US Theological Influences On 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 US Theological Influences On 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

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?

What is the purported appeal of the NZ New Conservatives political party?

The New Conservative Party is not really new. They are an existing party that was formerly led by Colin Craig (jokingly called CCCP by some) that receives a considerable amount of support from right wing Christian groups in NZ. The (New) Conservatives claim that they are not a Christian based party, but anyone who moves… Continue reading What is the purported appeal of the NZ New Conservatives political party?

Controversy Over Academic Titles of Ministry Heads

A couple of years ago we were informed that questions had been asked about a qualification of Ph.D. which was being claimed by a prominent leader of a major Pentecostal denomination based in Australia. A few weeks ago we also discovered the leader of an international resources ministry based in Wellington claims to hold a… Continue reading Controversy Over Academic Titles of Ministry Heads

Christians and Politics: Engaging A Wider Community [3]

So far we’ve taken an indepth look at the key theologies that influence the evangelical church to mostly support the right wing of politics. We’ve highlighted that there is a division between the white evangelical and black evangelical communities in the US. This division is probably seen between different segments of the Christian church worldwide… Continue reading Christians and Politics: Engaging A Wider Community [3]

Christians and Politics: Engaging A Wider Community [2]

Continuing our discussion from Part 1 about some of the key issues, that part addressed some of the matters arising from Dominionist theology. Another theology which has long been justified by evangelicals in support of conservative political outlooks is, of course, Dispensationalism. It is quite different from yet similar in certain respects to Dominionism; both… Continue reading Christians and Politics: Engaging A Wider Community [2]

Discipleship and Discipline

As Christians we are sometimes known as “disciples of Christ”. We of course get that word from its use in the Bible, where in the four Gospels it referred to Jesus’ core team of 12. Dictionary.com lists “disciple” with four definitions, the first three of which are related to Bible or church, and only the… Continue reading Discipleship and Discipline

Christian Politics Should Naturally Align To Centre

A couple of months back we commented on the simplistic short term theological focuses that dominated New Zealand churches. Since writing this we have had more opportunity to reflect upon where we believe Christians should be most focused in the political spectrum in New Zealand. It’s relevant to have a look at where parties focused… Continue reading Christian Politics Should Naturally Align To Centre