At the first Council in Jerusalem, a deliberate and profound decision was made: Gentile believers were free to develop their own distinctive expression of church without the imposition of Jewish cultural norms. For many Australians today, Christianity is just as foreign as Judaism was to the Gentiles. It is time for the Council to meet again. (more…)
This Christmas, you are likely to see some unfamiliar faces at your church events: people for whom “church” is a foreign experience. What will they experience? How welcome, how comfortable will they feel? I grew up inside the Christian “club” but a few years ago, my own taste of a foreign church culture made me much more sensitive to the experience of newcomers or “seekers” who might attend a church like ours.