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]

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 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]