Monthly Archives: May 2015

Blurb 24-05-2015

Category : Links

Am I allowed to be honest? I struggle. Oh no I hear you think – he’s going loopy, he will need stress leave. No, no, no, it’s not that kind of struggle! I struggle. Oh no I hear you think – he’s got a sin problem, a big hidden sin problem. No, no, no, it’s not sin, (I’m not saying that I don’t sin, I’m just saying that that’s not my struggle in this instance). So I struggle. Ahh I hear you think – he’s been called to a new church, a bigger church with a bigger wage and he’s not sure what to do. No, no, no, it’s not that kind of struggle, nothing as easy as that and don’t be so wishful in your thinking coz I’m hanging around for a long time yet and no amount of money would tempt me away from being with you lot. I struggle. I struggle at times to get a message together not because I can’t and not because I can’t find anything to say – but rather I struggle with what Jesus said and how Jesus did, and who Jesus calls us to be, and today’s message is a ‘struggle’ message. One that makes me struggle and squirm as I come to terms with the uncomfortableness of how the Kings subjects should be in His upside down/right way up Kingdom. Let’s allow Him to lead us into encounter this morning and if you dare, I invite you to enter into a struggle with me. Have a great day, Kevin.

Blurb 10-05-2015

Category : Newsletter Blurb

Hi. Been pondering about things a little and came across this from Rodger E Olsen…

My experience is that the richer and more educated we evangelicals and Baptists become the less likely we are to really believe in or expect miracles. We relegate the supernatural to the inner world of persons believing that God can change people’s hearts, but we do not really believe God intervenes in the physical world. Yet the Bible is full of examples of God’s interventions in the physical world, it commands us to pray for such, and evangelical (and Catholic) Christians in the Global South almost all believe in and pray for God’s miraculous interventions—especially in healing the sick… I suspect our contemporary evangelical avoidance of the supernatural in the physical realm of reality has little to do with intellectual questions and issues. I suspect it has more to do with wanting our religion to be respectable; above all we don’t want to be viewed by the world around us as fanatics. The abuses of the supernatural seen on cable television cause us to drop it entirely. But, as the old saying goes, the cure for abuse is not disuse but proper use. We have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

Over the years of teaching theology I have made a point of interrogating Christians who come to America to study theology from Africa, Asia and Latin America. I ask them about their view of American Christianity. Normally they are very reluctant to open up and say what they really think. But when I give them absolute freedom to be totally transparent they often say that they are shocked by American Christianity—including evangelical Christianity—because of its individualism, consumerism and lack of belief in the “spiritual world” by which they mean the supernatural. I, too, am shocked by these conditions of American evangelicalism.

What do you think? Have a great day, Kevin