Christian Converser: Anti-vaxxers Polarise NZ Christian Community

First published on Christian Converser We all have heard the arguments against the Coronavirus response worldwide, including vaccines. Much of the opposition to this is coming from within churches, from particular groups of Christians, almost all of whom follow obscure and rather extreme theological viewpoints, generally ones which, like many of the anti-arguments, have been… Continue reading Christian Converser: Anti-vaxxers Polarise NZ Christian Community

Christian Converser: Church Structure & Governance [1]: Intro

First published on Christian Converser Right now a lot is coming out of this blog. It’s a time when a lot of productive output is coming back into our ministry and the fruit is being seen in various different ways. Today we want to write the introduction to a new series about church governance and… Continue reading Christian Converser: Church Structure & Governance [1]: Intro

Christian Converser: Conservativism vs Humanitarianism In Church Theology [3] : Compromise vs Courage

First published on Christian Converser Between 2016 and 2020, the US presidency of Donald Trump divided the Church like no president ever before. Trump proved to be more willing to step over an unconscionable line than any of his wiser Republican predecessors, all of whom (as well as all Democrats) professed at least a nominal… Continue reading Christian Converser: Conservativism vs Humanitarianism In Church Theology [3] : Compromise vs Courage

Christian Converser: Conservativism vs Humanitarianism In Church Theology [2] : Narrow & Broad Churches

First published on Christian Converser The narrow church / broad church paradigm fits pretty well with the conservative/humanitarian theological split. Conservatives tend to prefer working within their own limited sphere of similar theologies within the Church as a whole, whilst humanitarians are generally more disposed to outreach and working with people from across a range… Continue reading Christian Converser: Conservativism vs Humanitarianism In Church Theology [2] : Narrow & Broad Churches

Christian Converser: Conservativism vs Humanitarianism In Church Theology [1]

First published on Christian Converser For decades, perhaps centuries, it was taken for granted that the wealthy and powerful of society were aligned with conservative political interests. This expectation has been largely captured in old-school political parties like the Tories in the UK, Republicans in the US, and in New Zealand, the National Party and… Continue reading Christian Converser: Conservativism vs Humanitarianism In Church Theology [1]

Christian Sexuality Focus: Victoria Decriminalises Prostitution

First published on Christian Sexuality Focus The state government of Victoria, Australia, has decriminalised the prostitution industry. Decriminalisation of prostitution is generally a legislative position adopted by people who believe in sexual liberalisation and has very little to do with protecting people who work in the sex trade. It may mean sex industry workers are… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: Victoria Decriminalises Prostitution

Christian Converser: Conspiracy Theories and Christian Nationalism Contrarian To Church Growth [5]

First published on Christian Converser This is the longest series of posts ever written on this blog, but that’s not been intentional. It just seems this theme keeps on going with new events and insight, and so a new part is added. The annual Southern Baptist Convention is being held this weekend in Nashville, TN,… Continue reading Christian Converser: Conspiracy Theories and Christian Nationalism Contrarian To Church Growth [5]

Christian Converser: Conspiracy Theories and Christian Nationalism Contrarian To Church Growth [4]

First published on Christian Converser The most important aspect of this discussion is to realise that US dispensationalist theology that points to present and future theocracy, as seen now in the country’s strong support for the present day State of Israel and its expectations of millenial rule as claimed by dispensationalists from the Book of… Continue reading Christian Converser: Conspiracy Theories and Christian Nationalism Contrarian To Church Growth [4]

Christian Converser: Russell Moore Resignation Draws Attention to Southern Baptist Coverup of Racism and Abuse

First published on Christian Converser It seems since this blog has formed a lot has been written about events in the United States. The intention of this blog is to focus on topical issues across the entire Christian church. America ends up getting more focus than anywhere else because there is more theological controversy there… Continue reading Christian Converser: Russell Moore Resignation Draws Attention to Southern Baptist Coverup of Racism and Abuse

Christian Converser: Conspiracy Theories and Christian Nationalism Contrarian To Church Growth [3]

First published on Christian Converser Continuing on this theme, the key political alignment for Christians in the US is with the Republican Party, and this is despite the failure of Christians to see much commitment from Republican presidents. Voters in the last term got possibly more from Trump than from a good many of his… Continue reading Christian Converser: Conspiracy Theories and Christian Nationalism Contrarian To Church Growth [3]