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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Unity in Diversity...

Couple of gems from a uni reading by James D. G. Dunn (2002)

He is reflecting on how the New Testament Canon is so diverse as it contains so many very different expressions of Christianity.

"Conservatives" who want to draw firm lines of doctrine and practice out from the center in accordance with their particular tradition's interpretation of the New Testament, and "liberals" who want to sit loose to all but the central core, must both learn to accept the other as equally "in Christ", must learn to respect the other's faith and life as valid expressions of Christianity, must learn to welcome the other's attitude and style as maintaining the living diversity of the faith.  

The conservative must not condemn the liberal simply because the latter does not conform to the former's particular canon within the canon.  And liberals must not despise conservatives simply because the later tend to count some non-essentials among their own personal essentials (cf. Rom 14:3)"

Romans 14:3 - Good News Translation (GNT)

3The person who will eat anything is not to despise the one who doesn't; while the one who eats only vegetables is not to pass judgement on the one who will eat anything; for God has accepted that person.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

What do you hear? Sermon 18th March 2012, MCC Auckland

A little girl comes home from her first day of school.  “What did you do today”, her mum asks… “Well, we heard a story”.  And she goes on to explain…

There was this girl, she liked red – a lot, in fact she wore it all the time.  One day she decided to go off and to see her grandma.  She walked through the woods and at first she couldn’t find her Grandma but then she did, they had tea and then she came home.  It was a really boring story.

The mother was a tad confused as this wasn’t the Little Red Riding Hood story that she remembered.  What did her daughter forget?  (ask congregation to respond …. Woodcutter, wolf, cutting open etc)

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Small Churches

Rev Michael Patrick Ellard writes on his blog about the trend of small church closures.  Really interesting read. The blog post was in response to his former church, MCC San Jose, decided to close.  He explores the following questions:

What happened?  Why did the church close?  Who is to blame?

Does this mean all Metropolitan Community Churches are doomed?

How do you feel?

You can read it all on his blog here