Sunday, May 15, 2011

The elephant room

My dear pal in Canada went to listen to James MacDonald and won a copy of the Elephant Room. I am not sure how he won it (did they play bingo between talks?) but that is the question I will ask in my email!

The Elephant Room came on my radar a few months ago. One of the hopes of this blog is to encourage the disciples of Jesus and part of this is encouraging people to think doctrinally. That means not only knowing what you believe but being able over time to add a 'why' to this so you as a believer see the foundations you stand on. So, for example, if I said the word 'election' do you know what I mean? Grace therefore holy opened my eyes to this wonderful doctrine. Election is mentioned in Ephesians 1, Romans 8, 9 and 11 and is the doctrine that God chooses you rather than the other way around (if you are an Anglican you believe this- article 17).

Evangelism and the Elect from Harvest Bible Chapel on Vimeo.

If this is true, this has huge implications as this sermon called Pastoral thoughts on the doctrine of election outlines. There are lots and lots more questions that followers of Jesus slowly start to get a handle on as they follow him. Disciples are people who constantly challenge themselves with the deep questions that the story of the scriptures places upon the human heart.

The Elephant Room is what one might call a theological bar room brawl between loving friends.

The Elephant Room from Harvest Bible Chapel on Vimeo.

You can watch lots of clips at James MacDonald's blog. Here is a taster of a lively debate between Chandler and Furtick

Chandler and Furtick from Harvest Bible Chapel on Vimeo.

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