Last Wednesday evening I went to an evening about cultural diversity, run by Dr Sheryl Silzer, a Chinese-American who is married to a German/Scottish/Irish man. We looked at the difficulties that can arise as a church develops in it's multi-culture diversity and the importance of understanding each other's cultural identity. Many cultures have a "group identity" (i.e. Maori, Pacific Island, … [Read more...] about Understanding Group and Individual Identities
My daughter came to Connect on Sunday just as we were tidying up from our shared lunch together. Living in Wellington she had not been to one of our services for a few years. Her comment to me was "Wow, Connect has really become culturally diverse. That's awesome!" Leadership's discerned vision for our church for 2016 / 2017 is this: "Connect Baptist Church will be a thriving multi-ethnic … [Read more...] about “Cultural diversity is awesome”
Today is our last week of "Prayer and Self-Denial," which is the annual Baptist appeal for the work of our New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society (NZBMS). Their mandate is to enable Baptist churches of NZ to fulfil the Great Commission anywhere in the world that God may direct. Each week we have shown you videos of the great ministry that is happening through Baptists in Asia. We are each … [Read more...] about Prayer and Self-Denial
As a Baptist Church, we belong to the Baptist Union of Churches in NZ. The New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society (NZBMS) is our missions organisation. Tranzsend is the sending arm of this organisation and is responsible for the care of overseas workers such as Pip. The mandate of NZBMS is to enable the Baptist Churches of NZ to fulfil the Great Commission anywhere in the world that God directs. … [Read more...] about Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho
I've been thinking a bit this week about the impact that the movie "The Shack" had on me. Most of us could identify with the father of the murdered girl in this movie, who blamed God for allowing such trauma to happen to his innocent and helpless child. The story revolves around how God, in his love, takes this man from anger, bitterness, withdrawal, and a desire for revenge, into a place of … [Read more...] about “The Shack”
At a Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Tuesday night, a terrorist suicide bomber, with links to Al- Qaeda, murdered 22 young people, including children, out enjoying a peaceful night's entertainment. 59 people were also hospitalised. As I pen this paper Britain is on critical alert, with further imminent attacks expected. The attacker, Salman Ramadan Abedi, was only 22 years old. … [Read more...] about Let’s meet hate with love and leave the judgement to Christ.