So the church sent out ambassadors to represent her, As handmaidens of the Bride she sent them Female and male she sent them
If you’re church is WASPish even though you live in a multicultural area then you have a culture gap. It’s as simple as that. You may not feel it personally but clearly others do. Don’t assume it’s just non-whites feeling that gap either. Whites more cosmopolitan than you are probably feeling it too. They’re just … Continue reading Culture gaps and God’s call for the church
When fellow Christians speak of the separation of church and state I find it’s necessary to tease out what they mean by that. Do they mean church should only be overseeing the personal dimensions of life while the state overseeing the political dimensions of life, as in a two kingdoms model? Or do they see … Continue reading The church as a rival kingdom
The scriptures refer to the church as the: Household of God; Body of Christ; and Temple of the Holy Spirit Taken together they suggest the identity of the church is intrinsically trinitarian.
The church is called to be both in the world and not of the world. That includes the world of politics. The problem is not that the church engages with the states. The problem is when the church forgets it is called to different ends via different means.
1 Corinthians 14 is often used as a prooftext against women in Christian leadership, but consider this: Paul does not accuse the women of TEACHING PRESUMPTIVELY, rather, he accuses the women of ENQUIRING DISRUPTIVELY. His desire seems to be for speakers to be able to speak without unnecessary interruption. This is the same concern he … Continue reading Why did Paul say women should be silent in gatherings?
I have been considering the ways in which Christianity can legitimately be said to have both a Lady and a Lord. The Second Epistle of John opens with an address to “To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth”. From the context it would seem that the … Continue reading The Lady chosen by our Lord
My experience is that it’s unrealistic to expect everyone in a church to be equally missional, just the same as it’s unrealistic to expect everyone in a church to be equally pastoral. What then should the focus of a local church be? Should it be sending or inviting? I think churches are called to do … Continue reading How missional can a church be?
"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.
I recently attended a Forge workshop where Allan Hirsch spoke on cultural distance as a barrier to the sharing the good news of Jesus with the world and the inconvenient truth that 80% of the energy of most churches went into reaching the 20% of their culture that was culturally closest. And then we wonder … Continue reading Does a geographic focus hinder churches in reaching demographic based cultures?
This image by Jacqui Stewart is entitled "Hope Beyond the Window". As an Australian Christian I find it very confronting. Here is an interpretation of the image that Jacqui passed on through her blog: ‘The above piece of work depicts the scene of half-caste Aboriginal children sitting in front of the church they were taken too after … Continue reading How the church messed up with Aboriginal Australians