A Pondering: Our Theology is our Responsibility / A.J Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering We have responsibility for the theology we hold. Christian theology has not just been downloaded from some Divine database, it has been constructed, wrestled with, thought through and developed as followers of Jesus have engaged with the Scriptures, and sought to follow and live the teachings of … Continue reading A Pondering: Our Theology is our Responsibility / A.J Hendry

A Pondering: The churches Rainbow kids are ending up on the street. This can’t be right.

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering. I regularly hear stories of young people who have been made homeless due to their sexual orientation. It's a common story, whānau believe being Queer is sinful/wrong, they struggle between their concern and love for their kid, and the fear they hold for their young persons eternal … Continue reading A Pondering: The churches Rainbow kids are ending up on the street. This can’t be right.

A Pondering: Are Family Values Christian Values? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering Family values. At election time you can almost guarantee that parties hunting for the "Christian vote" will make their pitch by claiming they are the one party that truly stands for family values. But what are family values, and should they really be a slam dunk for … Continue reading A Pondering: Are Family Values Christian Values? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: Is White Supremacy a NZ problem?

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering When we think of White supremacy we often think of the KKK, or the Christchurch Terrorist, or perhaps slavery. Yet, white supremacy is more than individual evil acts, it is an ideology that believes that white European world views and ways of being are superior to nonwhite … Continue reading A Pondering: Is White Supremacy a NZ problem?

A Pondering: Is Charity the same as Justice? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought, or random wondering Charity without Justice is no more than a band aid for the conscience of the comfortable Charity sustains injustice by giving us an outlet for our guilt. As a result we never have to ask ourselves why inequality exists, or face the bitter reality of how we … Continue reading A Pondering: Is Charity the same as Justice? / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: The Church and political engagement / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering I've been reflecting this morning on the manner the dominant voice within the Christian community presents itself within the public square. Over the last year dominant voices within the Christian community have been politically engaged in opposition to issues such as euthanasia, abortion, drug reform, and on … Continue reading A Pondering: The Church and political engagement / A.J. Hendry

The Church in Lockdown: Rediscovering our identity / A.J. Hendry

On March 26th, Aotearoa New Zealand went into complete lockdown. Unwilling, to sacrifice human life for the sake of the economy, our Government - led by our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - made the courageous, and necessary decision to shut our country down. For a moment we were left reeling. The impact of a national … Continue reading The Church in Lockdown: Rediscovering our identity / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: Shame Will Not Bring About Social Transformation / A.J. Hendry

A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering As I scroll through Facebook and Twitter this morning I see example after example of people seeking to stand for Justice using the tools of shame and hate. And I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, "Hate will never drive out hate, only Love … Continue reading A Pondering: Shame Will Not Bring About Social Transformation / A.J. Hendry

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P5: What About the OT? / A.J. Hendry

(This piece is the fifth in our series so far. Before we get into it, just a heads up that this is a tad longer than the others in the series. If you are just joining us I would recommend before diving in you start with Part One) Does the Old Testament condemn covenantal, committed, … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P5: What About the OT? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P4: What about Repentance and the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

In our last blog we discussed whether or not a gay person was putting their salvation at risk for being in a same-sex relationship. We concluded that despite the way this korero is normally framed, it is not in fact a salvation issue. For to say that someone is saved by what they do or … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P4: What about Repentance and the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P3: What about Hell? / A.J. Hendry

What about Hell? One of the fundamental concerns that exist for Traditionalists is that if we get this wrong, LGBTQ people will be in danger of Hell. We do an injustice to many sincere and loving Christians, if we paint them out to be simply hate filled, closed minded, bigots, for holding a traditional belief. … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P3: What about Hell? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P2: Is There Reason to Reexamine our Theology? / A.J. Hendry

In the last blog we briefly surveyed some examples of when the church - having been prompted by human experience, divine revelation, and scientific discovery - reformed, revised or competently changed their understanding of Traditional interpretations of scripture. At the end, we asked the question, when turning to the question of LGBTQ inclusion within the … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P2: Is There Reason to Reexamine our Theology? / A.J. Hendry

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P1: What About Biblical Authority? / A.J. Hendry

The debate surrounding whether the Church should fully affirm Gay marriage and allow LGBTQ people in committed, covenantal relationships into positions of leadership in the church, is currently one of the most controversial debates taking place within the Western Church today. On one side you have those who sincerely believe the scriptures unequivocally condemn all … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P1: What About Biblical Authority? / A.J. Hendry

Has Western Christianity missed the point of the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

I sometimes wonder if Western culture hasn't tamed the revolutionary nature of the Gospel. Having spiritualized our gospel, we have created a nice, safe, comfortable version of Christianity, more concerned with how to prepare one's inner person for the after life, than addressing what's going on in this one. And so, we have become a … Continue reading Has Western Christianity missed the point of the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

The Worlds going to Hell in a Handbasket, so where is God? / A.J. Hendry

Where is God? It is a question I find myself asking a lot lately? Where is God when a child is rejected by their parents and forced to live on the street? Where is God in the halfway house, where young teens search for meaning amongst the fog of synthetics? Where is God when hope … Continue reading The Worlds going to Hell in a Handbasket, so where is God? / A.J. Hendry

Is Christianity Meaningless Without an Answer for Human Suffering? / A.J. Hendry

Do you ever look around and think, what's the point of all this? What's the point of Christianity unless it makes a real difference for people in the world today? Last week I met with two young couples, and at the end of my time with them, I went home to my warm home and … Continue reading Is Christianity Meaningless Without an Answer for Human Suffering? / A.J. Hendry