Category Archives: Institution

How Can it Happen?

by Scot McKnight http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/2014/09/25/how-can-it-happen/ One of the most pressing question for humans in the depth of their existence is this one: How can humans go silent or compliant or, unfathomably, become even more committed to the leader and the cause … Continue reading

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Bean counting as the aim…..

We see consumerism everywhere, yes, especially in church! We see business models promoted as magical tablets to cure ailing Sunday attendance, and we also know that many think of local church instead of kingdom thinking…. I am currently reading Michael … Continue reading

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The Jewish ‘No’…… continued.

I am going to continue with this idea of how we should understand the Jewish ‘No’ and the ‘Yes’ of the fledgling Christian faith. This effects our approach to how God works with creation and particular when he has a … Continue reading

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The Jewish ‘No’ and the Christian ‘Yes’ – Jesus the Messiah.

Moltmann writes at some length in relation to the argument of how messiahship should be understood or not by Christianity and Judaism. Throughout his line of thought, he emphasises that God has not abandoned his people, the people that he … Continue reading

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Empire, Christianity and the confusion of attractive power.

I am coming to the end of Moltmann’s ‘The Crucified God’, and I found this interesting section where Moltmann addresses issues of power, empire and the dangers of idolatry that can/do come with it. He looks at where Christian theology … Continue reading

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Discipleship before Leadership.

  I think you can tell by the subject matter of many of my posts that I am a firm believer in the idea of discipleship. My own denomination has for a long time been keen to quote ‘Make Christ-like … Continue reading

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Ministers need to stop and re-orientate.

This year has shown me just how much I need time to stop. To just be able to say ‘No’ to demands of time and energy. Being on holiday can often be a time of being equally busy, but being … Continue reading

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