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The Future of the Churches of Christ: On Congregational Autonomy, Part 2

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

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The Future of the Churches of Christ: On Congregational Autonomy, Part 1

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

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Church: “We’re all congregationalists now” — Stanley Hauerwas

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

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Congregational Mergers and Autonomy: Thoughts on a Reader’s Question

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

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Congregational Mergers and Autonomy: A Reader’s Question

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

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A Question about Congregational Autonomy

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

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Colbert and Congregational Autonomy

Just thought you’d enjoy Colbert’s take, as a Catholic, on the Anglican split over gay priests.

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Pagan Christianity and Congregational Autonomy, Part 2

The post on Pagan Christianity attracted several questions about what autonomy really means in the modern church world. Here are a few thoughts to add to the mix. * I dont’ really know how the monarchic episcopy evolved so quickly … Continue reading

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Pagan Christianity and Congregational Autonomy, Part 1

Pagan Christianity is a new/old book by George Barna and Frank Viola. Viola wrote an earlier version called, confusingly enough, Pagan Christianity, which attracted much less attention. But this edition, with the well-known statistician George Barna listed as co-author, has … Continue reading

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Question for the Readers Re a Church Merger

I received this email yesterday. I thought it would be helpful if the readers were to weigh in with ideas – I came across your entry while doing a search for “church of Christ” merger. I currently work with a … Continue reading

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