By Robert T. Henderson
Modern pastors are in obstacle, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces attaining epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson continues that there's a realm of non secular forces which pulls congregations towards loss of life. His answer is to energise pastors with a biblical knowing of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They develop into "a door of hope.".
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Extra resources for A Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry
Our congregations exist in the battlefield of the ages, on contested ground, driven by the fallenness of the old age and by the new set of redemptive principles rooted in the coming of Jesus Christ, the dawning age. 7 No congregation is completely Valley of Achor or Door of Hope.
The words remind us that there are tenured church members who are captive to darkness. Still, I was convinced at the time that the grande dame's attack must be an aberration, an unusual case of a neurotic zealot. My illusion was scratched but still basically intact. My ordination followed. I moved into our denomination's campus ministry at a large land-grant university in the mid fifties. Those where halcyon days of exciting interaction with the lively and inquiring minds of student visionaries.
She challenged my sermons on kingdom integrity, including my teaching that there was no place for racial discrimination in the family of God. Bible in hand, I paid her a visit. After the customary pleasantries, we got to the subject. " Lamely she assured me she "loved" them, but they had churches of their own, which was where they belonged. I said it would be difficult for people to convince me that they really loved me if they didn't want me in their houses. "I don't care what the Bible says. I don't want those [unprintable] people in my church," she bitterly and loudly proclaimed.
A Door of Hope: Spiritual Conflict in Pastoral Ministry by Robert T. Henderson