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Friday, July 03, 2015

Biblical apocalyptic theology in full flower at Mother Emanuel

The "Norman Rockwell" photo (see the immediately preceding post in this Tips department) of the little girl and the imposing usher in the white gloves is now being seen around the world, but the little girl's family is well known among "church planters," of which there are a great many here in New York. Skylar's father is a prominent church planter, head of Infinity Church in the Bronx (if you are concerned that Christianity is dying in the Northeast, take a look at Pastor Dimas' Salaberrios' website).

There are several posts in my Ruminations feature which discuss the growth of an apocalyptic theological trend in New Testament studies. This Washington Post article about Pastor Dimas and his wife Tiffany (warrior woman) clearly discloses the apocalyptic scenario at work, for those who have eyes to see:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/26/what-the-charleston-shootings-looked-like-through-the-eyes-of-a-4-year-old-girl-from-the-bronx/

The apocalyptic vision of the New Testament may not be recognized here by its academic appellation, but it is powerfully alive in Charleston as the church of the Lord Christ advances in the armor of God to confront the principalities and powers on the ground, in the trenches, at the frontier of the battle against the Enemy of God's purposes. "For not with swords' loud clashing, /nor roll of stirring drums,/  but deeds of love and mercy/ the heavenly kingdom comes."

And a little child shall lead them.