This Sunday will be the first time our church has gathered together since March 15. That’s eleven Sundays ago. The time has come when we may reopen the doors of our churches and sit again on each other’s couches, and return to face-to-face fellowship.
New Zealand appears to have dodged a bullet and gotten off lightly in this pandemic, yet many Christians are berating the government because we cannot gather as churches under Lockdown Level 2. But there is a high cost which I doubt we are counting.
The excellent book The Trellis and the Vine finishes on a note that is strikingly relevant for our present context.
||Short Article|| Live-streamed video conferencing is not too far from the ‘face to face’ of 2 John 12, but it cannot make up the full experience of gathered fellowship. The time will come when we may reopen the doors of our churches and sit again on each other’s couches.
Last weekend four of our young men were baptised at our church camp. What follows are the questions that were asked, with some comments the significance they carry.
I would like to take the chance to thank all of you in the LRBC church family for supporting and encouraging me over the years of my tenure as youth pastor.
Two subtle but significantly different ways we can approach scripture.
||Short Article|| Cultural diversity is a fact of life in 21st century New Zealand. Cultural unity, is not. The gospel has sufficient power to unify a culturally diverse society. But it needs to conform attitudes into its image first.