Vishal Mangalwadi

17 05 2012

Seeing the world through Indian eyes. That’s what I have been doing a bit lately. And it is a very stirring, thought-provoking exercise.

I have been reading a book by Vishal Mangalwadi, entitled: The Book That Made Your World. It is a great book!

A great read!

It is subtitled: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization

The subtitle could be misleading. This is not just a ‘three cheers for the Bible’ kind of book. Nor is it going to simply bolster the views of the hard-line fundamentalist, as the title may suggest.  Rather, these are the words of a man who has come into the rich flow of wisdom, and truth.  Indeed, he puts much emphasis upon the importance of “truth”. He has come to see in a very profound way how the wonderful benefits experienced by countries like Australia, America, England, Canada, Germany, France, and Scotland—to name a few, have flowed from a Bible-given understanding of the world, its purpose, of humanity and of its hope, and of God and his character as revealed in Jesus Christ.

This is a book for the benefit not only of individuals, but for musicians, for those who are troubled by the death of rock legends, like Kurt Cobain, or the enduring love of Johann Sebastian Bach.

It is a book for readers of history, ponderers of culture, and leaders of Nations. It is a rewarding read for those interested in why many nations have not succeeded. Why has poverty engulfed so many nations?

Mangalwadi addresses questions like:

  • ‘Rationality: What made the West a Thinking Civilization?’.
  • ‘Technology: Why Did Monks Develop It?’
  • ‘Languages: How Was Intellectual Power Democratized?’
  • ‘Caring: Why Did Caring Become Medical Commitment?’
  • ‘The Future: Must the Sun Set on the West?’

I first heard Vishal Mangalwadi address a modest sized crowd of listeners in Adelaide, in October, 2011. I would like to have heard more from him. I would like more people to have been able to be there to hear him.

There are some You-Tube links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nHV3j8InRQ

But I suggest you purchase the book, and have a read for yourself.  I certainly have benefited from such an enjoyable read, and from a man who does evidently have a very keen intellect.  And not only that, he does stack of original research – to find out if what he is being told is true. What a good idea.

He also wrote :

  • The World of Gurus
  • In Search of Self: Beyond the New Age
  • Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto For Ailing Nations
  • Legacy of William Carey: A Model for Transforming Culture
  • Missionary Conspiracy: Letters to a Postmodern Hindu
  • India: The Grand Experiment
  • Quest For Freedom and Dignity: Caste, Conversion and Cultural Transformation
  • Astrology

For further resources: http://www.revelationmovement.com/

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The Meta-Narrative AD

14 05 2012
The Word Became Flesh
  • 4 BC John the Baptiser (The Greatest of all the Prophets)

Magi from the East...

  • Incarnation: Birth of Jesus of Nazareth, Life, Ministry
  • 30 AD Death of Jesus
  • 30 AD Resurrection of Jesus
  • 30 AD Ascension of Jesus and Current Reign
  • Pentecostal Spirit
  • Acts of the Apostles: Peter, James, John, Paul, Others
  • ‘The Spreading Flame’: Christian Faith and Community
  • Growing Opposition: Nero, Rome
Turning Points: “2000 Years of Christ’s Power”  (M. Noll, N. Needham)
  • 70 AD   The Destruction of Temple (Jerusalem)
  • 100, 200, 300: Expansion, Persecution, Emperors, Theologians
  • 325    Nicene Creed
  • 481    Chalcedon and Heresies
  • 530    Benedict and Monasteries

Luther, the Augustinian Monk - History Maker

  • 600    Gospel in China (Nestorians and Others)
  • 630    Muhammad Conquers Mecca with (sword not Word)
  • 800   Charlemagne Crowned on Christmas Day, …“by the Pope”
  • 1054  East and West Divide
  • 1095 The Crusades begin
  • 1382 John Wycliffe’s English Bible completed
  • 1521  Reformation: Luther (& later …Calvin)
  • 1534  England – Henry VIII
  • 1540 Counter-Reform, Loyola
  • 1738 Revivals: Wesley, Whitfield, Edwards
  • 1789 French Revolution
  • 1793 William Carey to India
  • 1807 Robert Morrison to China
  • 1854 David Livingstone to Africa
  • 1904 Revival in Wales
  • 1906 Azusa Street, LA, Pentecostals
  • 1907 Pyongyang, (North) Korea, Revival began
  • 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference
  • 1914-18 World War One  (P.T. Forsyth – “think in centuries”)
  • 1922 Karl Barth on Romans; and 1934 Barmen Declaration
  • 1929 Totoyohiko Kagawa, Indigenous Missionary in Japan
  • 1939 World War Two: Suffering and Nations
  • 1945 New Beginning, Service in Love (G. C. Bingham)
  • 1962 Second Vatican Council
  • 1966 Pray for China (cf. Mao’s Cultural Revolution
  • 1979 Aboriginal Australia Revival From Elcho Island
  • 1989 Fall of Berlin Wall: ‘The Twilight of Atheism’ (A. McGrath)
  • 2001 New York Twin Towers: Faith, NOT Religion
  • 2004 Tsunami Indian Ocean and Theodicy
  • 2012 Attempt to redefine Marriage (US Obama)
  • … New things
  • … More new things
  • … The Eschaton
  • Date Not Known: ‘Behold I make all things new’ [the ‘old things’ transformed into the ‘new’]
  • The Age to Come – Eternity – Glorification of All Things




