Power, sex, abuse and the local church

On Sunday I stated that the church should not be a place where people are made vulnerable because of harassment and abuse from others (often though not exclusively men) who use power to manipulate and control for their own personal gratification. Continue reading

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What is the church?

In his book “Sojourners and Strangers” Gregg Allison argues that before we describe The Church “functionally” (what it is there to do), we need to describe it “ontologically” (what it is).

I wonder

1.       How we would describe what the church is?”

2.       How this might affect our approach to church life? Continue reading

What should we be doing? The mission of the church

This is first of all some follow on notes from discussions durning our Union Learning Community module on Church and Mission and secondly something for those of you who hqve read Chris Wright’s The Mission of God and Gilbert and DeYoung’s The Mission of the Church and stil thinking ” What should we be doing?” It also folows on from my talk at the Union Conference on ” Blessing the Church.” Continue reading

What Kind of Church? – A humble Church (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

How the mighty are fallen.  Those rich and powerful Premier League football teams have been outmanoeuvred and outplayed. Who’d have thought that a team costing just £50 million – the sort of money the big boys pay for one player these days could win the title.  Well done, Leicester City. It’s almost as good as a humble League 2 team that cost £7,500 getting to the League Cup final! Continue reading

Did Jesus design the Church?

I’m just fleshing out some thoughts made in two quick twitter responses to an observation made by another twitter user (I feel the question is worth more than 280 characters). The other person had been invited to a conference called “The church as Jesus designed it.” And their response …”I’m not the best Bible scholar but I’m pretty sure he never did that.”[1] Continue reading

Who is the true hope of the World? …And who isn’t?

Okay a little plea for care in how we talk as Christians and church leaders. There’s a little catch phrase that’s been doing the rounds for a few years that “The church is the only true hope of the world.” Continue reading