Thought Leaders Series: 2017

Old Habits Die Hard.

The word anti-intellectualism is nowadays synonymous to Christianity, especially Evangelicals and Pentecostals.

By way of background an anti-intellectual is simply a person who believes that intellect and reason are less important than actions and emotions in solving practical problems and understanding reality.

Anti intellectualism is alien to Judeo-Christian culture or history. In fact as well as others the term ‘Teacher’ was one of Jesus’ titles. Judges, Kings, Priests, Rabbis, Prophets, the disciples, and even Paul were all seasoned intellectuals. We can still see this today in the priority the Jews give to academia, and the position they hold in most professions in leading economies.

Anti intellectualism crept into Christianity by stealth. As churches became elitist, break away faction (who were mostly from the poor and underclass) started reorienting towards the idea of “being led by the spirit”. These poor uneducated well meaning leaders were solely dependent on “signs and wonders” as they lacked basic education, not to mention theological training. Doctrines, exegesis, and interpretation became skewed; and those who dare question them were ostracised from their congregations.

One of these breakaway factions is the Pentecostal movement, which came out of the Methodist movement. As this group attracted the poor and underclass, they found affinity with the oppressed, especially those within Black communities in the West and developing World – owing to their common struggle.

Much later some within the movement saw the need for theological education and training, but by this time habits had been formed which made their way into the curriculum as doctrines. Besides, most people within the movement did not see the need for training or education as all they needed was prayer, fasting and “signs and wonders” to vindicate their activities.

For those who have “eyes to see”, when we fast forward to the 21st century we see the damaging effect of poor theological understanding, epitomised in anti intellectualism. As a result, ignorance and mediocrity prevails.

Jesus challenged Nicodemus,

“Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? – (John 3:10)

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June Series 2015: the church and the media 

The Media is oftentimes described as the Fourth Estate. 

Almost like the invisible hand in economics, the Fourth Estate can be defined as a societal or political force or institution whose influence is not consistently or officially recognised. 

In the UK alone, newspapers media have been the subject of government inquiries, police investigations, legal cases, and ethical debates; most notably the recent phone-hacking scandal (the subject of the Levinson Inquiry).

So, join us this Sunday for the final segment of this year’s June Series. 

During the course of my lecture I will be exploring the media’s influence over faith, culture and politics, and its enormous potential in our mission to reach the lost, and make disciples. 

(3:00-4:30)pm

Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, DA6 7DA

June Series 2015! 

7th, 14th & 21st June. 3 days of high impact prayer and prophetic teaching.

This Sunday (7th June): the Church and the next generation. 

In my opinion no scripture best demonstrates God’s plan for faith succession better than prophet Malachi’s edict in Malachi 2:15:

You were united to your wife by the Lord. In God’s wise plan, when you married, the two of you became one person in his sight. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. Therefore, guard your passions! Keep faith with the wife of your youth.

Godly children, yet this generation epitomise the life of Samson as captured in the book of judges: unlimited power and narcissism. 

Evidently dear friends the devil has sown weeds among our wheat (Matthew 13:25-30). As a result, like Samson, the grace at their disposal is overshadowed by their passion for the gifts at the expense of the Giver.

We know from the Bible and history that this is not healthy for them, and most importantly, not sustainable for the church; so what can be done?

Do we like king Hezekiah settle for ‘peace in our time’, or like Nehemiah, sound the alarm and fight for this generation and the next?

We have decided to go with the latter. 

Please join us for prayers this Sunday as we set the battle in array for our children, and their children’s children.

(6:00-7:30)pm

Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA 

(Free parking in front of the school and adjacent streets)

John Piper on Fasting

My assumption so far has been that good things can do great damage. Oxen and fields and marriage can keep you out of the Kingdom of heaven. 

Which is why Jesus says, 

No one of you can be my disciple who does not bid farewell to all of his own possessions (Luke 14:33). 

Anything can stand in the way of true discipleship – not just evil, and not just food, but anything. 

Nor should it be surprising that the greatest competitors for our devotion and affection for God would be some of his most precious gifts.

 Be inspired!

This Sunday @ Healingsprings fellowship!

Fasting 

In Matthew 17:14-20, we find the story of a boy possessed with a demon, and the failure of the disciples to set him free. This same story is covered extensively in Mark’s account of Jesus’ life (Mark 9:14-29). It is also noteworthy that in the original manuscripts the word ‘fasting’ was not present in both accounts. 

So when Jesus was asked by the Pharisees, ‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’, he responded: 

‘… The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast… ‘ (Matthew 9:14-17).

Then in Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus said: ‘When you fast…’

To this end dear friends, we will be exploring Fasting

During the course of my lecture we will draw from Old and New Testament case studies, with a view to highlight the relevance of this spiritual discipline in our Christian walk today.

So join in!

(6:00-7:30)pm

Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA 

(Free parking in front of the school and adjacent streets)

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Prayer

The psalmist wrote: “O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.” – Ps 65:2.
In the same vein Luke recalls a parable by Jesus about a corrupt judge and a helpless widow (Luke 18:1-8).

What have these two passages got in common? 

What are these writers trying to convey to their audience?

To this end we take another look at prayer. So during the course of this evenings lecture, I will explore:

  • What is prayer?
  • Why do we pray? 

  • How we should pray

So, join us for Prayer, as we delve into this subject and related themes. 

(6:00-7:30)pm

Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Rd, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA 
(Free parking in front of the school and adjacent streets)

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This Sunday at Healingsprings fellowship!

In the words of Austin Gentry,

Knowing God as a trustworthy and able captain is the ultimate compass in the storms of uncertainty.

Join us at 6pm for the final part of our running series: The Critical Journey.

Tonight’s lecture: A life of love.

6pm – 7:30pm | The Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Bexley.