As I posted several weeks ago, an interesting confrontation is ongoing in Florence, AL. It all started with a story in the Religion Section of the Florence Times Daily when a local church of Christ (the biggest in town) announced plans to build a mega campus with ball fields, a gym, etc. (but no McDonalds) right here in Florence.
The next week, a minister for a non-institutional church took out a rather large ad in the Religion Section of the paper and denounced and lambasted the first church and even went so far as to say he wished they would change their name from church of Christ to something else, since they had forfeited the right to be called Christians any more. I will have to admit though that this preacher is an equal opportunity lambaster, as he has creamed about everyone in town, Roman Catholics, "liberal" churches of Christ, etc. almost every group except the Non Institutional church.
OK, next level is that an editor of the paper wrote an article calling attention to the then ongoing "Light the Fire" campaign among some churches of Christ in town and asking "What kind of a church are we trying to revive?" He wanted to know if churches of Christ were going to revive a biblical church or one that spent all their energy vigorously attacking others, as in the present case.
Next level; a local minister of the churches of Christ writes a letter of protest to the editor and informs everyone that the two churches described, the one with the mega dream and the one attacking it, were "not in the mainstream anyway." So, we were encouraged to look at what the mainstream churches were doing, and not look at these two fringe groups.
Now, my question for you board posters is; "What is a mainstream church of Christ and who sets the parameters for this identification?"