Grace and Peace in Christ,
Well, this is my first tepid attempt to post a blog entry. I know I’m behind the times but I’ve been accused of that before. I will try to post an entry every couple of weeks or so to keep you updated on the ministry and to offer comments on various issues as they arise or are brought to my attention (usually the latter).
At any rate, as some may know I have been on a much needed sabbatical this year. I have been travelling non-stop for six years now and was in desperate need of a rest both physically and spiritually. I was married to a wonderful lady just over a year ago and having time with her at home without the constant travel has been a really good thing. God has blessed me and has pruned me in ways that just one year ago I truly could not have imagined. There was much pruning to do. The down time has also given me a chance for more study both in Word-Faith issues and others as well which has been most welcome.
Though on sabbatical, I have still done a little bit of teaching here and there. The most notable trip was one I took to Ecuador the first week of August. I was contacted by a missionary who said that the native Quichua (pronounced kee-chu-wa) pastors needed help in biblically refuting the Prosperity gospel. It is ravaging churches in Ecuador just as it is here in the States. There were about 75 or so pastors and seminary students from all over Ecuador who attended the seminar. I, along with pastor Jerry Starnes from Arkansas, taught. Though we had to teach through a translator, the men received the teaching eagerly and all seemed to take copious notes. They seemed so very grateful for the material and were truly hungry for truth. Poverty there was rampant but their love for Christ was so obvious. It was a very humbling trip for me on many levels. The trip was just as much for me as it was for them.
We had our first real cold front come through about 10 days or so ago. The 100-110 degree heat was finally broken and brought welcome relief. It is still bone dry, however, and many farmers are suffering. This has truly been a summer for the books – the hottest , driest one of my lifetime for sure. If Gloria Copeland can really control the weather as she claims, I sure wish she would talk up some rain.
Speaking of Gloria Copeland, my wife and I attended part of a large Word-Faith convention recently in Fort Worth. Words can never describe just how troubling it was. The Gospel was twisted and misrepresented. Jerry Savelle and Jesse Duplantis bragged about their wealth and private jets – can’t get by with just one ya know. Gloria Copeland taught her “Healing School” but to be able to read her favorite out-of-context verses on healing she first had to don her eyeglasses. I never cease to be amazed how the thousands in attendance don’t seem to notice the obvious disconnects between Word-Faith theology and its everyday application – or lack thereof. Every person who entered the convention in a wheelchair, with a sick child, blind, etc. left in the same wheelchair, with the same sick child, with the same blindness. I may write more on this experience in my next post.
In the meantime, I continue to study, research, and am doing some writing. Your prayers are very much appreciated. If I can be of service in any way, please do let me know. I will post again soon.
Blessing to all,