Church Planter Testimonies: Episode One| “Brian Powell” Jonny Atkinson (communications director for the Immanuel Network) sits down with Network partner Brian Powell to discuss how the last few years have been church planting in Charleston, SC.
When we assume our own personal or cultural applications are the same as the biblical principle (sometimes we even do this in the name of fighting relativity), we tend to trample on Christian liberty and fight about the wrong things. We can divide the body of Christ over silly things like food, just like Paul warns about.
We don’t like to be motivated by fear, at least not in our relationship with Jesus. Fear sounds too much like duty. We want to be motivated by love and do things because of delight. Granted, this is also biblical (2 Corinthians 5:14). But being motivated by fear is also biblical, and human.
Here was a group of men, a group very diverse in terms of age, background, personality, and gifting. And yet they worked well together, appreciated their differences, and even celebrated them. The one gifted in preaching would praise the one gifted in systems, who would praise the one gifted in wisdom, who would praise the one gifted in the biblical languages.
The proliferation of new words being used in mainstream media, academic institutions, and trickling down into the schools seems unending. Alongside these new words exists a cancel-culture, namely, the elimination of certain words and speech. What is going on?