I don’t have a lot to say about these things. In a kind of dark and twisty way, most of it basically speaks for itself.
1. The Future of the Church
The future is ACTS 29. – Michael Spencer
- The future of the church will not be found where artificial barriers to the kingdom still exist.
- It will not be among church-planting networks focused on reformed doctrine dressed in cultural relevance.
- The future of the church will not be among the next newest-latest-greatest movement.
It will be found among local communities of believers who grasp the vision of being outposts of the kingdom and who go about the task of loving others and making disciples with faithful dedication.
2. Calamity and Judgement
The Bible is a scary book. And the future that is coming on unbelievers is scary beyond anything any preacher could conjure up.
– John Piper on David Wilkerson
If I have any reason to continue blogging, it is to paint a picture of God that counters statements like this. The Bible is an amazingly beautiful book, and our God is not waiting with anticipation and anger to pour down punishment. He so loved the world that He sent His Son as the plan for its ultimate salvation. As we experience whatever calamity there is in this fallen condition, He is our hope as we eagerly await His redemption and the return of this world to the way it was intended to be.
3. The Bentley Saga
It will be interesting, in a tragic way, to see what these guys do next. Someone commented that Joyner’s weekly episodes of Todd’s Journey to Restoration are like bad reality TV. I hope they can come up with a title that hasn’t been used yet — American Idol, The Bachelor, The Biggest Loser, Dancing With The Stars, Survivor, Temptation Island, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Wife Swap…
For guys like Bentley and Haggard, detox includes withdrawal from addiction to the platform. Very few guys go through that kind of withdrawal willingly. Usually you see them out looking for their latest fix.
I am very much for Todd’s restoration to faith and fellowship, but hopefully we will never see him in a public pulpit again. Perhaps someday Todd will be free of the system that brought him so much fame, fortune, and failure.
In the meantime, we can all look forward to the weekly spin to be aired by Rick Joyner. Rick’s statements to Grady are sadly revealing of his self-perception and the delusion that would lead to unflinchingly exposing his elevated attitude to this degree.
I’ve already written plenty about this topic – Healing Revival, Apostolic Bullshit, Extreme Charismatic Makeover, Afraid of Missing God, and oddly or not the Lessons From the Ted Haggard Story are applicable also.
4. Perry Noble Unleashed
Maybe someone ought to leash this guy. It looks to me like Perry has taken a chapter out of Dricoll’s book on How To Get Attention. Whatever! His comments might have been credible if they actually reflected either missional or emerging thought.
I should probably go back to not saying anything. :)