Christian Converser: America Stumbles Towards Theocracy

First published on Christian Converser The big news in the USA in the last few weeks has been the possibility of the conservative-dominated Supreme Court repealing current federal abortion law (Roe v Wade). This is far from an open-and-shut case for theologians, despite the widespread support for this direction from conservative evangelicals in the US… Continue reading Christian Converser: America Stumbles Towards Theocracy

Christian Converser: Ecclesiastical Polity: Diversity In Structure & Governance [2] – Episcopal / Presidential / Apostolic Leadership Structure

First published on Christian Converser Carrying on from the first part of this series with a change of title, polity varies a lot between different churches. The early church in the New Testament appears to have had a congregational type of polity. There is not enough detail there to confirm this and there are naturally… Continue reading Christian Converser: Ecclesiastical Polity: Diversity In Structure & Governance [2] – Episcopal / Presidential / Apostolic Leadership Structure

Christian Converser: Recap: Governance and Accountability [3]

First published on Christian Converser So if we take a closer look at megachurch theology it turns out there is, indeed, a specific branch of it as such. That is, there are theologies that are specifically related to megachurches. Much of this comes from a recently deceased gentleman by the name of C Peter Wagner,… Continue reading Christian Converser: Recap: Governance and Accountability [3]

Christian Converser: Recap: Governance and Accountability [2]

First published on Christian Converser Just a short update on this, the issues of church governance and accountability are super relevant at present in the wake of current scandals involving a prominent South Pacific megachurch. Most churches of this type have relatively limited accountability because of their leadership structures, which often place one person at… Continue reading Christian Converser: Recap: Governance and Accountability [2]

Christian Converser: Recap: Governance and Accountability

First published on Christian Converser So in the last month there has been a lot of debate in the church worldwide about governance and accountability. This is an ongoing issue that has never not been controversial because these issues really cut to the heart of how churches are run and who they are run for.… Continue reading Christian Converser: Recap: Governance and Accountability

Christian Converser: NZ Churches Seek Judicial Review of Government Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) [2]

First published on Christian Converser In the first part of this series we briefly examined the circumstances of the establishment of lodging court cases against the Government’s vaccine mandate policies by two separate groups of Christians. These groups are FreeToBeChurch, and the much more widely known Family First. The purpose of this part is to… Continue reading Christian Converser: NZ Churches Seek Judicial Review of Government Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) [2]

Christian Converser: NZ Churches Seek Judicial Review of Government Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights)

First published on Christian Converser The New Zealand Government in October 2021 announced the Covid-19 Protection Framework, otherwise known as “traffic lights”, for managing the impacts of Covid-19 in the community. The system was brought into effect on 2 December 2021 with most of NZ at the Orange level at that time. Nationwide pro-family lobby… Continue reading Christian Converser: NZ Churches Seek Judicial Review of Government Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights)

Christian Converser: Christians Vs Conspiracy Theories [1]: Intro

First published on Christian Converser Everyone knows that there are lots of conspiracy theories circulating in the world. While those specifically relating to Covid-19 are prominent at present, conspiracy theory is an ongoing issue for Christians rather than just a current set of events. This post attempts to explain this blog’s views on why Christians… Continue reading Christian Converser: Christians Vs Conspiracy Theories [1]: Intro

Christian Converser: US Theological Influences On NZ Churches [2]

First published on Christian Converser This part has somewhat less to do with NZ than looking at ongoing theological trends in the US and the issues arising. An article in “The Atlantic” in October 2021 highlights huge division in evangelical churches, which is a high price to pay for years of craven obeisance to conservative… Continue reading Christian Converser: US Theological Influences On NZ Churches [2]

Christian Converser: US Theological Influences On NZ Churches [1]

First published on Christian Converser It’s very plain and has been for many years that churches in New Zealand are theologically influenced by viewpoints that originate from the USA. Whilst these ideas may be mainstream with the overall culture of society in America, they begin to look rather odd when imported into another country where… Continue reading Christian Converser: US Theological Influences On NZ Churches [1]