Elders, the ‘older brothers’ of the church

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Series: The Church in Highlights‘James D. G. Dunn said that the clergy-laity tradition has done more to undermine New Testament authority than most heresies’. Frank Viola includes this quote in his book Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity. In my previous two posts I have been presenting some highlights that capture parts of two major themes

The human-centred church, reimagined

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 Series: The Church in Highlights‘Our modern gospel is entirely centered on human needs’; so writes Frank Viola in  Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity.In this post I continue presenting highlights from this very challenging book.The first major theme of the book is the organic nature of the church versus the institutional model so often adopted

The institutional church, reimagined

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Series: The Church in Highlights‘The institutional church as we know it today is not only ineffective, but it’s also without biblical merit.’ That’s quite a statement, but it is one of the phrases I highlighted as I was reading through Frank Viola’s book, Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity.Almost all my reading nowadays is by

Why Hell?

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Over the last few years Hell has become quite a hot topic (please excuse the pun but I just couldn’t resist it).  Rob Bell stirred up the flames of controversy with his book ‘Love wins’ and more recently Francis Chan has responded with his ‘Erasing Hell’. Bell and others claim that Hell can’t possibly exist

The Mystery of the church

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In Ephesians Paul uses the word ‘mystery’ four times. He writes of ‘the mystery made known to me by revelation’, his ‘insight into the mystery of Christ’, and how God has appointed him to ‘make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery’. In verse six he states the mystery in plain terms; ‘This mystery

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