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29 May 2008

Good argument "R. Douglas"

Interesting article about Lakeland on MSNBC.com (here). It's actually a fairly cool and balanced discussion about what's goin' on. I did have to snicker a little at the "counter point" argument by someone named R. Douglas Geivett. Quote...

"I don’t think it fits neatly into any branch of Christianity," said Geivett. "Mr. Bentley’s world view appears to be a mixture of New Age notions, an obsession with the paranormal, and an untutored grasp of Christian theology."

Neatly?: You're correct. In fact...

Acts 2: 12-13

Their heads were spinning; they couldn't make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: "What's going on here?" Others joked, "They're drunk on cheap wine."

New Age notions: It's not like that R. Douglas. More like...

Acts 2:17

'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

Obsession with the paranormal: You're saying that the Spirit of God is ab(para)normal? And as far as obsession? SHOULDN'T you be kinda EXCITED about THIS???

Acts 2: 2,3,19

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them...I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below.

An untutored grasp of Christian theology: I love the untutored. So did Jesus. They did a pretty good job actually.

Acts 4: 13-14

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.

I'll let you in on a little Christian insider secret. We GET that what we do can look ridiculous. And sometime we wish it didn't look so obscure. But stop for a second and think how dumb it is for little old US to think that we know better how build HIS very own pre-planned kingdom... than HE does!

He LIKES things a little bit wonky sometimes to remind us that we don't get it yet. Keeps us moving in his direction.

1 Corinthians 26- 31 (The Message)

Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That's why we have the saying, "If you're going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God."

We sit on a pretty high horse sometimes. It's unstable air at that altitude. I'm pretty thankful to be "in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God". How could I ask for more? Life with God is way too much fun to doubt and be judgmental.

Love God
Love Others
Peace out Napoleon

1 comment:

Eric said...

I read that and wondered what kind of Christianity Mr R. Douglas believes in if it isn't the bible kind

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