Premier Christianity and acting in the interests of balance

A few times over the years I’ve had contact with Premier Christianity about their editorial policy and particularly about their decision to publish writers who are denying or attacking what the Bible says. The question has particularly arisen in relation to Steve Chalke but also people like Rob Bell. Continue reading

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When People Leaving Is Good

I love growth. I’m excited and encouraged when new people join our church. I am even more excited when they stay. I find it hard to say goodbye or to let go. When you have a small congregation (and the structure of what we have done in Bearwood means that we have a cluster of small congregations) it is painful and maybe discouraging when people leave. It can even be frightening. We don’t have a guaranteed steady pipeline of new people coming to fill the gaps.

Yet, there are sometimes good reasons why people leave. I’ve hinted and mentioned these in previous posts. Recently, I did some analysis about why/how people come and join us but I also included some analysis on why people leave.

Here are three good reasons for people to leave: Continue reading

To the Glory of God (Jude:8-10).

This is a talk by Joe Sturman given at our Nueva Vida Congregation. We will also publish a version at https://nuevavidaconcristo.wordpress.com/ in Spanish shortly:

How do you know if you can trust a church or a church leader? What does the word glory mean? Glory is to describe someone or something as amazing, as worthy of praise and respect and honour. Continue reading

Guarding against cults and false teaching – know what baptism is

When churches go wrong and turn into cults, one of the ways they do this is to put mystical qualities into baptism and specifically into the baptism that they and they only offer. This means that it is only if you are baptised by them that you can receive the full benefits. Continue reading

Guarding against cults and false teachers – teach what it means to be saved

Our biggest concern when dealing with false teaching is that people will be robbed of the joy of salvation. Cults want to control and manipulate people and to do that they need to take away their assurance. This enables them to use guilt and shame to control people. Continue reading