Caleb Haurua

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Caleb Haurua completed his Masters in Applied Theology at Carey Baptist College in 2017. He is the Youth Pastoral Leader at Royal Oak Baptist Church in central Auckland. He loves to ponder, muse, and share thoughts. Hence why he likes the opportunity to write articles like this one. He is especially passionate about the intersection between Church and Society—seeing Christians grow and flourish as participants in God’s ongoing mission to the World. 

  • Following Jesus is harder than ever

    If you are reading this article, it is most likely you are doing so using the Internet and, on your smartphone or laptop. If true, then you are most likely living in a part of the world that is referred to as “the West”, or “the Majority World”. It is to you that I write this article, because it is my belief that for us, following Jesus is harder than ever.

  • The Church is dying (and why I am happy about it)

    In the West, Christianity by all metrics is declining. This is not new information. This has been the case for a long time and only somehow it seems that most are waking up to this fact. 

  • Getting along with the saints below: how to disagree as Christians

    This world does not know how to disagree well. I observe it on social media, print media, television, and between family members and friends.

  • What will the church look like…if we listened to Gen Z?

    Jesus loved teenagers. How do I know this? Well, his first disciples were teenagers. You’d think that Jesus was intentional about the kind of friendships he made

  • “Do not worry”: how to apply Jesus’ words in a pandemic

    This past week I had the privilege of preaching to my new church. There is nothing quite like preaching “cold”, that is, preaching to a new place without knowing the people.

  • What the Black Panther has taught me… about Church Leadership

    On the 28th of August 2020, the world was rocked by the news that Chadwick Boseman who played the role of the Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had died of a silent struggle with bowel cancer.

  • The problem with baptism

    I remember the planning that went into it. I was a 15year old on-fire-for-Jesus Christian who had a holy encounter with God at a church camp. Typical stuff. I was convinced that God was wanting me to get baptised. This was the “next logical step” in my “Christian walk” and nothing was going to stop me.*

  • Haircuts and holy moments: my barber the pastor

    How do you pastor a pastor? I have tried many ways to answer this question in my short time in ministry. Supervision and counselling, networking with fellow pastors and leaders, as well as sabbath-taking.

  • Elections for the elect: how should we vote?

    I once heard a pastor say from the pulpit, “there are two things we shouldn’t talk about as Christians: politics and religion”.

  • The housing crises: Where is the church?

    I am fascinated by the housing crises that we are living in today here in New Zealand. For those of you who don’t know, our large cities—including the largest one which I happen to call home—is overpopulated and underhoused.