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The point of church

After Lord Carey made some comments the following has appeared by A N Wilson in the Telegraph, now I don’t quiet agree, and this is why:

I’d have to say the article misses a big point in the whole focus on “sex”. That in the medieval period and before the Victorians, many people lived together unmarried, had children and so forth. This was a norm, and they would wait for the priest to turn up and then maybe get married.

I’d say the issue here is the need to re-evaluate the Victorian morality that we have inherited. Go back to the approval of monogamous committed relationships – and the encouragement to come before God and people to celebrate this.

As to the second point of rational thought, then I don’t buy this ether. I know many rational people who believe, the bigger issue is the language gap between “church and world”. That people don’t know the stories and thus the model we work in does not cope well with this (it still works in general on people having a background understanding). Also may people will be more willing to listen once they see things happening (the Frances effect).

Also I am reminded of something that Anglican Memes came up with.

 

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Ministry, Seen by the outside

 

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To You Who Bring Small Children to Church

Alongside the last post about membership, we look to the next generation. Soon I’ll put my ideas together about all of this as well

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

12 Reasons Membership in a Local Church Matters

An interesting view on what Membership of a Church is

Reformedish

Leeman-Church-MembershipIronically enough, I don’t think I knew what church membership was until I went to a a big mega-church that told people on a regular basis that they didn’t need to become one. I had grown up with parents who functioned as committed members of their churches, but conceptually the idea of formal membership in a local body was foreign to me until a few years ago.

At the risk of over-generalizing, I think that’s about where your average American Christian (evangelical) is nowadays. Insofar as we’ve actually given any thought to the issue, we go to church, maybe plug in to a church, or at most commit to a church. But, formally belong to one? Like on a list? With like a signature and stuff? In our individualistic, consumeristic, anti-authoritarian society, that sounds too rigid, too formal, and just bizarre. The church is a family, a community where I go…

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Ministry

 

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