Control Freaks Celebrate!
September 7, 2008, 9:08 am
Filed under: books, Christendom, missiology

I was reading some juicy bits from Roland Allen’s genius work from nearly a hundred years ago.  He’s got the control freaks of Christendom pegged in a big way.  Sadly, we’ve not made much progress.

Speaking of spontaneous movements of people choosing to follow Jesus, he writes:

By spontaneous expansion I mean something which we cannot control. And if we cannot control it, we ought, as I think, to rejoice that we cannot control it. For if we cannot control it, it is because it is too great not because it is too small for us. The great things of God are beyond our control. Therein lies a vast hope.

From The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes Which Hinder It.  Available as a web page here.


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Roland was a genius and a prophet. Thanks for reminding us about his work. For what it’s worth, he was vilified by his contemporaries.

Comment by Jack Allen

Yeah, Jack, which makes me feel a lot better about some of our contemporary prophets that are being vilified . . .

By the way, if I had your last name, I’d go around EVERYWHERE telling people about my Uncle Roland, whether there was a family relation or not.

Comment by steve lewis

This book is in my “read soon” list. Unfortunately, I have about 6 months worth of books on that list.

Comment by John Chandler

“contemporary prophets”

Steve, I’d be interested in who you would put in this category…

Comment by Jeremy

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