: 2144749

Biblical principles for churches wrestling with vaccine mandates

Recently, John Tucker, Principal of our theological college (Carey Baptist College) received an email from one of the leaders in our movement of churches, asking…

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December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor Channel: 2144749

Caring for each other helps in many ways: churches respond to the pandemic

An earlier version of this article was published in the Otago Daily Times on 15 October 2021. Reproduced with permission. Lynne Taylor is Researcher for…

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November 1, 2021 | Gareth Jones Channel: 2144749

Taking responsibility for health is not at odds with worship

This article was first published in the Otago Daily Times on 25 October 2021. Reproduced with permission.

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October 21, 2021 | Howard Webb Channel: 2144749

We need much more time to talk on Sunday

Living through this pandemic, what are we most looking forward to about getting back to in-person church services on Sunday morning?

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September 13, 2021 | Paul Askin Channel: 2144749

Coming out of crisis

In 2020 after coping with COVID restrictions for some time, Paul Askin shared these words of encouragement in living through crisis.

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August 24, 2021 | Mike Crudge Channel: 2144749

Baptist churches sharing lockdown resources

With Aotearoa New Zealand in COVID-19 lockdowns again, one of our Regional Leaders, Reti Ah-Voa was quick to seek Sunday online gathering resources from within…

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June 8, 2021 | Jonan Castillon Channel: 2144749

Celebrating eight years of Multicultural Response Ministry

We thank the Lord God Almighty for giving us the Multicultural Response Ministry and sustaining us in the past eight years.

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May 9, 2021 | Jonathan Ayling Channel: 2144749

Battered, bruised, beautiful feet

For the modern, western Christian, the picture of running is often a positive one. Perhaps it is a few kilometres on a Saturday morning to…

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February 6, 2021 | Beulah Wood Channel: 2144749

Stories worth celebrating

A chance to celebrate past women leaders will come in March 2021. Historians recognise that often women’s history was not written or recognised, so this…

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February 6, 2021 | Jonathan Edmeades Channel: 2144749

Following Jesus into the future

Our world is a profoundly different place from what we imagined it would be 12 short months ago. In the midst of this context of…

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January 24, 2021 | Tim Hodge Channel: 2144749

Navigating Tough Texts

Navigating Tough Texts is Harris taking 57 texts from the Gospels and Acts, and a further 66 from the Epistles and Revelation, and using his…

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December 24, 2020 | Jonathan Ayling Channel: 2144749
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December 5, 2020 | Greg Liston Channel: 2144749

Kingdom come

Each time we say the Lord’s Prayer, we ask for God’s Kingdom to come. This is not just a prayer of hope for the future,…

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November 24, 2020 | Linda Grigg Channel: 2144749
Life Is…An ordinary Kiwi reflects Image
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November 24, 2020 | Michael Reddell Channel: 2144749
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October 10, 2020 Channel: 2144749
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October 3, 2020 | Matthew Thornton Channel: 2144749
The church & racial justice Image
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October 3, 2020 | Jennie Ekigbo Channel: 2144749

The church & racial justice

Jennie Ekigbo explains what she believes the church can learn from the current movement for racial justice.

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September 27, 2020 | Karen Warner Channel: 2144749

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Easter Sunday in the megachurch Image
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April 17, 2022 | Alan Jamieson Channel: 2144749

Easter Sunday in the megachurch

Before I started to pray, I made a silly mistake: I looked at the Stuff newsfeed. The fourth headline down depicted the demise of another…

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Stories
March 28, 2022 Channel: 2144749

Glen Eden and Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga

Visionwest Community Housing addresses the issue of homeless in New Zealand by providing safe, warm, and quality, rental accommodation for low-income families who cannot access…

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Stories
March 10, 2022 | Steven Goulstone Channel: 2144749

Imagining a gender equal world: our experience of Women’s History Sunday

Imagining a gender equal world: our experience of Women's History Sunday

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December 14, 2021 | Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church Channel: 2144749

Local church made a cheesy Covid safety video (And we love it!)

Pastor Albert Tang at Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church mentioned on social media: “Just sharing the video we produced for information and clarification for returning to…

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November 28, 2021 | Lew Meyer Channel: 2144749

God’s hands and feet—Community Chaplaincy

“I value every opportunity to be God’s hands and feet where possible” says Beryl Diack, Community Chaplain of Eastside Baptist Church in Invercargill.

