Scot McKnight has put up two interesting articles on 1) faith and Maggie (Thatcher) and on 2) Bill Clinton. Not simply interesting to read but to consider why would I think ‘Of course she / he had faith’ or ‘No way’. And probably the main reason would be my take on their politics. Raises other questions about what constitutes ‘faith’ – evangelical faith / sinner’s prayer / discipleship etc.
Mrs Thatcher’s Faith
Bill Clinton’s Faith
Another very interesting post from McKnight was on the review of Jerry Walls’ book: Heaven, Hell and Purgatory who as an evangelical defends purgatory post-death. Not a commonly held perspective:
Purgatory – one mostly solitary evangelical’s affirmation
Back to faith… An old article in the Guardian I picked up on I found very interesting. It is on the conversion of some women to Islam. Replace some of the language and put it in a Christian context and we would be very happy!! How about this for a quote:
I have no regrets. On the contrary: my life now has meaning and the void that I used to feel is filled with God, and that is priceless.
The challenge has to be for us who follow Jesus. How does it differ… this also ties to the opening articles – faith in Jesus surely has to go beyond a prayer prayed, a ‘faith’, to some evidence that a) we know who this God is – and he has to be Jesus-like, and b) discipleship marks our lives.
Converting to Islam: British women on prayer, peace and prejudice
A little while ago we finished reading Disarming Scripture by Derek Flood. A wonderful read at the heart of it was Scripture as a trajectory (not too radical) and the need to ‘excise’ certain Scriptures (much more radical). Greg Boyd has taken to reviewing the book (first post of four here: Must We Deny Biblical Infallibility to “Disarm” Scripture? A Review of Derek Flood’s Disarming Scripture: Part 1).
Boyd is certainly correct to place Flood’s approach into the wider one of the doctrine of Scripture. And he suggests that Flood’s approach is one of denying infallibility. Of course these words (and the much tighter word inerrant) need definitions all of their own. So the review alongside the book makes for a good read.
I returned last night from 6 days in the West of Sweden at Halmstad. The main focus was an Easter conference with Kornhill, connected to New Wine. I last visited there in 2007, and they are a community with a Celtic influence to their rhythm and spirituality.
There was some wonderful openness and at one stage I had a thought that I quickly dismissed. As the days progressed I was reminded of days at Marsham Street back in the late 1990s. Imagine something prolonged here in Halmstad I thought, something would really build. Maybe that would be good, the challenge is always when something of that begins to kick in of being able to move on carrying the good but being re-positioned for the shift that is now here. Anyway – it was a thought and my response to it also a thought!
The area is one of the most ‘secular’ in Sweden I am told. Begs the question whether secular is worse than ‘religious’, but I understand what is meant. So I had a strong sense that I released that 1) there is an inherent spirit of innovation and excellence in the region, but this has been 2) capped by a false ceiling, that was due to agreements met that people had to conform to but the agreements for peace had not dealt with the root issues. So there was a ‘state of resolve’ but not a resolution to issues in history. The region itself carries a destiny to release new curriculums (with a focus on the university), books, including children’s books.
It was very interesting to meet a lady who had been head-hunted by the civic authorities, to aid them with innovation as she said the research indicated that there was indeed such a spirit there, and that the research showed that excellence should indeed also be returned. She then explained the history of the kind of resolution that had taken place in the area when there was an end brought to the Danish / Swedish conflicts. It certainly resonated strongly with what I had shared.
My counsel was that over the next two months there was a need to fill the heavens with some clear apostolic declaration of the destiny of the region. There is an openness in the heavens in the immediate to receive that with the possibility of the ensuing months to the end of the year being ready for the outworking.
It is awesome what is taking place in different geographies. Our focus here is different – but we too need to be able to fill the heavens in Spain with what is needed at this time. Mid way though a decade of rebalancing we need to stay focused.
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I am currently developing a part of the site with a focus on the 'gates of society'. That section will develop more as a forum with links to other articles, so that it becomes a resource for the future. I will also be looking for other contributors into the various subject-areas.
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Just some more blogs? No, of course not, nothing even similar... well maybe very similar indeed, but hopefully you can use them differently. At the foot of this home page you will find 10 more blogs, these ones are grouped together, they will only be replaced every few months with a new set of 10. They can be downloaded as an emagazine, or read here as blogs (click on one and read, or use the 'emagazine' link in the menu above). Here on this site you can also add your comment.
Their core focus will be toward the gates of influence in society. They will not be the final word, hopefully provocative with some practical aspects thrown in.
The first four volumes will be uploaded here in quick succession, after that a breather before the next one. You can access earlier volumes from the emagazine page using the menu at the top of this page.
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