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Thought Leaders Series 2017

The philosopher Aristotle asserted that, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” 
Interestingly, even though science refutes this theory, and rightly so for reasons that will be superfluous for me to delve into within the context of this piece; philosophically, it holds true. 
For example, the impact of the institutionalisation of Christianity by Constantine meant that a faith that stood for peace and equality, now had an army and was involved in slavery and colonialism. 

Moving further in history, French Materialism and The Enlightenment provided counter arguments with science, history, anthropology, and philosophy to phenomena that the Church avoided, or provided shoddy answers to for years. Some true, others not so true, nevertheless, they caused severe damage to the authority of the Church. 

As predicted by Aristotle, the void left by this seismic shift led to distrust and apathy. The crater caused by their impact was filled by counter ideas like humanism and atheism. Overtime leading to Nationalism, The World Wars (most people still can’t comprehend how the Church supported Nazism), Individualism, and other Political and Economic ideologies upon us today. 

Now, If the theory of Historic Recurrence (simply put: history repeats itself), which is widely known in political and economic circles holds true, then the Bible becomes even more crucial in interpreting trends, and predicting future events. 

For example, before the Exile prophets like Elijah, Elisha, Amos, Hosea; warned both Kingdoms of an impending doom if they fail to reform. Sadly their appeal fell on deaf ears, some were even executed for treason, others for heresy. Even John The Baptist, our Lord Jesus Christ, not to mention Paul and the other disciples were voices of reform. In fact the disciples continued in the synagogues until they were persecuted, killed, and banned from preaching and worshiping; hence the drive to start meeting in houses and other safe spaces.
In the same vein, I believe these counter ideas are similar to the Exile imposed on ancient Israel and Judah. I believe they are means of forcing the Church to rethink its position, and change. 
They serve as catalysts in stirring the church to seek God afresh for answers in an ever changing World. Compelling the Church to come out of its towers, and immerse itself into the pain and suffering of the masses. Forcing the Church to become a living organism, one that keeps growing, thereby, not stunted by mediocrity. One that is always relevant in-spite of the changes in our World.  

A lack of foresight and an inability to see the need for reform by the Church Fathers, led to the tides of science and reason becoming counter arguments against the Church.

“from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;” – 1 Chronicles 12:32
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Today @ Healingsprings fellowship

Our God is sovereign! 

Not just in principle, but also in practice.
With Trump’s victory in the US., I hear christians declaring that Trump must be God’s Will, because God is sovereign.
The question then arises: If God is all knowing, all powerful, ever present, and good; why is there evil in the world?
Well, I submit to you that Trump like any leader in a democratic process is the will of the people, not necessarily God’s. 
Therefore, our leaders are portraits of the values we hold dear as a people. 
So, today I will be treating The Problem of Evil, and Free Will.  
We continue in the strength of our theme for 2016: Our Year of Plenty (Gen 41:46-49), as we plant seeds of prayers, prophetic declaration, and thanksgiving for 2017 (Our Year of Restoration).
We march in the light of Nahum’s assertions: 

(For the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob, as well as the majesty of Israel, though ravagers have ravaged them and ruined their branches.) – Nahum 2:2

Join us!
3pm (light refreshment afterwards)

The Parish Hall 

St John’s Sidcup,

Church Road, 

Sidcup, Kent DA14 6BX

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This Sunday at Healingsprings: Commodities Exchange: What is the value of good reputation?

At the height of Jewish civilisation, we see the development of literary traditions especially in theology, philosophy, ethics, law, poetry, and music; which lasted for more than a millennium. This era gave birth to the books of psalms and proverbs (collection of collections). The latter, a fine example of how Biblical wisdom can be applied to everyday life. It raises questions of values, moral behaviour, work, government, the rule of law, the meaning of human life, right conduct; encapsulated with these words, “The fear of The Lord, is the beginning of wisdom”.

Fast forward centuries later, we see Judas being paid thirty pieces of silver for the betrayal of his leader and teacher. Realising his error he went back to the religious leaders to return the money, when they refused to accept it he threw it on the temple floor and walked away. The leaders went on to use the money to buy a field for the burial of foreigners.

Judas wanted back his honour, on the other hand the religious leaders wanted honour from the people through a seemingly good act; sadly both efforts were futile. In Proverbs chapter 22 verse 2, we find a profound statement, “A good reputation and respect are worth much more than silver and gold”. Wow!

With this in mind, this Sunday’s lecture is entitled ‘ Commodities Exchange: What is the value of a good reputation?

So why not drop-in for a life-changing experience? This 90 mins might end up being a catalyst for some awesome things.

(6:00 – 7:30)pm

The Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7D

There are free parking spaces directly in front of the school and on adjacent streets

Our Big Sunday Celebration can be best described as a community Christian festival. So in the spirit of thanksgiving, together we: sing, pray, give, celebrate life, discuss current affairs, present thoughts from Biblical themes, and encourage one another; like one big family!