Baptism

Today we are baptising three young people and three adults into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are celebrating sins forgiven, conscience cleansed. We are rejoicing in new life (Gal 6:15). We are standing with and praying for those that are being united with Christ in his death and resurrection. We are reminding ourselves of our great salvation. We are excited about the church of Jesus Christ advancing.

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Merger questions

So the process of merger two churches legally has been completed but the work of creating one church is still ongoing. Here are some of the questions we asked ourselves as we worked through some of the issues. What other questions would you have asked? Vision – what’s our calling from God? Where are we headed? Values – what’s our character and style? Theology – what issues separate us and what issues unite us? Structure – how will we be lead? how will we make decisions? Leadership – who will…

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The new name

Back in June I talked about the church merger and the process we used to choose a new name for the church. I deliberately didn’t mention the name. But it’s about time I did. Hope Church. So there you go. It’s not original but that wasn’t one of the criteria so I’m not bothered about that. There are plenty of Hope Churches in the nation but none in our town. It’s unique where it matters most, in our local area. Hope more than adequately expresses the call of God on…

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What's in a name?

I haven’t written anything in a while about the church merger we’re working on so I thought it was about time I said something about that. Sooner or later the issue of names crops up, ‘what are we going to be called?’ We decided early on that a new name was important, that way we would all be caught up into something new rather than some feeling they’ve lost their identity and others not seeing the change. But how do you choose a name? I’ve been through one pretty tortuous…

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Church merger: Vision

The first question we asked as we look into merging relates to vision. We wanted to find out what the call of God on each church was and were they the same? In order to walk together going forward we need to be walking in the same direction, it’s a basic point but quite an important one. It relates to our understanding of what the church is for, what is our purpose and what is our mission? Who are we here to serve, to simply care for the sheep or…

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I'm sort of emerging

Fellow Newfrontiers blogger Mark Heath has reflected on the influences shaping Newfrontiers at the moment in this post Newfrontiers Future Directions. Mark lists, as he sees it, four key currents that are shaping our movement – church growth, reformissional, neo-pentecostal and emerging – with the strongest current being reformissional. I get an honourable mention under emerging, the weakest influence. Mark writes, “Emerging churches are passionate about the environment, social justice and the poor, and downplay the importance of many things that conservative evangelicals would consider central.” I’m mentioned because, “It…

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NSCC v ASA (round 3)

Our church has been having a debate with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) about talking about healing (Round 1, Round 2). Here’s the latest: We sent the following letter to them, explaining again our position “Thank you for your letter asking us again to comply with the proforma. Our response, however is the same as before for the following reasons: The ASA may have felt we discouraged people from seeking medical advice but the burden of proof is with you to demonstrate that the implication you infer is both correct…

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An ethical dilemma

Here’s a puzzler for you, thoughts welcome… As part of our children’s work at NSCC we run a Kids Club and every week we visit local families, most of whom aren’t Christians. My wife is expecting the imminent arrival of child no1. At one of the homes where the family like my wife alot, the father was home and was slightly worse for wear having been on the beer. This put him in a generous frame of mind and he decided to give me a gift for my wife and…

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