Jason Harris Articles 811
Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moments ago I saw the news of an American megachurch pastor, Andrew Stoecklein, who took his own life after a battle with depression and anxiety. Almost immediately the commentary on facebook began. As a pastor who battles mental health struggles, I feel compelled to insert a few thoughts into the discussion. But first, my heart goes out to Andrew's family. This is a world-shattering moment for them. I pray that God will give them comfort and hope in the middle of this terrible and painful time. Here are the three things I want to say to the rest of us in this moment: 1) Discouragement is not depression. Don't trivialise Andrew's story by confusing depression with discouragement. It is quite common in moments like this—and I've already seen it today—for people to start talking about how ha... Read more
Phil Johnson recently began stirring the pot on the non-neutrality of same-sex attraction (SSA). You can read it here and here. It's the sort of cantankerous monologue you'd expect from a hard-line fundamentalist like Phil. But he's finally provoked me enough to get me writing. So that's something. First, let's clarify that this isn't about the conference that got Phil so wound up. I have no comment to make about that conference since I know almost nothing about it and it's not the point. The point is that Phil has taken it as an opportunity to address what he sees as the "underlying theory." And I think he's right. The legitimacy of SSA is the underlying issue. It seems Phil has only recently come to realise that this is the mainstream evangelical position. I suspect this is evidence that... Read more
An old friend recently asked my thoughts on the local church and it occurred to me that I'm odd. If anyone should hate the local church, it's me. I grew up in an extreme wing of Christian Fundamentalism. My childhood pastor—my Dad—is currently in prison. My world is full of casualties of the unspeakable evils that occurred, not just in the church, but because of the church. And I can honestly say that the greatest challenge to my faith has come directly from the evils I've experienced in local churches. And here I am: A church-planting pastor. And I love the local church. I really, honestly love it. How is that possible? And why do I still believe in the local church? For those who don't believe in the local church First, I have to say that for those who don't believe in and love the local... Read more
Independent Baptist (IB) Kevin Harris recently came under public scrutiny in Australia for his dangerous views on rape and child abuse. The responses from IB leaders have varied from enthusiastically rallying around him to reticent disapproval. One of the key arguments that I've heard many times over the last two weeks is the notion that IBs are independent, and therefore not obligated to take any sort of stand against this evil. But few, if any, outside the IB movement itself are buying that. And for good reason. It's simply not credible. The 60 Minutes programme (Part 1, Part 2) The Files Extra Minutes (more of Kevin, women in the movement, how to help the abused), (access outside Australia: 1, 2, 3) Consider the old duck test. If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like... Read more
At 9.25pm on Thursday evening, Charlie Haddad, pastor of Grace Bible Baptist Church (an IB church) put a statement "by Kevin Harris" up on his facebook wall. You can read Kevin's statement here. It's odd to me that the statement has been released in this way. I would have expected it to be put up on the Illawarra Community Baptist Church website. Or released to the press. Instead, a buddy in the movement puts it on facebook. I get the sense that this is not a statement for Australia, but a statement for the insiders. The IBs. You know, the ones who don't act like a cult at all... My response to Charlie's statement First, I unequivocally condemn any hint of violence against Kevin or anyone else. Such violence would itself be evil, criminal, and reprehensible. That is not how we handle disag... Read more