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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ — Is There a Third Way?

A friend of mine from high school popped up here at One In Jesus the other day asking what this “progressive Church of Christ” thing might be. He’s from another Christian tribe. And it’s kinda hard to explain. I jotted … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Part 8 (Follow Up Questions re Baptism)

Understandably, given how many readers are in Restoration Movement denominations or else have Restoration Movement roots, the question of baptism keeps coming up when I propose treating other denominations as fellow believers and Christians. Baptism has long been a boundary … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Part 8 (Painting a Picture)

Imagine, if you will, a community without denominations. Here in West Alabama, for example, imagine that all the congregations of Christ’s church decide to cooperate in all things. They begin with the easiest form of cooperation: benevolence. They begin small, … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Part 7 (Campbell on Unity)

It’s ironic that our (in the narrow sense) insistence on cooperating only with those as doctrinally pure as we violates our founding principles. Yes, really. The one fact is, that Jesus the Nazarene is the Messiah. The evidence upon which … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Part 6 (What We Lose)

Okay. This is the part where we talk some more about what we lose if we give up our denominations. And it’s not as though they serve no purpose at all. In fact, denominations do quite a lot. 1. Missions. … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Part 5 (What I’m Not Saying; What We Have to Give Up)

I think it’ll help if I say plainly what I’m not saying. 1. I’m not saying that all the denominations should all merge into new super-denomination with a uniform worship pattern, uniform organizational structure, and perfectly uniform doctrine. That was … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Parts 3 & 4 (Ephesians Gives the Answer)

[re-written and expanded] We should not ask the question in terms of the future of the progressive Churches of Christ or the Restoration Movement. To ask about our subgroup is to assume that God wants our subgroup to have a … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Part 2.5 (The Idea Simply Stated)

I’ve been trying to think of a simple way of explaining the idea. Let’s try — * The churches in each community should feel closer to and work more closely with each other than churches of their own denomination elsewhere. … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Part 2

Article by LeRoy Lawson LeRoy Lawson is an international consultant with Christian Missionary Fellowship International, an agency that supports foreign missions. He writes, 1. We have made our point and it has been adopted by many who are not “us.” … Continue reading

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The Future of the Progressive Churches of Christ: The Christian Standard’s June 13, 2010 Issue, Part 1.5

Some take issue with a principle I consider very nearly axiomatic: denominationalism is sinful. That’s what I think. Now, some kinds of denominationalism are worse than others. The worst kind is the “we’re saved and you’re not” kind. I think … Continue reading

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