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November 22, 2021 | Emily MacKay Channel: 2144749

Wrapping women in aroha: Still Water Scarves

Two years ago, a small group of women from Palmerston North Central Baptist Church, inspired by a message by Tearfund during missions month, set up…

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November 3, 2021 | Deborah Makarios Channel: 2144749

Justice like a river: immigration and prayer

Deborah Makarios of Epuni Baptist Church asks “Who is my neighbour?”

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November 1, 2021 | Gareth Jones Channel: 2144749

An open letter to the unvaccinated in the Christian community

Gareth Jones attends Dunedin City Baptist Church and is Emeritus Professor in Anatomy at the University of Otago. He has written this letter to Christians…

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September 23, 2021 | Charles Hewlett Channel: 2144749

Understanding your Neighbourhood: Conversations with Charles Hewlett

This is the webinar recording of the final in this 3-episode series (22 September 2021) where Charles Hewlett (Baptist National Leader) talked with Lynne Taylor…

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September 11, 2021 | Mike Crudge Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Mike Crudge

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 10, 2021 | Christine Saywell Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Christine Saywell

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 9, 2021 | Richardson Lau Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Richardson Lau

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 8, 2021 | Donna Denmead Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Donna Denmead

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 7, 2021 | Dave Tims Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Dave Tims

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 6, 2021 | Jamie Li Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Jamie Li

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 5, 2021 | Cliff Thompson Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Cliff Thompson

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 4, 2021 | Jonathan Edmeades Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Jonathan Edmeades

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 3, 2021 | Helen Geddes Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Helen Geddes

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 2, 2021 | Chris Chamberlain Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Chris Chamberlain

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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September 1, 2021 | Kate Dunstan-Brown Channel: 2144749

The future of ministry and mission—Kate Dunstan-Brown

What is God saying to you and to others? What will future ministry and mission look like? What things need to remain the same? What…

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Assembly Council update Image
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May 3, 2022 | Chris Chamberlain Channel: 2144749

Assembly Council update

This is the May 2022 update from Assembly Council. These will become regular updates letting you know what we're up to, the things we are…

Red-orange-green light: a pastor, a church and unity in Christ Image
Opinion
March 24, 2022 | Tim Palmer Channel: 2144749

Red-orange-green light: a pastor, a church and unity in Christ

Tim Palmer, Senior Pastor, Franklin Baptist Church shares his journey in a local church as they seek to navigate the vaccination discussion, as they listen…

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Opinion
March 7, 2022 | Andrew Clark-Howard Channel: 2144749

Has the time come to act?

In this opinion piece Andrew Clark-Howard continues the dialogue on mandates, vaccinations, protests and theology.

The other half of what we owe each other Image
Opinion
February 18, 2022 | Mark Day Channel: 2144749

The other half of what we owe each other

Andrew Clark-Howard’s assessment of the anti mandate protest (What we owe each other: freedom, protest, and responsibility) draws upon excellent resources from Bonhoeffer on freedom.

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Opinion
February 13, 2022 | Andrew Clark-Howard Channel: 2144749

What we owe each other: freedom, protest, and responsibility

We’ve all seen it; the images and videos on our screen of people gathering to protest at parliament with a rather bewildering array of placards…

Re-imagining registration Image
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January 17, 2022 | Karen Warner Channel: 2144749

Re-imagining registration

“Managing change” and “learning to pivot” are phrases we’ve become familiar with over the last year. Probably more than we would actually have liked! While…

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December 20, 2021 | Rebekah Kilpatrick Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: the practicalities

What actually happens in the process of assisted dying? In this article we hear from GP Rebekah Kilpatrick who unpacks the approximately 40 hours of work…

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Education
December 16, 2021 | Donna Denmead Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: being a carer

The caring of a person who has made the choice to end their life through physician assisted dying is now a possibility in New Zealand.…

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December 16, 2021 | Jonathan Robinson Channel: 2144749

The End of Life Choice Act: what does faithful Christianity look like?

Assisted dying became legally available on 7 November 2021. Continuing on in this series of articles to resource and support our churches at this time, pastor and scholar Jonathan…

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Opinion
December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor Channel: 2144749

Caring for each other helps in many ways: churches respond to the pandemic

Human beings need many things to survive and to thrive. In addition to our obvious physical needs, self-determination theorists point to three things that are…

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December 14, 2021 | Simon Williams Channel: 2144749

Not vaccinated: a pastor’s personal opinion

Simon Williams is a pastor at Kaiapoi Baptist Church. The opinions expressed here are his own. View more opinion on Baptist magazine.

