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Lionel B. Fletcher

Lionel B. Fletcher

I was looking into the life of Australian evangelist Lionel B. Fletcher this afternoon and was amazed to discover that there was no Wikipedia entry for him. I then spent a considerable portion of said afternoon setting that right! I first "met" Fletcher at Bible college when we were assigned to write a review of a Christian biography. My lecturer, David Hill, singled me out and assigned me to read Fletcher's Mighty Moments (his autobiography). I'm glad that he did. I'm currently reading through another of Fletcher's books, Effective Evangelism and plan to read Malcolm's biography of Fletcher, Twelve Hours in a Day, soon. In the process of writing Fletcher's Wikipedia entry, I came across this stunning piece of information. According to Charles Malcolm, Fletcher's biographer, there were—con ...

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The Victim’s Acknowledgement

The Victim’s Acknowledgement

A lady tells her pastor's wife Lauren, “I wish I could talk to you about problems that I'm having in my marriage but I don't think you'd understand. Your marriage is so perfect and your husband is so gentle.” Lauren says something about how the Bible has all the answers. However . . . deep in her subconscious, something made Lauren feel like screaming, but she squelched it with, “Every marriage has some problems”. Horrifyingly, the hidden facts about Lauren's “perfect marriage” is that her pastor-husband intimidates, belittles, insults and orders her around just to control her and test her submission. He uses physical restraining, pushing, following her, locking her in the same room for hours while he rants on accusing her of false motives and actions, rapes her and even threatens her with ...

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So what about separation?

So what about separation?

So I've spent the week at Oxygen 2014 sitting under, and publicly engaging, the preaching of men like Don Carson, Francis Chan, John Lennox, Paul Tripp, and Bryan Chapell. But what about separation? What about contending for the faith? Doesn't the fact that some of these men hold to very different theology and some of them have hung out with guys who are really wrong on some stuff matter? How can I, in good conscience, attend, report, rejoice in, and even—I suppose—endorse these guys? These are the sorts of questions most people here at the conference wouldn't even think to ask. But which our readership might be more inclined to consider. And it is because I believe the motive of the question is good that I want to address it briefly here. First, I want to affirm the biblical doctrine of s ...

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Australia’s premiere evangelical event?

Australia’s premiere evangelical event?

KCC's Oxygen is becoming, it seems to me, Australia's premiere evangelical event. This week 1,500+ Christian leaders have gathered in Sydney to rally around the gospel of Jesus Christ. The dominant majority of the preaching and teaching has been contentful, theologically sound, gospel-saturated, and passionately felt. If you're looking for a place to develop a network of gospel-driven, theologically-inclined, evangelistically-impassioned followers of Jesus the Christ, this is an event you should seriously consider attending when it is held again in a few years time. KCC has managed, somehow, to strike a balance between the floozy ChristianityTM that offers a contentless gush of niceness masquerading as the Christian faith and the Fundamentalist fight-fest that contends for a gospel it no l ...

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Some thoughts on Oxygen so far

Some thoughts on Oxygen so far

Here are some observations from my time here at Oxygen 2014 so far. Concerns First, there is a danger that, in trying to bring people together from a broad spectrum of Christian circles, we can so dilute the content of our combined fellowship as to make it tepid. For instance, the most beneficial plenary session so far, from my perspective, has been John Lennox's apologetic discussion. Not because it was necessarily exceptional in it's content, but because it addressed a difficult debate head-on and spoke decisively to that debate. That is what a Christian leaders conference is best suited to do. Second, in assigning generic topics to the world-class line-up of speakers at Oxygen, it seems to me that the plenary sessions have been turned fairly generic. They seem to address neither the pre ...

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