Category Archives: Congregational Autonomy and Mergers
As Americans, the idea of valuing accountability and submission is entirely foreign. We are strong believers in self-determination, independence, and freedom — defining “freedom” as freedom from anyone else’s control. But this is not the New Testament concept of freedom. … Continue reading
Historically, the Churches of Christ have confused autonomy with isolation. Indeed, the thought of a congregation being accountable to another congregation in any meaningful sense is considered heresy. And I must say, I find little appeal in the Methodist model, … Continue reading
In a recent interview published in Christianity Today, Stanley Hauerwas discussed his recently published autobiography. Hauerwas is a scholar who helped found the neo-Anabaptist school of thought with John Howard Yoder. He is a Methodist who taught at Catholic Notre … Continue reading
In the last post of this series, a reader described how a proposed merger between a Church of Christ and an independent Christian Church had gone badly because many in the Church of Christ objected to the unification — even … Continue reading
I get emails – A reader wrote to ask this question. I’ve edited it with his permission to make it anonymous – Some time ago the local Christian church was left without a preacher and only one elder remained. They … Continue reading
I get emails. Here’s one with a very thoughtful question about congregational autonomy – … According to Josephus, there were 100,000 Christians in Jerusalem at the end of the first century (or so I have heard – I have not … Continue reading
Just thought you’d enjoy Colbert’s take, as a Catholic, on the Anglican split over gay priests.