This was a really helpful one, particularly for those of us in ministry with children.
Is this what we should call them or is there a better term we could use?
I am minded to agree with Rich. I am not convinced the place for statements on ethical matters is our doctrinal basis. We absolutely should preach with conviction on these matters, and I think ethical statements for churches and organisations that are distinct from doctrinal bases are prudent, but I am not convinced the doctrinal basis is the place for them. Not least, we will be changing our doctrinal basis quite a lot to reflect whatever ethical issues vexes society next decade, and the one after that, and the one after that until the parousia. We’ll be expecting a lot of churches to do a lot of work with their constitutions to reflect these changes too, and I suspect few will thank us for it.
The latest edition of the online journal is available for those who are into it. The christological arguments for compatibilism warrants a look from those interested in the interplay between divine sovereignty and human responsibility.
My friend, Sophie Killingley, has written about autism in the church as the mother of two autistic teenagers. We have a number of autistic children in our church. All the people with autism in church are very different indeed!
This one is about right.
‘Most people recognise that joining a local church means committing to it in some way. But what does it mean in practice to commit to the local church? Here are some key things.’