Communion at home and in private

Steve Kneale has written again about taking communion at home. This is one of the few issues where Steve and I disagree.  In terms of our views on essential doctrines and mission priorities we have a lot in common. This is a reminder that it is okay for friends to disagree on big issues inContinue reading “Communion at home and in private”

When is a church not a church?

As we return from lockdown, there are still some significant restrictions expected about how we will be able to go about meeting together. The one that has provoked the most reaction has been the likely ban on singing and yet, maybe more importantly (and still with minimal discussion) we can expect restrictions on baptism andContinue reading “When is a church not a church?”

Church Unity in a time of Coronavirus

Crisis brings out the best in us and the worst in us. I remember some wise advice many years ago from a pastor. Similarly, a tragedy like Coronavirus will not magically (or mystically even) bring together disunited Christian tribes. This applies not just to different individuals and tribes but to specific issues. If we hadContinue reading “Church Unity in a time of Coronavirus”

Playing the Gnosticism Card

There’s been a fierce debate going on about whether or not our current church gatherings using social media platforms actually are gatherings. For those who think we are not gathering, one of the primary concerns is that our gatherings should be “physical” or “embodied” because if not this may encourage a form of gnostic thinkingContinue reading “Playing the Gnosticism Card”

Sharing Communion During Coronavirus

Yesterday, we chose to share communion together as a church family.  This wasn’t something we did lightly because we know that the question of whether or not we can continue with communion is something that churches and pastors have been wrestling with.  Whilst I have struggled at times with the at times dismissive language usedContinue reading “Sharing Communion During Coronavirus”

Are we being punished?

Is Coronavirus a punishment sent from God to bring justice to the wealthy, secular west for its rejection of him and its failure to love the poor? Is it discipline for the church, a response to the way in which we have become individualistic? If meeting together doesn’t bother us that much then should weContinue reading “Are we being punished?”

The bread that divides?

A crisis situation like the one we are in at the moment can throw up the occasional bouncer, a theological issue that affects how we do church that we weren’t ready for. These issues can be controversial.  So we want to approach them carefully and with charity. We also need to be ready for theContinue reading “The bread that divides?”

Isolation and Communion (conclusion)

Applying to today – can we share communion during the pandemic? So, this is the bit that you’ve been waiting for. What do I think about sharing communion during the Coronavirus Pandemic?  Is it okay to do it? Whilst the conclusion is specific to this situation, there may be further implications particularly as we careContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (conclusion)”

Isolation and Communion (Part 4)

The Truth and Lies issues (Systematic Theology) We have seen that making wise, godly decisions depends on knowing the truth about God, Creation, Humanity and New Creation. This means rejecting lies about all four areas of doctrine. In this post we will look at some of the doctrinal (Systematic Theology) issues at stake in ourContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 4)”