Kairos Focus Discussion Forum
The Kairos Initiative
discussed in this web site seeks to help build a new generation of godly
leaders for the Caribbean, able and ready to lead us through the crises
ahead to a new era of godly reformation, sound and sustainable development,
under the blessing of God.
Dialogue is a vital
part of such an ongoing process of reformation.
We therefore invite
serious discussion, or questions and comments, through interaction with
this site, and the associated web
log and the eGroup.
Also, feel free to
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Points for Dialogue
invite your inputs on the following vital concerns for the church and
wider community in and beyond the Caribbean:
- Strategic perspectives
on the past and present situation in our region, towards sound decisions
and directions in the future. Thus, under God, the Caribbean may find
a path to truly sustainable, God-blessed development.
- Renewal of the
Caribbean Church’s vision and focus, through the fullness of Christ
vision of Ephesians 4:9 – 24. For, Christ came, descending and ascending,
in order to fill – thus transform and bless – all things.
- Support for training
and equipping disciples; linked to the onward development of a David
Generation of breakthrough leaders, who, under God, will overcome Goliaths
and help the people of the region move on beyond tragically failed leadership.
- Helping the Caribbean
church rise to the global missionary challenge of Eph 1:22 – 23, and
2:8 - 10: “the church . . . is [Christ’s] body, the fullness of him
who fills everything in every way . . . . we are God’s workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance
for us to do.”
- Responding to
the secularist, neopagan and/or islamist global agendas as they impact
the Caribbean and the wider world. (You may wish to first look at the
Issues and News and Views pages above, or the Apologetics Primer and
Mars Hill Strategy downloads as an aid to addressing this aspect of
few Rules of the Road
While we are interested
in dialogue, it is important for us to set some basic ground-rules to
guide the dialogue to a fruitful outcome, in light of the Apostle Paul's
remarks in 2 Cor 4:2:
. . . we have renounced
secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort
the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly,
we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
To promote this standard,
it is therefore requested that participants abide by the spirit of the
- Mutual respect:
freedom of expression is a right; that is, a moral claim we make on
others based on our dignity as humans made in God's image. (No other
foundation for rights, freedoms and responsibilities is strong enough,
as the history of say the French Revolution forever proved.) Accordingly,
we first of all must determine to respect the rights and dignity of
others in discussion. Hateful ridicule, deliberately abusive remarks,
obscenity and other similarly disrespectful language and rhetorical
tactics are not welcome.
of diversity in opinions, and the possibility of error:
as long as we differ, we will have differences of opinion. Accordingly,
we expect that there will be give and take (especially where errors
of fact and/or reasoning are discovered), and a recognition that some
differences -- especially those rooted in key worldview commitments
-- cannot simply be resolved by argument. (In extreme cases, one would
be well advised to note Jesus' observation that "this kind goeth
not out, except by prayer.")
- Avoidance of
deliberate deception: I believe it was Jefferson who pointed out
that debate can be defined as that wicked art which makes the worse
appear to be the better case. For, there is a vast difference between
persuasion and proof. As Aristotle notes in his The
Rhetoric, the essence of popular argument is to persuade, using:
(1) the [perceived] character of the speaker, (2) the emotional responses
of the hearers, and (3) actual reasoned argument; the last being the
least persuasive in popular contexts. Accordingly, if resort is consistently
made to emotional manipulation, or to improper use of the appeal to
authority, or to false and/or materially misleading fact-claims, or
to plain fallacies in reasoning, it will be inferred that the participant
is less than sincere in presenting his or her case.
- Sound Bible
Study and Interpretation: Scripture-twisting is an old, and spiritually
deadly sport.[cf. 2 Peter 3:15 - 16, James 3:1 ff, 2 Tim. 2:23 - 26
and Luke 17:1 - 4, esp. v. 2.] In an age where there is easy access
to training in sound principles of Bible Study and interpretation, there
is no excuse for consitently erroneous handling of the biblical text.
Participants who insist on manifestly and consistently manipulative
abuse of the biblical text will be warned, then requested to correct
their error; and if recalcitrant, they will be identified as "twisters."
(This is not to be confused with a situation where there may be significant
disagreement over interpretation among informed commentators who respect
the Scriptures, or where one is being explicitly exploratory or is open
to correction of errors.)
Okay, having had
a few for the road, welcome to the Kairos Focus Discussion Forum!
For more details
on the Fullness Vision (PDF):