Relentless Spiritual Warfare (2) I am tempted to believe that my agenda is what matters (2 Samuel 20 v4-10)

King David is under attack from Sheba, a worthless man. He has sent the new commander of the arm, Amasa to muster the soldiers of Judah but Amasa is delayed in returning. We are not sure why Amasa takes so long. It is possible that despite his loyalty and willingness, he isn’t an affective commander. It’s also possible that as a younger, inexperience leader he doesn’t carry the same clout as Joab and Abishai yet. Continue reading

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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

How we relate to leaders

We’ve taken time in recent posts to show that leadership is not about hierarchy, inner circles, power or control. Leaders are not to Lord it over the church, nor to rely on their position or charisma to push things through. Church leadership should not be authoritarian.  Leaders and teachers are gifts to the church and so we should focus on being gifts rather than on status and titles (cf Ephesians 4:11). Continue reading

Male and Female He created them

“Why are all the elders in your church male?” This is a question that you will get if you are complementarian.  I have written on what I believe the Bible teaches on male and female relationships in the home and in the church in two e-books available from our publications page: Continue reading

Do I have to choose? Both and v either or

You have got two – or even three – different urgent priorities. All are important, all are worth doing. Which do you choose?

Common wisdom says you have to prioritise. However,  there is a good argument for doing all of them. Why do I say that?  Continue reading

Paul’s “Women Problem” and #churchtoo (Part 2)

The question we started to answer was this: “What do we do with 1 Timothy 2:15? How does it fit with Paul’s theology?”

1 Timothy 2:15 says:

15 But women will be saved through childbearing,  assuming they continue to live in faith, love, holiness, and modesty

To answer the question, we really need to answer 3 questions.

  1. What is Paul’s overall Theology?
  2. What exactly is Paul saying in 1 Timothy 2? How does verse 15 fit into the context?
  3. What exactly does 1 Timothy 2:15 mean?

In this article we are going to look at Paul’s theology. Continue reading

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