Friday, September 30, 2011

Summary of posts for August / September

Here is a summary from my blog of the posts for August and September.

As you will see the main theme is publishing chapters from my forthcoming book "Turning the World Upside Down - lessons from the Primitive Methodist movement".

I am also in the process of getting details of a theatre production about Primitive Methodism called "The Burning Mountain" performed by the Victoria Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent some years ago. The theatre archivist has been very helpful and the good news is that there’s a vast amount of reference material. The challenge will be to select the best from the good.




    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Four obstacles to transformation (4)

    The Barna Group surveys religious belief and opinions in an American context. George Barna has identified four significant obstacles to spiritual transformation for self-identified Christians in the United States.
    The obstacles to transformation are

    1. Commitment

    2. Repentance

    3. Activity

    4. Spiritual Community

    Obstacle 4: Spiritual Community

    • Most feel comfortable and connected within their church

    • However, there is not much vulnerability and accountability occurring within the context of those connections.

    • Many do not take their faith community seriously, as a place to which they should be open and held to biblical principles.

    • Only one out of every five believes that spiritual maturity requires a vital connection to a community of faith.

    • Only one-third claim to have confessed their sins verbally to another believer at some point during the past quarter


    Related links

    1. Self-Described Christians Dominate America but Wrestle with Four Aspects of Spiritual Depth

    2. Obstacles to spiritual transformation - commitment

    3. Obstacles to spiritual transformation - repentance

    4. Obstacles to spiritual transformation - activity

    5. A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person's Life

    6. Six trends emerging for 2011

    7. Are we becoming Biblically illiterate?

    8. How do we keep our spiritual fervour?

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011

    Four obstacles to transformation (3)

    The Barna Group surveys religious belief and opinions in an American context. George Barna has identified four significant obstacles to spiritual transformation for self-identified Christians in the United States.

    The obstacles to transformation are

    1. Commitment

    2. Repentance

    3. Activity

    4. Spiritual Community

    Obstacle 3: Activity



    • Tens of millions have confused religious activity with spiritual significance and depth


    • Four out of ten have participated in a combination of three “normal” religious activities in the past week (i.e., attending church services, praying, reading the Bible).


    • Far fewer have engaged in deeper faith expressions:




      • less than one out of ten have talked about their faith with a non-Christian


      • fasted for religious purposes


      • had an extended time of spiritual reflection during the past week


      • spiritual disciplines – including solitude, sacrifice, acts of service, silence, and scriptural meditation – are infrequently practiced


    Next obstacle: Community

    Related links

    1. Self-Described Christians Dominate America but Wrestle with Four Aspects of Spiritual Depth

    2. Obstacles to spiritual transformation - commitment

    3. Obstacles to spiritual transformation - repentance

    4. A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person's Life

    5. Six trends emerging for 2011

    6. Are we becoming Biblically illiterate?

    7. How do we keep our spiritual fervour?

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Four obstacles to transformation (2)

    The Barna Group surveys religious belief and opinions in an American context. George Barna has identified four significant obstacles to spiritual transformation for self-identified Christians in the United States.

    The obstacles to transformation are




    • Commitment

    • Repentance

    • Activity

    • Spiritual Community

    Obstacle 2: Repentance


    • Most (64%) state that they have confessed their sins to God and asked for His forgiveness

    • Evidence is quite clear that relatively few are serious about abandoning the lure of sin and handing total control of their life to God

    • Research found that only one out of every eight (12%) admitted that recognizing and grasping the significance of their sins had been so personally devastating that it caused them to crash emotionally

    • Only about 3% have come to the final stops on the transformational journey – devoting themselves to loving and serving God and other people


    Next obstacle: Activity

    Related links

    1. Self-Described Christians Dominate America but Wrestle with Four Aspects of Spiritual Depth

    2. Obstacles to spiritual transformation - commitment

    3. A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person's Life

    4. Six trends emerging for 2011

    5. Are we becoming Biblically illiterate?

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Four obstacles to transformation

    The Barna Group surveys religious belief and opinions in an American context. George Barna has identified four significant obstacles to spiritual transformation for self-identified Christians in the United States. The obstacles to transformation are


    • Commitment

    • Repentance

    • Activity

    • Spiritual Community

    Obstacle 1: Commitment


    • Most say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today

    • More than three out of four strongly agreed that spirituality is very important to them

    • Less than one out of every five claims to be totally committed to investing in their own spiritual development

    • About one in five claims to be “completely dependent upon God.”

    • A majority (52%) believe that there is much more to the Christian life than what they have experienced

    Related links

    1. Self-Described Christians Dominate America but Wrestle with Four Aspects of Spiritual Depth

    2. A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person's Life

    3. Six trends emerging for 2011

    4. Are we becoming Biblically illiterate?