UPDATE: Michael Newnham at Phoenix Preacher has a nice list of links to articles reflecting on Pastor Chuck Smith’s death.
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While we’ve been discussing Pentecostal/Charismatic/Third Wave theology and its influence on politics this morning, I saw this breaking news from Christianity Today:
Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in the 1960s helped transform worship styles in American Christianity and fueled the rise of the Calvary Chapel movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 86.
Though the Calvary Chapel church movement never had much of an impact on my life, related ministries such as Maranatha! Music were greatly influential in my spiritual awakening in the 1970′s.
Chuck might not appreciate the traditional, liturgical nature of this prayer, but I offer it on his behalf today:
May angels lead you into paradise; upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May the ranks of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest.