Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

John Pavlovitz has harsh words for the American church

John Pavlovitz has some harsh words for the American church here. He classifies many American Christians as morally farsighted, mistaking their Christian Culture for Jesus’ Counter Culture. (I think he's on target. A good question to ask yourself is 'how many of my true friends are unbelievers?' If the honest answer is "few" or worse yet "none", a realignment of your life as a disciple of Christ is necessary.)

Honestly, I’m not at all sure Jesus would be any more comfortable in the opulent, massive, manicured megachurches that so many of these leaders and their people spend their weekends in, than in the filthy streets, with the prostitutes and the addicts, (those places we so often find him in the scriptures, by the way). I don’t think the bloated leadership conferences and high ticket festivals where so many Christian leaders travel, and the connected circles they tend to run in, really let the earthy heart of the Gospel come through much anymore.

Modern Evangelical Christianity, especially in America, is up against a true identity crisis. It wants desperately to personally and publicly claim ownership of the mission and message of Jesus, but its own lofty perch and long-held position of entitlement, make truly identifying with the underdog spirit of the Christ of the Gospels so very difficult; almost as difficult “as a camel going through the eye of a needle”.

Ouch. Food for thought.

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