“How We Got Here.” Patrick Mead – Minister at the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin, TN

Patricia Harrod-Wyrosdick posted in Facebook – These podcasts are a MUST listen to! Learn in a step-by-step method why the Church of Christ, Christian Churches, and Disciples teach what they do and how they originated. You might be shocked to learn the truth if you have never studied the Stone-Campbell journey or heard this before now. This is a excellent series on “How We Got Here.” Patrick Mead – Minister at the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin, TN – digs deep into the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. He provides clarity to questions that many are afraid to even ask. We should study with eyes and hearts wide-open and be able to accept truth over traditions of man. Amen!

How We Got Here
Part 1

How We Got Here
Part 2

How We Got Here
Part 3

How We Got Here
Part 4

How We Got Here
Part 5

How We Got Here
Part 6

How We Got Here
Part 7 (Audio has a late start.)

How We Got Here
Part 8 (Conclusion)
Patrick Mead interviewed by Trace Hebert

Ed.Note: Please see also
Carroll Ellis Symposium — America’s Greatest Revival: Cane Ridge Reconsidered

What Backstory Data Did the Early Stone-Campbell Leaders Lack when They Theologized About the Messiah, the Millennium, and the Mission of the Kingdom of God? — What The DEAD SEA SCROLLS Tell Us About the HISTORY Of The Biblical Text — Dr. Michael S. Heiser

In case your two party political duopoly

are throwing around terms like “socialist”, “marxist”, “biblical”, “evangelical”, etc. an episode in the life of my dead mentor, Paul of Tarsus, professional discipler, church planter, herald of the Messiah of the Most High God, might be informative. Note: these words were delivered to the nation of Ekklesia, not any current geopolitical or national entity:

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

The Journal of Discipliana

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society (DCHS) has decided to revive its periodical “Discipliana” as a scholarly and fully refereed journal sponsored by the Society. The new title will be “The Journal of Discipliana” and the venue for publication will be solely online. All published articles and reviews will be published in an “open access” format.

Content eligible for publication will include scholarly treatments (historical or contemporary) of all aspects of the Stone-Campbell Movement utilizing perspectives and methodologies provided by any of the disciplines currently active in religious or theological studies (theology, bible, history, ethics, practical theology, religion and art, ethnic and cultural studies.)

DCHS is pleased to announce that Mark G. Toulouse, Emeritus Professor of American Religious History at Brite Divinity School, has agreed to be the General Editor of the “The Journal of Discipliana.” An Editorial Committee will serve alongside Toulouse to review and commission articles. Managing Editor is James L. McMillan, DCHS Archival Associate.

A Demon Under Every Rock — Not

but they are a part of the early Christian worldview. YMMV.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons…

4 Exorcism Psalms from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jesus and Psalm 91 in Light of the Exorcism Scrolls

Irenaeus: Against Heresies (Book III, Chapter 6)

The Book of Enoch tr. by R.H. Charles

Search Results for: demon at Mike Heiser’s

Paul’s New King of Kings and Lord of Lords Proclamation

Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building. The Lord said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down there and confuse their language so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” So from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city. Therefore its name is called Babylon, for there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.
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When Elyon gave the nations as an inheritance, when he separated the sons of man, he set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. For Yahweh’s portion was his people; Jacob was the lot of his inheritance.
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God stands in the assembly of gods; and in the midst of them will judge gods. How long will ye judge unrighteously, and accept the persons of sinners? Pause. Judge the orphan and poor: do justice to the low and needy. Rescue the needy, and deliver the poor out of the hand of the sinner. They know not, nor understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth shall be shaken. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you children of the Most High. But ye die as men, and fall as one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
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Sirs, why are you doing all this? We too are mortal men like yourselves; the whole burden of our preaching is that you must turn away from follies like this to the worship of the living God, who made sky and earth and sea and all that is in them. In the ages that are past, he has allowed Gentile folk everywhere to follow their own devices; yet even so he has not left us without some proof of what he is; it is his bounty that grants us rain from heaven, and the seasons which give birth to our crops, so that we have nourishment and comfort to our heart’s desire.
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Men of Athens, wherever I look I find you scrupulously religious. Why, in examining your monuments as I passed by them, I found among others an altar which bore the inscription, To the unknown God. And it is this unknown object of your devotion that I am revealing to you. The God who made the world and all that is in it, that God who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples that our hands have made; no human handicraft can do him service, as if he stood in need of anything, he, who gives to all of us life and breath and all we have. It is he who has made, of one single stock, all the nations that were to dwell over the whole face of the earth. And he has given to each the cycles it was to pass through and the fixed limits of its habitation, leaving them to search for God; would they somehow grope their way towards him? Would they find him? And yet, after all, he is not far from any one of us; it is in him that we live, and move, and have our being; thus, some of your own poets have told us, For indeed, we are his children. Why then, if we are the children of God, we must not imagine that the divine nature can be represented in gold, or silver, or stone, carved by man’s art and thought. God has shut his eyes to these passing follies of ours; now, he calls upon all men, everywhere, to repent, because he has fixed a day when he will pronounce just judgement on the whole world. And the man whom he has appointed for that end he has accredited to all of us, by raising him up from the dead.
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First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

