Gordon Anderson on Eschatology

Brian Fulthorp:

If you are interested in eschatology – this video is well worth listening to. It’s not your typical left behind approach – it’s far more robust. Blessings,

Originally posted on W.onderful W.orld of W.adholms:

Gordon AndersonThe following hour long audio is from the Minnesota Assembly of God Family Camp 2015. Dr. Gordon Anderson (president of North Central University) spoke to the topic of eschatology and offered a perspective that it would be well for more in the Assemblies of God to embrace. He briefly covers the history of dispensationalism and its impact on the A/G as well as offering anecdotal accounts typical of those raised under dispensational teaching (my own story being quite similar).

I personally found his approach to be both biblical and confessionally sound. He ends with a call to all ministers in particular to preach Jesus in preaching eschatology instead of preaching timelines, exposing numbers and beasts, etc. His teaching was a refreshing word not often heard in our camp meetings, but all too necessary. I have preached and taught many of the same things, but was greatly encouraged to hear another…

View original 6 more words

moving … again…

I am writing to share that – if you saw it about a week ago (if you are an FB friend) – Debbie posted that it’s true, we have started the packing process in preparations to move yet again. August 14th 2015 will be my last day of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education of which I was in the year long Chaplain Resident program) and will be released from Vidant on the 26th of August (per contract). I have been applying for Chaplain positions all over the country and have had a couple of interviews but nothing has been offered as of yet. Many know we have moved a lot (this is our 10th or 11th move – most have been involuntary). We came to North Carolina because we believed the Lord had called us to, so we followed. That didn’t work out like we had thought it would. It is not our desire to continue moving from place to place to place. I am grateful for my time in CPE and hope it can help us find a place we can be and live and pursue God’s calling on our lives (as I hope we all do in one form or another). I am asking for prayer support as we continue to seek the Lord for his direction and wait for the next open door as we pursue his calling.

Thanks in advance and blessings.

Assemblies of God 2014 Statistics Released, Reveals Ethnic Transformation

Brian Fulthorp:

Glad to see this happening…

Originally posted on Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center:

Advertisement for the 2012 annual meeting of the Southern Pacific District Council of the Assemblies of God. Advertisement for the 2012 annual meeting of the Southern Pacific District Council, which serves Hispanic Assemblies of God churches in Southern California.

The Assemblies of God is one of the few major denominations in the United States to show continuing growth. But the real story is the ethnic transformation of the Assemblies of God. It is becoming less white and more reflective of the ethnic, linguistic and social diversity that exists in the global church.

When the Assemblies of God (AG) released its 2014 statistical reports last week, the press release noted that the denomination’s number of U.S. adherents had grown for 25 consecutive years. In 2014, the AG showed modest growth of 0.6% to 3,146,741 U.S. adherents. This was just below the growth rate of the U.S. population, which increased by 0.75%. The number of U.S. adherents has been increasing at a relatively steady pace — at an…

View original 874 more words

The Top 20 Countries where Christianity is Growing the Fastest

Brian Fulthorp:

not a single “western” nation made the list….

Originally posted on Disciple All Nations:

top 20Where is Christianity growing the fastest? The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, based at Gordon Conwell Seminary, published In June 2013 an excellent report regarding Christianity in its Global Context. The full report can be found online at www.globalchristianity.org/globalcontext. From this report I identified the top 20 countries that have the highest percentage Christianity Average Annual Growth Rate (AAGR). They are listed in Table 1.  I have also calculated the number of years for the number of Christians to double, based on the Average Annual Growth Rate.  

Table 1. The Top 20 Countries Where Christianity Has the Highest Percentage Growth Rate

Rank Country Continent Christian  AAGR Years to double Majority Religion Percent Christian 1970 Percent Christian 2020

1

Nepal Asia, South Central

10.93%

6.6

Hindu

0.1%

3.8%

2

China Asia, Eastern

10.86%

6.6

Non-religious

0.1%

10.6%

3

United Arab Emirates Arabian Peninsula

9.34%

7.7

Muslim

5.9%

View original 1,392 more words

on a hermeneutic of suspicion

Part of the challenge of ableism* as a worldview is that it is often difficult to distinguish what the Bible says from how the Bible has been received, what our religious traditions say about it, and how we have been taught to interpret it. This means that we’ll often presume out normate understandings of the Bible are exactly what the biblical authors intended to communicate to us. The task before us, then, is to apply a hermeneutics of suspicion not necessarily to the biblical text but to our own traditions of interpretation that have taught us how to read it.  The goal is to question our own presuppositions about disability in order to see afresh how the Bible is and can be good news not only for people with disabilities but also for socieities with people across the spectrum of abilities (12). 
 
*ableism names the discriminatory attitudes, negative stereotypes, and sociopolitical and economic structures and institutions that together function to exclude people with disabilities from full participation in society (11).
 
-Amos Yong (The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God. Eerdmans, 2011)