Original Sin or Original Goodness?

I’ve heard a few people from time to time complain that Evangelicals talk too much about original sin and not enough about original goodness. The complaint is that this leads to a negative attitude to humanity. We fail to see our potential for good. Continue reading

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Creation Evangelism and Apologetics

I want to say a few words now about how our Doctrine of Creation and the Fall affects our approach to Apologetics.

Creation reveals God and leaves us without excuse

This theme is picked up particularly by the Apostle Paul in Acts 14, Acts 17 and Romans 1. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas pray for a man to be healed and in response to this miracle, the locals are about to worship them as gods. Continue reading

Faithroots Live 10th March “How do you know?”

Our first Faithroots Live  workshop in a day is on 10th March.  We will be asking the important question “How do you know?”

The day is all about how we can know the truth about God, the world around us and ourselves. We will be finding out how God speaks to us and we will be looking at some challenges to our trust in the Bible.   Continue reading

The important link between pastoral care and church discipline

We’ve been working through a teaching series called “Believing and Belonging” at Bearwood Chapel.  It’s based on some studies we put together for potential new church members. We’ve looked at questions including “What is a healthy church?” and “Who should be a member of a church?” We’ve also talked about leadership, baptism, communion, gifts and giving. The last talk is all about “Church Discipline.” In fact, going back to the original studies it is about pastoral care and church discipline.

This is important because, church discipline gets a bad press at times. We don’t like the word “discipline” it sounds harsh and authoritarian, Yet, discipline is a very Biblical concept. Continue reading

Down’s Syndrome, disability, abortion, euthanasia and the church

Last week, the Church of England Synod debated a motion concerning the rights and welfare of people with Downs’ Syndrome.  We spent a bit of time talking about this as church elders this week.  We used as oSally Phillips on DSur starting point, Ian Paul’s article here. Now, our elders’ discussion is not going to get the same level of attention, nor are we part of the church of England so what the C of E discuss and decide is in one sense “not our business.”   Indeed, whilst Ian was critical of Synod, this was not our primary focus. However, we felt it right to talk about this because: Continue reading

Three reasons for giving

This is the penultimate talk in our believing and belonging series. We have talked about what healthy churches look like, who should belong to a church, the importance of baptism and communion and how we are to use our gifts together in the service of the Gospel. Next week we will be looking at pastoral care and church discipline. Today we are going to talk about giving. Continue reading

Rethinking church and mission – What is the local church’s role?

Stephen Kneale kicked off some thinking about the local church and mission with few blog posts recently.[1]

Eddie Arthur has followed up with a post looking at what Mission Agencies can and in his experience do contribute.[2]

The fascinating thing is that in the follow on conversation there hasn’t really been much disagreement from the following propositions. Continue reading