World Convention Executive Director Position Opening

World Convention Executive Director Position Opening

World Convention is beginning the process of seeking an Executive Director. Under the direction and guidance of our multinational Board of Directors, the person in this position is responsible for the planning, organizing, staffing, funding, motivating, directing, and management of our ministry connecting the Stone-Campbell Movement worldwide and working toward the unity of all Christians. She or he would have access to the current Executive Director in the transition.

Candidates from all streams of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Disciple-Christian-Church of Christ) from any country are encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact Doug Foster, chair of the search committee at fosterd@acu.edu

Note: Global Gathering 2021, Warsaw, Poland https://vimeo.com/372367662

WorldConvention.org

Why are the *Nations* pissed?

Psalm 2 Related

Acts 4:23ff

http://dssenglishbible.com/psalms%202.htm

http://ecmarsh.com/lxx-kjv/psalms/psalm_002.htm

Isaiah 61 Related

4Q521 or the 4QMessianic Apocalypse is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls found in the Cave 4 near Qumran. From https://www.wikiwand.com/en/4Q521

The text:

[the hea]vens and the earth will listen to His Messiah [“anointed one”], and none therein will stray from the commandments of the holy ones.
Seekers of the Lord, strengthen yourselves in His service!
All you hopeful in (your) heart, will you not find the Lord in this?
For the Lord will consider the pious (hasidim) and call the righteous by name.
Over the poor His spirit will hover and will renew the faithful with His power.
And He will glorify the pious on the throne of the eternal Kingdom.
He who liberates the captives, restores sight to the blind, straightens the b[ent]
And f[or] ever I will cleav[ve to the h]opeful and in His mercy…
And the fr[uit…] will not be delayed for anyone.
And the Lord will accomplish glorious things which have never been as [He…]
For He will heal the wounded, and revive the dead and bring good news to the poor
…He will lead the uprooted and knowledge…and smoke (?)
— Michael O. Wise, translation[4]

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Wherein *Nations* should be understood within the Deuteronomy 32 LXX worldview / context.

Speaking of Reclamation – Shame Episode – Comments Placeholder

Hey, don’t know if you have had a chance to check out the latest livecast for Speaking of Reclamation, but here’s the link, Would love to get your feedback, and any suggestions for topics that you would like for us to cover. https://www.facebook.com/speakingofreclamation/videos/937228993308794/

Every human idealized image that is brought into the Christian community is a hindrance to genuine community and must be broken up so that genuine community can survive. Those who love their dream of a Christian community more than the Christian community itself become destroyers of that Christian community even though their personal intentions may be ever so honest, earnest, and sacrificial. God hates this wishful dreaming because it makes the dreamer proud and pretentious. Those who dream of this idealized community demand that it be fulfilled by God, by others, and by themselves. They enter the community of Christians with their demands, set up their own law, and judge one another and even God accordingly. They stand adamant, a living reproach to all others in the circle of the community. They act as if they have to create the Christian community, as if [it is] their visionary ideal [that] binds people together. Whatever does not go their way, they call a failure. When their idealized image is shattered, they see the community breaking into pieces. So they first become accusers of other Christians in the community, then accusers of God, and finally the desperate accusers of themselves. Because God has laid the only foundation of our community, because God has united us in one body with other Christians in Jesus Christ long before we entered into common life with them, we enter into that life together with other Christians, not as those who make demands, but as those who thankfully receive. We do not complain about what God does not give us; rather we are thankful for what God does give us daily. Like the Christian’s sanctification, Christian community is a gift of God to which we have no claim. Only God knows the real condition of either our community or our sanctification. Just as Christians should not be constantly feeling the pulse of their spiritual life, so too the Christian community has not been given to us by God for us to be continually taking its temperature. Let no complaints against our fellow Christians exist without first much more prayer and introspection under Jesus Christ.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together & Prayerbook of the Bible, pg 36, 38, par.

