Category Archives: Bible

How to create a Lent plan for your household

Lent with Kids: How to Create a Household Lent Plan

In 2017, Lent begins Wednesday, 1 March We’re spoilt by the church calendar at this time of year! We’ve just had four weeks of candle-lighting at Advent, culminating, in our household, with this delightful moment on Christmas Day:     Now we’re coming to the end of the two-week Christmas season, and then it’s only […]

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Advent with Kids: Get Yourselves a Christmas@Home Family Activity Booklet

This is excellent, peeps! The wise and hard-working women at New Zealand Baptist Children and Family Ministries have produced a fantastic Advent resource for families to use through December at home. It’s called Christmas @ Home and I warmly recommend it.   It isn’t a do-one-every-day kind of Advent journey. Rather, it’s a vibrant collection of ideas to […]

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What we’re doing this Advent: 6 households share their plans and traditions

Wow. I asked around to see what people are planning for Advent this year, and look what I got! Lego! Candles! Chocolate coins in shoes! I have spent the evening wrangling a non-sleeping baby (very smiley and cheeky, playing with toys on the bed beside me and blowing raspberries non-stop for half an hour) and […]

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‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ #5: How Can We Help? [Guest]

This is the final post from guest writer Chris Chamberlain. See the whole series list here. We must be careful how we read Scripture What I would call a ‘Zionist’ reading of Scripture seems to take a verse with no regard for its context, and apply it to the modern State of Israel. This is […]

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‘We Refuse to be Enemies’ #3: Peacemakers in Palestine

A very warm welcome to guest poster Chris Chamberlain. Chris grew up in Timaru and West Auckland.  He has been in Baptist church pastoral leadership roles for over 20 years in exciting places like the South Island’s West Coast and central Christchurch.  Experiencing the destructive forces of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquakes has introduced him to […]

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Advent in Art with He Qi: Escape to Egypt

A warm welcome to this year’s Advent in Art series, where we join thousands of others in contemplating artistic works. This week we are in the season of Christmas, and conclude the series. For an introduction to this series, and He Qi, the artist featured in 2014, please see the first post, on the Annunciation. […]

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A Blue Christmas Service: If You’re Hurting at Christmas

What is a Blue Christmas Service? Guest writer Melanie recently reflected on the process of putting together a Blue Christmas service at Frenchs Forest Baptist Church, where she is a pastor: The concept of a Blue Christmas Service was new for me this year. The idea behind the services is to provide a quiet, contemplative service […]

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Advent in Art with He Qi: The Magi

A warm welcome to this year’s Advent in Art series, where we join thousands of others in contemplating artistic works while we wait, wait, wait for Christmas. For an introduction to this series, and He Qi, the artist featured in 2014, please see the first post, on the Annunciation. Week 4: The Magi Everyone is focused […]

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The 4 Cutest Nativity Videos in the World (Honest)

I know the title is a big call, but I’ll eat a suitcase of carrots if you can beat these As I said in a post last Christmas, partly about the differences between Southern and Northern Hemisphere Christmas celebrations: St Paul’s Anglican Church in central Auckland is blessed to have some very artistically and technically […]

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