I have started three blog posts about the extended meetings that we have been enjoying at IHOP-KC. All three posts tried to explain the whole concept of Holy Spirit oriented meetings, healings, manifestations, etc., to the uninitiated. All three posts turned out very wordy and excessively boring.
With the understanding that this will not be the final word from me on these happenings, I’ve decided to just do a stream of consciousness post and saving the homeletics, hermanuetics and apologetics for a later date. The days without this sort of activity of the Spirit will leave us plenty of time for all three….but tonight, dog tired and a heart full of love, this is all I have for you.
I love that God is using Wes Hall in such a significant way in these meetings. I know Wes to be of the highest character, committed to scholarship and without a bend toward hype. When Wes can’t finish a sentence because he keeps errupting in laughter, I don’t wonder “Is this God?” God, thanks for making it easy for us. This is you…because that’s not Wes. 🙂
It’s nice to see extended meetings in a place with multiple quality worship leaders. It takes away a bit of the cult of personality that often surrounds these sorts of things.
If the meetings continue, at some point we’re going to need to figure out parking and seating. The closest thing that I’ve ever been around that had this sort of energy on it was the Brownsville Revival. Their auditorium was not much bigger than ours, but they had numerous other buildings (and were able to buy parking areas near their building) that allowed them to host 5,000 people or more each night. I don’t know how that could happen on our current location. I also know there are probably smarter people than me thinking about this already and I’m glad they are.
Baptisms are going to be core. There was so much joy in the room tonight to see people take this faith step. And Hal Lindhart does the most theologically astute baptisms ever. One should get their own M.Div when they come up out of the water.
Can we just raise our hands and shout one collective ‘Shundai!’ for the tech people who, on a few hours notice, have been able to webstream this whole thing with such high quality? Where else on earth could you tell the crew “we’re going to do broadcast a six hour event live, every day, for…..a while” and not have to hire people the next day? You can watch the webstream from 6pm to Midnight central time at www.ihop.org.
I like that we’ve been careful not to term this a revival. I don’t know that we know exactly what a true one looks like…’awakening’ sounds more accurate to me anyway. Early on I had bad dreams about someone printing t-shirts with the words “The IHOP Outpouring” or “The Great Fiddler Revival”. Let us not go there.
So…that’s all I have to say right now. If I didn’t answer your questions, put them in the comment section and I’ll try to in coming days. Meanwhile, I’m going back to the webstream. I left the actual meeting about two hours ago but can’t drag myself away from the screen.
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