Things I Think
My primary interest in this conference isn’t the usual in fighting and politics..it’s whether or not the affiliates will continue to provide a platform for K.P. Yohannan and Gospel For Asia in light of the serious financial and ethical questions that have been raised about the organization.
In years past GFA has been an exhibitor at the conference and the CC affiliates have been a cash cow for the organization.
Skip Heitzig and Gayle Erwin sit on it’s board.
The only responsible action at this juncture would be to suspend all involvement with GFA and refuse them a platform until all the questions have been answered, all the monies accounted for, and the concerns of the GFA Diaspora have been addressed.
The only reason not to take appropriate actions is to continue the Calvary Chapel heritage wherein ethics and financial transparency are cast aside in favor of mutually profitable relationships between leaders.
To continue to provide them a platform is to risk defrauding the people of God and to once again dismiss the hearts of those who claim to have been broken by abusive leaders.
This is Brian Brodersen’s conference and Brian Brodersen’s call.
A shepherd would send GFA packing, a hireling will stay silent.
The next few days will identify which role he chooses to play.
2. He who is forgiven much loves much…and that may be our problem. Our lack of love may be a direct result of not understanding how much we have have been and are continually forgiven for. The meanest people in the church are the ones who think they’ve achieved more sanctification than others…and I’m the meanest when I think I’m more sanctified than you.
3. I’ve always been comfortable with the concept of exile due to being given the left foot of fellowship by the religious establishment in divers times and places. It is the natural habitat of the covenant people of God and the only place where we truly belong.
4. I suspect that one of the things I’ll answer for in the judgment is the fact that I don’t know my immediate neighbors, nor do I want to.
5. When you add any requirement to receiving the grace of God other than reception, it is no longer grace, but reward. Grace, by it’s very nature, must be undeserved.
6. What is it that makes otherwise intelligent people believe conspiracy theories… religious or otherwise that are nothing more than the product of some nuts fevered imagination? More to the point, what makes people cling to these theories even in the face of overwhelming facts that disprove them? I just don’t get it…
7. Six years ago this week I was in in Geneva for Calvin’s 500th birthday party. I’ve thanked God that I had that experience every day since…
8. I long to live in a church culture where it would have been totally unnecessary to write #1.
9. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we deal with fallen leaders in the church and I’m beginning to think we present a “half-Gospel” in how we do so. We’ve gotten the “take them out” part down (in some quarters) and we’re very good at shaming them after the fall, but we never preach the hope of restoration to them and their followers after the crash. That’s not a half Gospel, it’s no Gospel at all. We are all legalists at heart…until we need grace ourselves. We miss the truth that we all need it, all the time.
10. I love thunderstorms. Unfortunately, I live in a valley and we often see the approaching clouds and anticipate the show only to see the clouds dissipate or move around the outside of the valley leaving us hot, dry, and disappointed. I think I’ve found another metaphor here, but mercifully for all of you, T wants to go skateboarding now. 🙂