Abreviations Used On This Website

SAS - Stand Against Slavery
NZBMS - The New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society

Some Reflections: Part Two

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:36+12:00 February 28th, 2014|Categories: NZBMS Articles|

Last month, in answering the question, "What have I observed, as I have led NZBMS, that I wish to communicate to New Zealand Baptists?" I described a couple of my observations from the last eight years. First I wrote about the need for mission to adapt to a fiercely changing global stage, then about the need [...]

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Some Final Reflections: Part 1

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:36+12:00 January 31st, 2014|Categories: NZBMS Articles|

As I conclude the operational activities of my role as General Director of NZBMS, it seems right that I offer some reflections on my experience in leading a denominational mission organisation which has as part of its objective, "to enable Churches of the Baptist Union of Churches in New Zealand to fulfill the 'Great Commission' of [...]

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When God calls

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:36+12:00 November 30th, 2013|Categories: NZBMS Articles|

Have you ever experienced the clarion call of God? A call to something so specific that you can think of nothing else? I remember experiencing it midway through 2005 when God clearly led me toward the role of General Director, NZBMS. I remember thinking at the time, I had the best job in the world. I [...]

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We’re looking more like family every day…

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:36+12:00 October 31st, 2013|Categories: NZBMS Articles|

A few weeks ago I walked into a café, something I've been known to do from time to time. It was in Central Hawkes Bay and I was meeting with an old friend from my days at Manukau Central Baptist Church (now, Connect Baptist). A woman in her late forties, maybe early fifties, on the other [...]

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Coffee anyone?

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:36+12:00 October 1st, 2013|Categories: NZBMS Articles|

It was a pleasant evening sitting at a table with some friends in an all-you-can-eat restaurant in Honolulu. With me was John Kaewa the General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Papua New Guinea (BUPNG). We were talking about my favourite drink, coffee. Before I continue, and just to set some minds to rest, this was [...]

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And then there was one…

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:36+12:00 September 1st, 2013|Categories: Mission, NZBMS Articles|Tags: |

Revisiting Having lived in this part of the world as a child, I enjoy driving through the countryside of rural North Eastern Thailand. This year I had the enjoyment of visiting with two very different teams from our Baptist family. The first was in April; a team from the Dream Centre, South Auckland. Pastor Chris Sola [...]

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Because my playlist compels me!

By | 2014-09-12T08:41:22+12:00 August 1st, 2013|Categories: Human Trafficking, NZBMS Articles, Slavery|Tags: |

Contrary to popular belief, the word sabbatical is not spelt H.O.L.I.D.A.Y. At least mine wasn't. For me it has been a journey of 'there and back again,' not unlike Bilbo Baggins. Do you know the story? Gandalf was looking for someone to go on an adventure and Bilbo couldn't resist. It wasn't without some trepidation. Bilbo [...]

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This ANZAC day I reflect and ask…

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:36+12:00 April 24th, 2013|Categories: NZBMS Articles|

In New Zealand we live and enjoy freedoms many other countries in the world do not because we believe in Justice and Liberty and Freedom for all. Of course nowhere does that mean we get what we want because we make a law or make a loud noise. Our fallen fought for the right to discuss [...]

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The Fight for Freedom

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:36+12:00 April 14th, 2013|Categories: NZBMS Articles|

  The average temperature in Washington at this time of the year is below 10 degrees Celsius and that's being generous. It was nearer 5 degrees the day I drove into the city centre to meditate around three memo-rials; the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. All are [...]

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Lord, did we honour You this year?

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:37+12:00 December 3rd, 2012|Categories: NZBMS Articles|Tags: |

Between 10am Thursday 15 November and 10pm Saturday 18 November four special annual events took place: BMF Conference, Pastors and Spouses Conference, Baptist Assembly and Baptist Conference. Descending on Waikato University and Hillcrest Baptist Church, pastors, leaders, delegates and contributors from across the country came to spend some quality time together. With over 470 registered delegates [...]

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Stop Human Trafficking

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:37+12:00 October 27th, 2012|Categories: Abolition, Human Trafficking, NZBMS Articles, Slavery|

I reached across a crowded room during a Pastors' Conference in Hanmer Springs. Murray Robertson, former Pastor of Spreydon Baptist Church and head of the Leadership Network, stretched out his hand. "You need to read this," he said, passing a book to me. I was instantly grabbed by the title, "God in a Brothel." In this [...]

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Turn the light on

By | 2017-04-11T14:50:37+12:00 October 2nd, 2012|Categories: NZBMS Articles|

Last month I attempted an answer to the question, “How do we measure the results of the work done by the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society?” This got me thinking about what other questions our readers might have. I’d invite you to send through any questions you might have about NZBMS. If it’s appropriate to reply [...]

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