Can church be developed and defined from its action?

Regular readers will know that this is something that i have teased at this quite a a while ago, amongst a variety of other pieces. I just thought it might be good to give it a rethink. I’m realising more and more that the broader church had a habit of wanting to redefine and re- strategise it purpose, often adopting marketing and business methodologies, or … Continue reading Can church be developed and defined from its action?

Millenials dont want a youthful church – they want one that meaningfully performs the gospel

I am nearly 40 and i still keep going to church. Just. So, I am not a ‘millenial’ that has left, yet I grew up evangelical, and often find myself growing out of love with the church. And I have tried a number of different ones. Some try the intentional youthful approach, trying to stay young and full of students (and this keeps the cycle … Continue reading Millenials dont want a youthful church – they want one that meaningfully performs the gospel

What if church really is the ‘Theatre of the Gospel’ ?

” The Church is a theatre of the Gospel in a double sense; the space designed for the performance of plays (place) and the lived presentation of dramatic action (people)…. The Mission of the local church is to constitute itself as a theatre of the gospel, walking the way of Jesus Christ across the stage of the world” (Vanhoozer 2014; 170, 172) So what you … Continue reading What if church really is the ‘Theatre of the Gospel’ ?

Taking our cue from the context (2) learning to improvise like Philip

“Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked “Do you understand what you are reading?” This exchange occurs in Acts 9 (v30). At first reading i presumed that Philip could see that the Man was reading something, but now, the Man, an Ethiopian, was clearly reading out loud. Maybe thats what they did in their chariots in the desert, … Continue reading Taking our cue from the context (2) learning to improvise like Philip