US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [3]

As outlined previously, the shift towards Dominionism / theocracy gained considerable momentum during the term of the Trump presidency and the lingering effects continue to the present day, not least because Trump is likely to seek a second term of office and has never ceased campaigning. Previous Republican presidents, however, saw the potential for the… Continue reading US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [3]

US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [2]

Along with the previous post in this series expounding the many problems that the current direction of the SCOTUS is creating, it’s time to take a fresh look at the impetus for theocracy and the divisions between different groups of orthodox / conservative Christians along theological and political lines. This is mostly over dominionism/theocracy and… Continue reading US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [2]

US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [1]

Recent decisions by the US Supreme Court intentionally push North America further in the direction of a theocracy. As explained in previous posts in this blog, the current ideal of theocratic government is strongly intertwined with the significant following that dispensationalist theology has gained in the US since the mid-19th century. The USA is an… Continue reading US Theocracy Movement Gets A Boost [1]

Against Gun Idolatry – David French

David French has written another informed commentary about the gun violence situation in the US, and here we see again the contrast between New Zealand and the American nation, and our different heritages. French sees the key problem as it happens in America today as being one of gun idolatry, and perhaps that is a… Continue reading Against Gun Idolatry – David French

Megachurch Series [1]

So CCNZ will have a series of posts looking specifically at megachurches, in light of the ongoing controversies. This has included, in NZ where this blog is authored, the leaders of a Wellington based megachurch having stood aside for a period of review in the wake of negative publicity, and subsequently resigning from the church… Continue reading Megachurch Series [1]

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

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 differing interpretations due to the… Continue reading Ecclesiastical Polity: Diversity In Structure & Governance [2] – Episcopal / Presidential / Apostolic Leadership Structure

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

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 dig into some of the… Continue reading NZ Churches Seek Judicial Review of Government Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) [2]

Anti-vaxxers Polarise NZ Christian Community

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 bulk-imported from the USA. Unfortunately… Continue reading Anti-vaxxers Polarise NZ Christian Community

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

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 level of adherence to the… Continue reading Conservativism vs Humanitarianism In Church Theology [3] : Compromise vs Courage

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

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 of different denominational and theological… Continue reading Conservativism vs Humanitarianism In Church Theology [2] : Narrow & Broad Churches