Linkathon 4/21, part 2

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  1. Michael says:

    “To keep the Pentecostal fire burning. All of its big revivals have cooled off after a generation or so. Pentecostalism is into its second century, but it’s still vigorous because it tends to renew itself every 30 or 40 years. If [its leaders] keep the excitement and the fire going intellectually and culturally, the [movement will] continue to grow.”

    Oddly enough, God doesn’t have to do anything…

  2. BrianD says:

    Interesting thoughts from Synan on why Pentecostalism is so well-embraced internationally, especially on how it meshes with their previous worldviews (like people already believing in spirits).

    His comment “Pentecostals are the most successful at converting people in competition with Islam.” really stood out to me. I wonder why this is?

  3. Michael says:

    I wonder if it’s true… 🙂

  4. Michael says:

    The Elliff link is the link of the month…

  5. BrianD says:

    I have no idea.

  6. BrianD says:

    Elliff’s article was very good.

    I would also vote for Chaplain Mike’s post. It may have some holes in it, but the essence of it is true: you don’t need to have an opinion on all of the non-essential matters that Churchianity deems essential; you’re not required to follow Jesus AND choose the right political party AND approve of the approvable authors and pastors AND this AND that to be a Christian.

  7. BrianD says:

    I like three of Kathy Escobar’s four values. Not sold on her definition of inclusivity; I would only say the “table” is open to all who are in Christ. But her descriptions of her other three values by and large point me to Jesus….

  8. Em says:

    i’m confused about Sevin’s thots on Warren???
    do i conclude that Miller’s topic (of Linkathon part1 today) was on the Rick Warren model? does Warren promote kicking people out (telling em, get plugged in or get out)???
    BTW it occurs to me that i really don’t know if or what Warren or anyone on his staff teaches from his pulpit? i’m guessing he’s a Bible teacher… no?… dunno

  9. BrianD says:

    Em, the Miller article has nothing to do at all with Roger SevRin’s article.
    And yes you could benefit from knowing what Rick Warren teaches. Start with the website of the church that he psstors and his book Purpose Driven Life.

  10. Em says:

    BrianjD, thank you and i should take time to listen to a Sunday Service at Warren’s church now that i can – but i didn’t mean that the two links were connected as such – what i was wondering was… does Warren teach plug in or get out? i will look into it further for myself (as i should have before posting)

  11. Em says:

    the Elliff link kind of brought tears to my eyes and i linked the father’s message – that man is 90 some? wow! i have some family members sharp and spry like that – not me

    i think those men are saying what Michael and some of the pastors’ hearts here have been sayin, too – the elder Elliff says something to the effect God has forgiven me; He did not, does not(?) restore me (to the ministry of church leadership). such a gracious, honest sinner. i want to be like that man.

  12. BrianD says:

    Sorry for the misunderstanding. I don’t know if he teaches plug in or get out.

  13. Em says:

    😳 not confessin to a similar sin back there somewhere 🙂

  14. Michael says:


    We’re going to keep that article on file…wonderful word.

  15. Isaiah56:1 says:

    I thought Jim Elliffs blog was full of grace and wisdom.

  16. DLE says:


    Thank you for continuing to link to my posts at Cerulean Sanctum. I pray that people are challenged and blessed by what they read there.

  17. james tiberius kirk says:

    Donald Miller’s post was encouraging….unless you’re into church for the entertainment value. People using their spiritual gifts builds the local church; people who won’t “share” their gifts or share the love are what makes the modern American church so atrophied.

    I love hearing people talk about Pentecostalism and charismania…ha ha. I always hear people critique and criticize the “emotionalism” and “shallow teaching” that is worlds apart from my spirit-filled experience in a local church…

  18. james tiberius kirk says:

    What hilarious about Xenia’s Farmville post is that she posted it at 2:44am on the 18th! Writing about Farmville and its dangers STILL had her up late!

    Much love, Xenia!

  19. Xenia says:

    Hi James, must be a problem with some time setting cuz I was sound asleep at 2:44am on the 18th.

  20. Xenia says:

    I went and looked- I never set the time stamp for my blog and it seems to be the time in Wake Island or some such place. Maybe my next blog post will reflect the correct time!

  21. Jim Jacobson says:

    Thanks for that link to Eliff’s very thoughtful article. I have never thought about a “written policy” re: church discipline… good stuff!

  22. james tiberius kirk says:

    xenia, glad to help….I couldn’t quite see you typing away at that time while your husband dreamt of swimming…

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