Power Dynamics – Dr. Peter L. Steinke [Various videos]
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=peter+l.+steinke+playlist

Crushing of the outer man to release the Holy Spirit – Watchman Nee writings

Carroll Ellis Symposium — America’s Greatest Revival: Cane Ridge Reconsidered

Description Link:
https://www.lipscomb.edu/events/carroll-ellis-symposium
Audio Files:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hgKFTU7zaG5P8gQPZpyX0pQErnDhz26K

“…a fast-moving look at the greatest revival in American history and an event central to the DNA of Churches of Christ. Four eminent restoration scholars are coming together to present nine 18-minute messages spotlighting the roots and great themes behind this remarkable moment in American history.”

Speakers:

Leonard Allen, Lipscomb College of Bible & Ministry Dean
John Mark Hicks, Lipscomb Professor of Bible
Richard Hughes, Lipscomb Scholar-in-Residence
James Gorman, Associate Professor of History at Johnson University

Presentations:

The Second Great Awakening (Gorman)
Barton Stone: His Role in the Revival (Hughes)
Cane Ridge: What Really Happened There? (Gorman)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Communion Festival (Hicks)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Racial Diversity and Slavery (Hughes)
Exploring Cane Ridge: Women as Exhorters (Gorman)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Was Cane Ridge America’s Pentecost? (Allen)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Revivalism, Spirit, and Unity (Hicks)
Reconsidering Cane Ridge: Loss of Trajectory in Restoration Movement (Allen)

Of related interest:

Presented March 9, 2013, Riverside Avenue Christian Church (DOC), Jacksonville, FL
Dr. Scott Seay, Associate Professor of the History of Global Christianity, Christian Theological Seminary
Managing Editor, Stone-Campbell World History Project | Pastor, Brown County (IN) Presbyterian Fellowship
Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Lecture: Stone-Campbell Missions and the Emergence of Early Global Pentecostalism

Edward J. Robinson: Fighting for the pure gospel

Stone-Campbell: Recommended resources

Mission Journal Oral History Interview by Greg McKinzie

Abstract

Greg McKinzie conducted an interview-style session at the 2017 Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN, dedicated to recording the stories of Dwain Evans, Vic Hunter, and Richard Hughes in the production of Mission Journal. Participants reflected on the motivations, hardships, and successes of publishing thoughtful, courageous content during a tumultuous time for the country and for Churches of Christ. What were the personal costs? How did the journal evolve and why? What would they do differently if they had it to do over? And what is the legacy of Mission for today?

Recommended Citation

McKinzie, Greg (2017) “Mission Journal Oral History Interview,” Mission: Vol. 0 : Iss. 0 , Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/missionjournal/vol0/iss0/1

Amy Jimenez: The Impact of the Pentecostalism on the Stone Campbell Movement and on the Understanding of the Holy Spirit within Churches of Christ

James W. Garrett: The Role of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament Church
A survey of New Testament references to the Holy Spirit with a view toward understanding His ongoing role in the Church and the lives of individual believers

How to Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit

Prophethood of All Believers

Restorer of Gospel Evangelism | Walter Scott Logically Comes First in a Series on ‘Great Evangelists of the Restoration Movement’ By Enos E. Dowling January 27, 1945

World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018

Reposted from ChristiaNet September, 2018 Issue 175

What does “global communing” bring to your mind? A long distance phone conversation between friends in Adelaide, South Australia and Nashville, Tennessee? A table at a 1955 luncheon in Toronto, Canada where women are creating a unique fellowship? Our sisters, strong in faith and ability building homes for families in Mexico or South Africa? Maybe you imagine the smile of women finally leaving the brothel in India on the arms of their mentors and friends. Or a lunch after Sunday worship with folk new to your community.

October 7, 2018 is World Communion Sunday, a celebration that encourages Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. One might describe it as a faith community building event. World Convention founder, Jesse Bader, promoted World Communion Sunday among the Stone-Campbell family as early as 1940, and the tradition continues today.

How do we build God’s community?

James 2:8-9 says the conduct of the faithful should be unbiased. “You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.” But if you play up to so-called important people, you go against the Rule and stand convicted by it.” Then James asks pointedly in verse 17, “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” (The Message)

Whether individually or with a group, you are invited to dialogue with other ChristiaNet readers through your stories, ideas and pictures where active faith is building God’s community. We’d love to share the ways you and yours share the hospitality of Jesus’ open table in your part of the world. Not just on October 7, but throughout the year. Not just in your church, but in your neighborhood, your city or town, the country you call home.

Here’s how. Tag your “faith-in-action” posts and photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, etc. with #ChristiaNetCommunity. Search for #ChristiaNetCommunity entries in your browser or social media platform to see one another’s offerings. Together let’s expand our knowing of God at work around the world.

Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove. May God be ever present in this experience of our global communing!

Julia Keith