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News
May 3, 2022 | Chris Chamberlain

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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Articles
April 17, 2022 | Alan Jamieson

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

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

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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Events
March 22, 2022 | Glenn Melville

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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Stories
March 10, 2022 | Steven Goulstone

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

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

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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Education
February 16, 2022 | George Wieland

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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Events
February 15, 2022 | Beulah Woods

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

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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News
January 17, 2022 | Karen Warner

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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Education
December 20, 2021 | Rebekah Kilpatrick

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

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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Articles
December 16, 2021 | Jonathan Robinson

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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Stories
December 14, 2021 | Pakuranga Chinese Baptist Church

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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Opinion
December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor

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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Articles
December 14, 2021 | Lynne Taylor

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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Opinion
December 14, 2021 | Simon Williams

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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Articles
December 11, 2021 | Daphne Marsden

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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Stories
November 28, 2021 | Lew Meyer

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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Stories
November 22, 2021 | Emily MacKay

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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Opinion
November 7, 2021 | Gareth Jones

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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Articles
November 6, 2021 | Rick Pierce

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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Stories
November 3, 2021 | Deborah Makarios

Justice like a river: immigration and prayer

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

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Opinion
November 2, 2021 | Ken Keyte

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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Opinion
November 1, 2021 | Gareth Jones

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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Articles
November 1, 2021 | Andrew Clark-Howard

Amidst the lockdown struggle: cracked open by joining together

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Opinion
November 1, 2021 | Gareth Jones

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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Opinion
October 25, 2021 | Laurie Guy

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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Articles
October 21, 2021 | Howard Webb

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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Opinion
October 20, 2021 | Alan Jamieson

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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Opinion
October 20, 2021 | Barry Denholm

Freedom and responsibility—thoughts from a retired pastor

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Opinion
October 10, 2021 | Mike Crudge

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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Education
September 23, 2021 | Charles Hewlett

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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Opinion
September 20, 2021 | John Tucker

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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Articles
September 13, 2021 | Naomi Cowan

Mental wellbeing for leaders in lockdown

In 2020, as New Zealand was in its first lockdown, it was important to remind ourselves that this was a marathon, not a sprint. We had…

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Opinion
September 13, 2021 | Paul Askin

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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Opinion
September 11, 2021 | Mike Crudge

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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Opinion
September 10, 2021 | Christine Saywell

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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Articles
September 9, 2021 | Richardson Lau

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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Opinion
September 8, 2021 | Donna Denmead

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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Opinion
September 7, 2021 | Dave Tims

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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Opinion
September 6, 2021 | Jamie Li

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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Opinion
September 5, 2021 | Cliff Thompson

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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Opinion
September 4, 2021 | Jonathan Edmeades

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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Opinion
September 3, 2021 | Helen Geddes

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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Articles
September 2, 2021 | Chris Chamberlain

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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Opinion
September 1, 2021 | Kate Dunstan-Brown

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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Opinion
August 31, 2021 | Grant Harris

The future of ministry and mission—Grant Harris

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…