The case for congregationalism

There has been a bit of recent debate on the issue of polity and church governance. By some happenstance, I was preaching on Acts 6

Does presbyterianism innoculate against abuse? I’m not convinced

Yesterday, I saw this somewhat bizarre comment on Twitter: “Mr. Hybels built a church independent of any denomination. In such churches, there is no larger

We had a baptism yesterday: here’s what we did

At Oldham Bethel Church, we had the privilege of baptising and bringing into membership one of our Iranian brothers. There are several things going on

Beware the Elijah-complex: a lesson from history

As followers of this blog will know, or those of you who care enough to read the ‘About’ page, my formative Christian years were spent

The problem with our weekly ‘do what you feel’ gathering

Years ago, The Simpsons skewered the whole concept of the ‘if it feels good, do it’ culture. In the process, they also showed the nonsense

What does healthy church membership look like?

I have previously written about why we should not baptise those who would not join the church in membership. We noted that baptism was biblically

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