Here’s a Thought::at least my thought


Here’s a thought—at least my thought: For a while now [getting on for twenty years] the ‘Missional Movement’ has encouraged local churches to ‘reach out’–in ‘whatever-which-way’–often heralding the mantra of ‘belonging before believing’. Of course Christ followers get it. Who would not want those who don’t know Christ to remain outside the influence of the Gospel that SAVES? Who would deliberately make it difficult for those outside the church entry into it–to saving faith in Christ?

‘Emergent [Church]’ ideas have also been around for a while now; the question to ask now though is: What is it that has been emerging? How can it best be described? What is it achieving? And, last but not least: What are the ‘statistics’ emerging from it–in terms of those coming to faith in Christ and going on to maturity in that faith?. It could be argued [and I do] that–what, it most likely, has achieved is the weakening of the Church [i.e. the people and not the building]. Could it be that this ‘idea’–especially ‘belonging before believing’ has been one of the major reasons the church has been in decline—for it has encouraged a culture in which major Biblical Truths have been marginalised–producing a ‘mind-set in which the Christians within the ‘Emerging Church have, due to the notion that just ‘being church’ is all that is needed–that this will be the catalyst for ‘growth. and not the proclamation of the Gospel–making excuses—seldom proclaiming the Gospel—allowing itself to be marginalized by social mores etc.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the Power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…whosoever].” Romans 1:16

About djwimago

First and foremost, I became a committed follower of Jesus Christ in 1976, previously having had ‘strong leftish/ atheistic tendencies’. I have been in Christian leadership in various positions: An elder (eleven years) at Bournemouth Community Church with oversight for mission and apologetics; a deacon at Lansdowne Church Bournemouth (nine years) --working with international students and co-leading the Young People's Work [then YPF] with my wife Jackie. I was a founder director of the International Training Network, Bournemouth, training centre for the teachers of English as a foreign language and the principal/director [1996-2010] of the Christian English Language Centre in Bournemouth and Christchurch, England. Since December 2014 my wife and I have been attending St Mary's Church Ferndown, where we are seeking to use our gifts for the Mission of Christ. Publications: I am the joint author (along with Rosemary Griffiths) of a book entitled ‘Walls that Divide’, which is due to be revised/re-edited. I have recently (January 2016) published an edited version of my MRes thesis--published under the title: 'Beyond Eden:God, Evolution and The problem of Evil. PS. It is a 'work in progress'... My ‘academic’ background includes forays into the world of: Sociology, Theology, Philosophy,English-Language pedagogy,linguistics and Philosophical Theology in The Open University, The University of Sheffield, Canterbury Christchurch University/Trinity College, Newburg USA, and The University of Exeter. On a more personal note: I’ve been married since September 1963 [one of God’s miracles] and have four [grown] children and nine grandchildren — the latest born in 2015. Four of the grandkids live 'with their parents' in Australia. There are also two great-grandchildren.

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