Responding to the #MeToo movement—with a message from Jesus and the Samaritan woman Image
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December 11, 2021 | Daphne Marsden Channel: 2144749

Responding to the #MeToo movement—with a message from Jesus and the Samaritan woman

Is sexual abuse an issue for the church in 21st Century Aotearoa New Zealand? In this long-form article Daphne Marsden, one of our pastor/scholar/authors shares…

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November 7, 2021 | Gareth Jones Channel: 2144749

An individual’s Christian response to a vaccine mandate in the workplace

Vaccination mandates and the workplace: Are Christians in the firing line? Gareth Jones attends Dunedin City Baptist Church and is Emeritus Professor in Anatomy at…

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November 6, 2021 | Rick Pierce Channel: 2144749

Emerging from a lockdown response to a global pandemic

Rick Pierce, works for the Northern Baptist Association as a Network Pastor, Health & Development. Here he shares some ways local churches can respond as we…

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November 2, 2021 | Ken Keyte Channel: 2144749

Cross-shaped unity for church through the COVID-19 Protection Framework

Since the Government’s announcement about the COVID-19 Protection Framework, my mind, like that of many pastors, has been occupied by what this will mean for…

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October 25, 2021 | Laurie Guy Channel: 2144749

666 and the COVID-19 pandemic

A Baptist pastor asked last week if we would provide something on why the COVID-19 vaccine should not be considered the ‘Mark of the Beast’. Our very own retired Carey Baptist…

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October 20, 2021 | Alan Jamieson Channel: 2144749

Time for action—what comes after staying at home and rolling my sleeve up?

As a follow on from last week's opinion piece: Vaccinations and the local church: Seven views on the current situation, Alan Jamieson, General Director of…

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October 20, 2021 | Barry Denholm Channel: 2144749
Vaccinations and the local church: Seven views on the current situation Image
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October 10, 2021 | Mike Crudge Channel: 2144749

Vaccinations and the local church: Seven views on the current situation

What we have done is seek a variety of perspectives at this time on the vaccinated/not-vaccinated discussion as New Zealand soon ends lockdowns in favour…

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September 20, 2021 | John Tucker Channel: 2144749

COVID, government and individual soul liberty—a pastor’s question answered by the Principal

One of our Baptist pastors had a theological question. Our college Principal, Dr John Tucker answers this below.

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Being the (well-washed) hands & feet of Jesus Image
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March 31, 2021 | Rachel Roche Channel: 2144749

Being the (well-washed) hands & feet of Jesus

This is the most exciting time, as we are part of a movement responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a positive life‑giving way. The history…

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October 3, 2020 | Mark Davie & Brian Brannigan Channel: 2144749

Church insurance

Mark Davie explains the aims and benefits of the Baptist Insurance Fund and Brian Brannigan of Trinity Baptist Church shares a cautionary tale about the…

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August 2, 2020 | Cameron Fisher Channel: 2144749

4 benefits of a good accounting system

During this time of economic uncertainty, a modern accounting system is important to provide key and timely information to church leaders. Cameron Fisher of CATAS…

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August 1, 2020 | Cameron Fisher Channel: 2144749

4 benefits of a good accounting system

During this time of economic uncertainty, a modern accounting system is important to provide key and timely information to church leaders. Cameron Fisher of CATAS…

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February 8, 2020 | Christian Savings Channel: 2144749

Christian Savings

This year Christian Savings (previously Baptist Savings and Development Society) is celebrating 58 years of partnering with churches.

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February 15, 2022 | Beulah Woods Channel: 2144749

Women’s History Sunday, 6th March 2022

Featuring two remarkable New Zealand Women: Elinor Thornton and Merrilyn Withers

Amidst the lockdown struggle: cracked open by joining together Image
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November 1, 2021 | Andrew Clark-Howard Channel: 2144749
Lockdown from the perspective of a working Mum Image
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August 24, 2021 | Kathryn Heslop Channel: 2144749

Lockdown from the perspective of a working Mum

This story was first shared in April 2020.

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March 31, 2021 | Wendy Budge Channel: 2144749
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February 6, 2021 | Sophia Sinclair Channel: 2144749

It’s still good news

Maybe you prefer old-fashioned face-to-face interaction... but you still love getting out your phone or tablet to scroll through social media, video chat, send emails…

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December 5, 2020 | Wendy Joyes Channel: 2144749

The Word made flesh

Christmas means different things to different people. Wendy Joyes explores how artwork has variously portrayed Jesus and his coming as a baby, and what the…

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August 2, 2020 | Jenny Beck Channel: 2144749
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July 28, 2020 | Ross Banbury Channel: 2144749

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