Brian McLaren is an influential opinion leader for many emergent and other postmodern Christians all over the world. He has recently released his latest book ‘A new kind of Christianity’ and, as a result, is attracting new salvo’s of criticism from across the evangelical church spectrum. My purpose in writing this article is not
…long time passing? I was useless at mathematics when I was at school, but by the time I attended Business School I had warmed to statistics, graphs, and equations. We all know the statement that “there are lies, then wopping lies, then statistics”. There is some truth to that, yet statistics do alert us
Recently I attended a wedding where the minister was a pleasant young man from a traditional denomination. He conducted the service well enough but he made no reference whatsoever to the Bible, and the name of Jesus came up just once in a casual aside. A Christian marriage is based on the covenant between
I hate being called ‘religious’. I regard myself as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, not as a religious person. I guess the reason I don’t like being called religious is that I associate the word with things like traditions, rituals, and rites that seem more man-made than God-given. Some speak approvingly
In many evangelical circles, and certainly among most fundamentalists, the world ‘liberal’ carries with it a definite emotional and theological charge. Liberals are seen as threatening the Faith and undermining true Christian theology. Liberals have a nefarious agenda; they are wolves in sheep’s clothing, and so on. Liberal theologians, on the other hand, are
A while ago I went to Maputo as part of a four-man ministry team. A bishop of a group of non-denominationally aligned local churches had asked us to help him establish a school of church leadership. The idea was to present a two day preaching workshop, followed by a further
‘Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people’. Proverbs 14:34 I was one of the over 450 Christians leaders who attended the National Initiative for Reformation of South Africa (NIRSA) consultation called by Michael Cassidy and Moss Ntlha to address the crisis in our nation. While some may say “crisis,
The word ‘errancy’ has the power to inflame some theologians to cry “heresy!” in the face of anyone who dares to hold a non-traditional view of how the Bible came into being. A most unfortunate consequence of the modern inerrancy debate is that for so many people it links the word errancy with heresy.