Get ready for the Great Communion of 2009 – the Bicentennial of the document that is regarded by many as the foundation of the Restoration Movement (Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address. It is also the centennial of the split in the movement that became formal when the US Census of 1909 listed Churches of ChristContinue reading “1809-1909-2009”

More Aussie Awards at Nashville

Tonight the Garfield and Grace Todd Awards were offered to Sonny and Fran Graham for their life work amongst aboriginal people, to Ash and Angie Barker, founders of Urban Neighbourhoods of Hope (UNOH), and to Neville and Lil Muir for their work with International Deaf Ministry. Dr Philemon Paur of Dhond Hospital in India alsoContinue reading “More Aussie Awards at Nashville”

African Worship

I took a deep breath and plunged into the African experience this morning. There is no such thing as observing an African worship service. You have to participate. Led by delegates from Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and Zimbabwe, about 80 people took part in the singing and dabncing prayers. The vibrant, soul-tugging worship had this rationalContinue reading “African Worship”

Day 2 at WCCC

The day begins with a choice of six different worship centres, Disciples, a capella, contemporary, African, Hispornic and Spanish. I choose Disciples which features the Gender Road Disciples Church Choir, gowned and swinging with a mix of classical and soul music. Later, the plenary bible study is led by Rhonda Lowry, an a capella memberContinue reading “Day 2 at WCCC”

Opening night of WCCC Nashville

A French youth choir, contemporary gospel, the parade of flags representing the 150 countries in which RM is present, a reading of a portion of John 17 in Maharathi (sp?) and a rip roaring Black American style sermon by Cynthia Hale kicked this Convention off to a good start. Cynthia grasped the nettle using bothContinue reading “Opening night of WCCC Nashville”

Nashville update

Back in Nashville where my wifi doesn’t connect for some reason – so I cant upload all I have written on the last few days travelling through historic sites relating to the beginning of Churches of Christ and the Restoration Movement. Today was the Leaders’ Forum of World Convention and the hordes are descending forContinue reading “Nashville update”

This is where it began

Sitting in this rough hewn log cabin church at Cane Ridge near Paris, Kentucky – the focus of the revivals of the Second Great Awakening on America’s western frontier in the early 1800s – is a special experience for those steeped in the principles and witness of the Restoration Movement. Even by today’s standards, thisContinue reading “This is where it began”

Some challenges of mere discipleship

<!–[if gte vml 1]> <![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>We’ve been workshopping the first three chapters of Lee Camp’s Mere Discipleship (Baker, 2003).   In summary, Camp lays out in winsome fashion a very clear distinction between what some would call “institutional Christianity” and radical (ie grassroots) Christian faith. Cultural myopia makes it very difficult for many to seeContinue reading “Some challenges of mere discipleship”

Ecumenism & Churches of Christ – a CCTC Symposium Reflection

Working together into the future: ecumenism and Churches of Christ I missed the earlier presentations on identity and the Restoration Movement, but suspect that these would have been related to the kinds of conundrums that were inevitably raised here. The questions were not new but were arising in fresh contexts. How does a movement suchContinue reading “Ecumenism & Churches of Christ – a CCTC Symposium Reflection”