In what I say below, I am NOT saying that house churches are superior to other approaches. I AM saying that I think house churches fit some contexts--including Zagreb, and the parts of Europe that I am familiar with--better than traditional approaches to making new churches. I also am NOT criticizing existing churches. The evangelical … Continue reading Evangelical Engagement pt 7: If I Planted a Church in Zagreb …
Roger Olson has been writing recently about claims from different groups and people to be "Christian,", in an attempt to clarify a basic set of beliefs/convictions that one can use to measure the claim. He recently posted an overview of the criteria he proposes. How do we determine if someone (group or individual) is Christian? … Continue reading Olson on what “Christian” Means
Dan Reiland, on his excellent blog, writes about “The Great Value of Churches Under 100” in AWA. “God intended ALL churches to grow,” he says, but God is the one who gives numerical growth. Generally, we can influence numerical growth, but we don’t determine it. “It is God’s power, not human ability, that determines the … Continue reading Summary: “The Great Value of Churches Under 100”
(Not a great title; sorry.) Greatness from Pete Enns Regarding a conversation with an angry former student, Enns writes: “My own teaching style and theology were not oriented toward training polemicists. I was more interested in exploring the Bible with my students and encouraging them to let the Lord surprise them through a careful and … Continue reading Polemicists or Pastors?
Some thoughts on how we should engage with adherents of the state religions in Europe. Again, I am thinking primarily of Catholics, but engagement with Orthodoxy and other state religions will be similar, I think. Engage with the gospel. Evangelicals need to look to engage SCA's (state church adherents) on every possible front, with love, … Continue reading Evangelical Engagement, pt 4: Responding to the State Religion
This is my summary of an EXCELLENT post by Patrick Nachtigall at three-worlds.com. I'm still thinking through the damage that christendom (the state church) does to the pursuit of biblical Christianity. Nachtigall has some important insights. In what follows, I have kept the labels that Nachtigall gives to the thirteen factors, but otherwise paraphrased his … Continue reading Evangelical Engagement pt 3: “Why Evangelical Churches Struggle in Europe”
Yesterday I examined two models for evangelical engagement with non-practicing adherents of the state churches in Europe. I suggested that evangelicals should engage in a way modeled after the way the church in the Book of Acts interacted with the Jewish communities that surrounded it. The earliest Christ-followers were Jews themselves, in a country where … Continue reading Evangelical Engagement pt 2: The Acts Model