Political Faultlines Continue To Divide US Churches

Apologies for the slowdown in delivery of posts from this blog in 2022. The authorship has experienced many distractions, much of which have been personal family circumstances. These have been overcome enough by now to resume blogging. A faultline that has emerged this year in the US over evangelical engagement with political culture in the… Continue reading Political Faultlines Continue To Divide US Churches

Is the State clamping down on Christians in NZ?

At the end of June, a well known Christian activist group in New Zealand failed in a legal challenge to the removal of their charitable status (registered with various government agencies). The revocation of this status is said to be due to their involvement in political advocacy, which is generally held to be non-charitable in… Continue reading Is the State clamping down on Christians in NZ?

Recap: Governance and Accountability [2]

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 the top as an apostolic… Continue reading Recap: Governance and Accountability [2]

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]

NZ Churches Seek Judicial Review of Government Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) [1]

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 group Family First organised a… Continue reading NZ Churches Seek Judicial Review of Government Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) [1]

Theological Controversies Influencing US and NZ Churches [2]

An article in “The Atlantic” in October 2021 highlights huge division in US evangelical churches, which is a high price to pay for years of craven obeisance to conservative politics. The author lays the blame squarely at the feet of Donald Trump in the present term whilst also acknowledging that the issue has been steadily… Continue reading Theological Controversies Influencing US and NZ Churches [2]

Theological Controversies Influencing US and NZ Churches [1]

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 cultural values are very different.… Continue reading Theological Controversies Influencing US and NZ Churches [1]

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

Ecclesiastical Polity: Diversity In Structure & Governance [1] – Intro

Today we want to write the introduction to a new series about church governance and structure. This is a controversial area of discussion within the wider Church as it essentially governs the relationships between leadership and laity, which has important parallels in wider society in what is generally known as the political realm. Church governance… Continue reading Ecclesiastical Polity: Diversity In Structure & Governance [1] – Intro

Can The Church Or The Government Build A Better Society?

This could be a political question, a theological question, or both. Because it is not just a straightforward political issue, but has ramifications for theology, it qualifies to appear on this blog. The issue at stake is for differing views for Christians about how much of the personal impacts of their faith can be expressed… Continue reading Can The Church Or The Government Build A Better Society?