As I mentioned in the first post in this series, I want to highlight some of the comments that have been left on my blog posts during the past week. Hopefully, this will give more visibility to some of the reasons that I love blogging – dialog and interaction.
Once again, make sure you read the comments from the guest post last week titled “Guest Blogger: Not salary but support.” Several people ask questions, and Doug, the author, responds.
I am reading a book that, among other things, talks of the largest numerical growth of Christians in history: aproximately 80 million in China, from the beginning of communist rule til now. Almost all are house churches with 20 or fewer members and almost all lacking seminary educated clergy. While I greatly value education, and learn a lot from those trained in original langusges and ministry, I stand in awe of how God moves in the world. While most of us take a career path approach to life and ministry, God continues break our views of how things ought to be done. We daily choose to follow Him wherever He leads, or choose to follow the path to our definition of success. I pray I’ll follow His leading and not the world’s view of success.
Looking at the book in this light, I’d say that this deals a bit of a death-blow to those who would say that the book of Acts is descriptive narrative of what happened then, but not normative (or even really possible) for today. Usually this is used by people trying to explain why we shouldn’t read Acts and expect to see the miraculous stuff, usually explaining that this is the story of the apostles, and since we’re not apostles, we shouldn’t expect any of that today.
But if Acts is “Acts of Jesus Christ through His Disciples” and Jesus Christ really is the same yesterday, today and forever, then that stuff becomes gloriously possible. Maybe not normative (as in miracle round every corner), but as we learn to see how Jesus is working through us, we can expect some amazing wonderful stuff in our lives, churches and stories too!
And, to round out the “Johns,” I appreciate this comment by Aussie John on my post “A criterion, a treasure, an assumption, and a broken heart“:
Ross is correct,”Christians should be making disciples”. Absolutely, but only genuine disciples WILL make disciples!
Joel is very privileged. Let brotherly love continue.Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares, Heb.13:1-2
Eric’s assumption is vital as well as valid.
Arthur has nailed it in one.
Finally, don’t miss the discussion between Charles and me in the comments of my post “The Disappearance of the Twelve in Acts 6-9.”