The loyalty of the Christian to their country should never be absolute or unconditional, because their first loyalty is to the kingdom of God, and the LORD and other sovereigns don’t always see eye to eye.
It strikes me that until Christian parliamentarians start getting questioned on whether they’re effectively holding dual citizenship on the basis of their second birth they’re probably not doing it right.
Were the early followers of Jesus Jews, not Christians? I have seen this question posed in a number of ways and I would like to suggest the question assumes a dichotomy which is largely false, or at least not so black and white as the question implies. For the truth is the bulk of theContinue reading “Were the earliest followers of Jesus Jewish or Christian?”
I have been reflecting on the desert fathers and mothers and their spiritual offspring the last few weeks and one monastic style in particular has piqued my interest: that of the Sketes. They seem to embody a half way house between the hermits and the more communal monks, living apart like the hermits for theContinue reading “Not quite hermits”
Some days I wonder if our society is too individualistic. Other days I wonder if it’s not individualistic enough. That’s on the days when the herd mentality seems a little too pervasive. People not thinking for themselves but just accepting what authority figures say, even when said authority figures are completely unqualified in the subjectContinue reading “Bucking the herd mentality”
“Theology is not a private subject for theologians only. Nor is it a private subject for professors. Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors. Nor is theology a private subject of study for pastors. Fortunately, there have repeatedly been congregation members, and often whole congregations, who haveContinue reading “Theology is best fleshed out in community”
“One Tribe, One Mob” by Australian aboriginal artist Max Conlon Did you know the word “Church” is derived from the Greek word kyriakon, not ekklesia as is commonly supposed, and that they have very different meanings? Kyriakon doma means “House of the Lord” and refers to a place of worship. Ekklesia means “the called out”Continue reading “Why you won’t find a church in the New Testament”
Many churches give lip service to church being the people, not the building, but Forest Church makes that conclusion inescapable by doing away with the building altogether.
In his first letter to the Thesselonians, Paul uses breast feeding mothers as a model for leadership (1 Thes 2:7). Imagine if more leaders took this seriously!