Evangelical Engagement 8: Christendom vs. Christianity

My thinking re. the problems faced by evangelicals in Europe is shaped by the conflict I see between Christianity and Christendom. My thinking on this conflict is itself shaped by Soren Kierkegaard (hereafter SK) (Attack on Christendom) and Malcolm Muggeridge (The End of Christendom). In this post I will summarize SK's contribution. SK was a … Continue reading Evangelical Engagement 8: Christendom vs. Christianity

Evangelical Engagement pt 7: If I Planted a Church in Zagreb …

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 …

Summary: “The Great Value of Churches Under 100”

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”

Evangelical Engagement pt 5: The Problem of Dependence

So I'm going to write something blasphemous now.  To wit: long-term financial support from the USA for European pastors and churches can be bad for the churches. Let me explain.  I see three ways that this support becomes counterproductive. FIRST, the "cultural thing."  Long-term support comes with strings attached, expectations that are sometimes not sensitive … Continue reading Evangelical Engagement pt 5: The Problem of Dependence

“Don’t Pull Me Up” (A Meditation)

My friends, Dave & Betsy Scott, are Nazarene missionaries here in Zagreb.  God is doing AMAZING work through them among the Muslim refugees here. They're having a significant number of baptisms, developing leaders from among the refugees, etc. We (Biblijski institut) are proud to be able to partner with them. After a recent baptismal service, … Continue reading “Don’t Pull Me Up” (A Meditation)