Instapost: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Here’s a new thing I’m doing: Instaposts. Basically like a Twitter entry, but with a tad more than 140 characters.  Now that life is incredibly busy, I’ll do this to share links and other stuff.

Seeing that it’s Saint Patrick’s day today, I’m sure many of you may have questions about Saint Patrick’s day.  I don’t know of many good resources online that give a Christian perspective on Saint Patrick, so I’d like to send my readers to The Story of Saint Patrick over on The Art of the Christian Ninja/Carnivore Theology.  It’s a good summary and explanation of the life and ministry of Saint Patrick, and points to the absolute insanity of how we remember and celebrate a man’s amazing missionary career.

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Yup.  Insanity.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “518” Unger

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4 thoughts on “Instapost: Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  1. What are your thoughts on the Alpha Program for Youth? I know his question has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s day but I can’t find anywhere else to ask it. Is there a generic questions spot on this website?

    • Thanks for the question Debbie.

      I don’t have a general question asking place for this site, so it’s fine to ask on a post.

      I’m not a fan of the Alpha Course in general. I was involved in writing a critique of it, around a decade ago, for a national denomination up here.

      My research is fuzzy on it but I remember three things that were troublesome from that research:

      a. The Alpha Course was designed by Nicky Gumble, and he’s a fairly aggressive charismatic. The course has a series of tapes that culminate in a “Holy Spirit Weekend” where the goal is to get someone to speak in tongues (for the purpose of having assurance of faith). That’s problematic on multiple levels…

      b. Most churches change the program and don’t do the tape on the Holy Spirit or the “Holy Spirit Weekend”. They know it sounds questionable (to put it mildly) and edit the course content as they see fit.

      c. The Alpha Course officially doesn’t give permission for anyone to edit their course curriculum and expressly considers editing a breach of copyright.

      When the denomination I was evaluating the course for contacted Alpha and asked their permission to edit or remove content about the Holy Spirit & tongues, the response was a definitive “no” with some rather hard words about stealing their product and misrepresenting it to the public via editing and selective use of materials.

      So, as far as I know, if your church uses it and teaches the whole thing, they’re teaching an errant view of the Holy Spirit.

      If they edit it, they’re breaking the law (unless those rules have changed in the last decade).

      That’s all I’ve got.

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