Winter 2005 Rapport: Thoughts from the Prez
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Mars Hill and Moorhead, Minnesota
the AGTS world prayer center, we have the honor to house an historic
pulpit. It came from the Swedish Free Mission in Moorhead, Minn.,
where the Pentecostal message was preached even before the Azusa
Street revival. A small piece of paper, barely visible, is taped
to the inside of the pulpit. Its content reads, “Friend,
let us bow our head and knees to Him that has the power over
our life and Seasons.” I am struck by the challenge, given
to every preacher who spoke from this pulpit.
There is a striking correlation between this challenge and Paul’s
words in his famous Mars Hill sermon: “The God who made
the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth
and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served
by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself
gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts
17:24, 25, NIV).
Paul was interacting with people whose spirituality allowed
humans to fashion gods. They even had created statues to gods
of which they were unaware. Paul simply said that the God who
counts cannot be fashioned with hands and is not limited to the
human ability to conceive of him.
The people of Athens had the same tendency we in the technology
rich twenty-first century have—to reduce life to what can
be observed and manipulated concretely. The more human resources
we have at our disposal, the greater the likelihood we will deceive
ourselves into believing we have power over life and the seasons.
If we hope to offer a transforming breath of fresh air to our
communities and our world, it will come from the God who is “not
served by humans as if he needed anything, because he himself
gives all men life and breath and everything else.” Paul
knew this when he preached at Mars Hill; so did the folks in
Moorhead, Minn. I think it’s worth our consideration in
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Tuesday, January 18, 2005 9:06 AM