Absent Fathers

24 04 2010

What has happened to that once great nation, Britain? On a long flight home to Australia, I had opportunity to watch 2 movies:

(1) Into the Storm, starring Brendan Gleeson, as British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. The film highlighted Churchill’s bold, tough, lonely leadership, and his genuine desire to serve his nation, against Hitler’s madness, even at the cost of precious life—for the benefit of the world. For his nation, Churchill exercise fatherly leadership. Strength was not absent.

(2) Harry Brown, starring Michael Caine as a self-appointed vigilante, Harry Brown, a former Marine! The film was in itself, social commentary upon the moral bankruptcy, corruption, lawlessness, and cowardice of British street gangs. And it highlighted the need today, for the exercise of strong leadership, for the rediscovery of moral courage, on a national-scale. The need for vigilante movements, is a bad sign for any community; it arises from inadequate leadership.

The two movies seemed to sit in stark juxtaposition. Stark.

(1) Comment regarding Into the Storm: Fearing many casualties, Winston Churchill during WW2, on June 4th, 1940 said publicly:

“… I have, myself, full confidence that if all do their duty, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, as they are being made, we shall prove ourselves once again able to defend our Island home, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the menace of tyranny, if necessary for years, if necessary alone. At any rate, that is what we are going to try to do. That is the resolve of His Majesty’s Government-every man of them. That is the will of Parliament and the nation. The British Empire and the French Republic, linked together in their cause and in their need, will defend to the death their native soil, aiding each other like good comrades to the utmost of their strength. Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

(2) Regarding Harry Brown, the actor Michael Caine, reflected on the story saying that he learned from the film of a wasted generation in the 2000’s in Britain. Considering the social scene in Britain, today, (some 60 years since Churchill’s great speeches and leadership), Caine said:

the “irresponsibility” of absent fathers, was “the start of all of this”. “Sadly the state cannot provide fathers,” he concluded.

SUMMARY:
Sometimes things come to us, and leave us with an impression, which is difficult to fully articulate. Yes, Britain and all other nations need quality leadership. Lawlessness is always a disgraceful situation. However, mere heroics in not the answer, or way forward. What is most needed is genuine hope—and the desire to make a significant contribution. This together with fear of ultimate judgment, needs to be recovered in Britain, and other nations.

THE NEW LEADER: neither stubborn, not mere invader of personality!
In Jesus Christ, the Early Church saw that the world had a new ascended leader—for eternity. That is why they so often quoted Psalm 2, and Psalm 110. I think the Risen Jesus pointed them to these two Psalms, prior to his ascension, and prior to Pentecost, for they are both quoted over 20 times in the New Testament.
Psalm 110:1 The LORD says to my lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

Psalm 2:1 asks, Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?

Psalm 2 continues on: 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision. 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”

7 ¶ I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you.8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 10 ¶ Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling 12 kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Britain once based their approach to society, upon Christ’s active, present-leadership. Let us come under this gracious Lordship of Jesus, of the truth, and begin to expect greater things from our society and community. Pray that ‘absent fathers’ will come to know The Father, through his son. Pray that schemers and users, will come to behave as true sons, trusting the Father, for the whole future. Pray that many will respond to the gospel!! And so find true courage, in this man, patience, graciousness, and perfect timing in ordering the world.





Long Orbits

26 03 2009

A long orbit is a mysterious and captivating course to contemplate. It is called an elliptical orbit.

Something technical, first:

“The Sun isn’t quite at the center of a planet’s elliptical orbit. An ellipse has a point a little bit away from the center called the “focus”. The Sun is at the focus of the ellipse. Because the Sun is at the focus, not the center, of the ellipse, the planet moves closer to and further away from the Sun every orbit. The close point in each orbit is called perihelion. The far away point is called aphelion”

orbits
 
Now….It appears that England, is rapidly losing the precious freedoms, which are the fruit of centuries of Christian faith, and a Christian-based parliament. Certainly this ‘loss’ is a judgment, upon a nation, for whom the gospel has done so much.

There is a rapidly increasing amount of “anti-Christian bigotry” occurring in England (as Bill Muehlenberg calls it).  See: Bill Muehlenberg

Q. Why, then, does God not act, for the nation, to turn this sad state of affairs around?
A. It is good to understand that the Living God, moves in long orbits. As that wise man, P. T. Forsyth put it:

“The non-intervention of God bears very heavy interest, and He is greatly to be feared when He does nothing. He moves in long orbits, out of sight and sound. But He always arrives. Nothing can arrest the judgment of the Cross, nothing shake the judgment-seat of Christ” (in The Justification of God).

Idols can not help. False god’s are in themselves, judgments. May the Lord, “arrive”, yet again, in English soil.








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