Martin Scott: Spiritual Mapping

In May 2011, Martin Scott was the speaker at the YWAM France School of Intercession at the "Gault-la-Forêt" base in the Champagne region of France. The topic centered around the concept of Spiritual Mapping, but the amount of time given to Martin allowed him to synthesize into that topic many of the different themes that he regularly deals with in his prophetic ministry.  This is really a fabulous opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of the dynamics of the Body of Christ actually bringing transformation to a city or region.  Another way of looking at that is the intersection of The Body of Christ with a location and what that is supposed to mean for the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in that place and why it sometimes doesn’t work out as it should.

The teaching is given in English and translated into French.  This is also a good opportunity to brush up on your French if you’re so inclined!  The recording was done with a hand-held digital recorder so the quality is not the best.  I’ve post-processed it some to try and clean it up…listener beware.

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The Wisdom We ALL Need

I just received Jeff Fountain’s Weekly Word by e-mail today. I confess that often I don’t have time to read them. Today, I’m a bit under the weather so a more measured pace has me perusing some e-mails that otherwise would suffer neglect due to my haste.

This one was a gem! I quote it in its entirety:

The wisdom Europe needs

• European leaders came to an historic agreement in Brussels last week to limit co2 emission levels to help save the environment.
• Just a few days earlier, Christian scientists and philosophers met to discuss the relationship between faith and science at the University of Leiden in Holland.
• Also near Leiden, in 1642, two philosophers met in a castle to discuss this same topic-the interface of science and faith. Europe’s future, including that of her environment, would depend on which of these men’s views prevailed.
• It still does.

French philosopher René Descartes, sometimes called the Father of Modern Philosophy, spent most of his adult life in the Dutch Republic. He had been lodging in Endegeest Castle for several months before his visitor arrived for their four-hour discussion. Descartes’ famous statement, Cogito ergo sum, was to mark a fresh beginning in Western thought based on rationalism. His dualism separated the physical from the spiritual, science from religion.

Jan Amos Comenius, although exiled from his homeland at the time, also brought with him a reputation as one of Europe’s leading thinkers. He would earn himself the title Father of Modern Education and is today one of the Czech Republic’s national heroes. Comenius had developed a holistic or integrated philosophy called ‘pansophy‘, meaning ‘all wisdom’, taken from Colossians 1:28: We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

Wisdom for Comenius was more than simply knowledge of things. It involved knowing the relationships between all things. It meant knowing the right decisions to improve conditions and circumstances. It was the ‘fullness of the right knowledge’.

Respect & Reservation
Both men had prepared for their meeting by reading at least some of each other’s works. They approached each other with respect and reservation.

Comenius proposed a philosophy of unity with distinct but not separated fields of science, while Descartes objected to the integration of non-rational knowledge with science.

The two men cordially exchanged arguments without convincing the other. They continued to hold different views on man and his world. The Frenchman, a practising Catholic, saw man as an observer of the world from the outside. The Czech, one of the last bishops in the Ancient Moravian Church, understood man as an inseparable part of something that had been a harmonious whole until disrupted by the Fall.

Comenius continued to criticise a science free of moral values which would result in the fragmentation of the essence and existence of man. He foresaw accurately that separation of faith and natural science would lead men to ask what could be done rather than what ought be done. The Cartesian reductionist approach merely asked for causes, not meaning or destination, he objected.

Ring of gold
He who improves in scientific knowledge and thereby declines in moral knowledge, will end up in decline rather than progress,’ he wrote. Quoting from Proverbs 11:22, he said learnedness without virtue was ‘like a ring of gold in a pig’s nose‘.

How different Western history could have been had Comenius’ pansophy prevailed! Today we find ourselves facing drastic measures to correct problems arising from Cartesian dualism.

The scientists and philosophers who met recently in Leiden believe the answer lies in Comenius-style wisdom, integrating faith and science. Twenty-two Christian scholars complied the book, ‘Geleerd en gelovig‘ (something like, ‘Scholars and believers‘), presented to the Dutch Prime Minister on the occasion of the Veritas Forum.

Jan Peter Balkenende suggested that faith and science today were actually closer than often presumed. Both involved a search for truth that existed but could never be fully known. Faith didn’t make you better a scientist or politician, said the prime minister, but raised different questions. Take the environment debate, for example. We seek all sorts of technical solutions. But the question how to steward God’s creation and pass it on to the next generation, for him personally, had a spiritual dimension.

That doesn’t make me a better politician morally,’ he admitted, ‘but it does shape my way of thinking.’

I, for one, think Europe would be a better place with more of this pansophy.

And I, for one think that the United States would be a better place with more of this pansophy.

What I did on my summer vacation…David, age 44

Ok, I’ve not blogged in a while. Since the 21st, I’ve been busy either with other things or fine-tuning the non-blogging parts of the blog! (digests, comments, rss feeds, etc.)

Also, the idea of actually producing something erudite and cutting (vs. nothing at all) for my blog content has held me back a bit. So, to break out of silence, I’ll just write what’s been happening. Hey…that’s what I’m supposed to do with this anyway aren’t I!?

On the 25th, I headed off to the YWAM base near Paris to attend the annual YWAM France staff conference. I had not been looking forward to this for a number of reasons but it certainly ended up being a blessing. Transportation there and back was one of the challenges and I ended up just taking our car and praying that its way-too-loud-and-sometimes-losing-lots-of-oil engine would hold out for the trip (5 hours each way). It did fine, but the challenge certainly brought me into communion with God on the way there and back! ;c)

It was good contact time with the folks I already knew in YWAM France and a chance to begin to get to know others as well. If you know me, “connections” are something that I value highly! Also, if you know Angela, you’ll know that she is not quite as geared in the same way. So, it worked out well that she stayed home and held down the fort (not to mention a flea market stand as well) and prepare for “back-to-school” on Mon. the 29th.

I was able to return in time for Rachel’s violin recital after a 1-week violin camp. Drove right up to the location, walked in, and she was playing. Excellent timing and it sounded beautiful…and I was in no small way relieved that I’d made it in one piece and on time. It was a nice bow to tie up the gift of that weekend for me.

Since coming back, we’ve been trying to get back into the school swing of things. This is not just our kids but also Angela and me. Collège-Daniel is the Christian school where the kids go and it’s also where Angela and I putting most of our ministry efforts currently. Angela will be teaching both English and Music to the very young crowd there. This is a huge responsibility for her and a real opportunity to connect with these kids. I have volunteered to teach a 2-hour Worship Workshop every two weeks. I’ve yet to find out if anyone has signed up, but if so that begins on Friday! This is a big challenge for me but I feel it’s what God is asking me to do right now. I’ll also be watching the elementary kids every two weeks for 2 hours during their lunch and recreation. This has proved to be a very valuable time for connecting with those children and they have really won my heart (for the most part!;c)) I’m still helping out with various computer tasks at the school and Angela and I are still leading worship every Monday morning for the junior-high-aged kids there. For us, it’s pretty challenging, but we’re growing more and more as we do it.

We’ve also been struck deeply by Hurricane Katrina’s impact. We’ve been following the events as they’ve unfolded and are amazed by the enormity of what has happened. A friend of mine sent me a link yesterday to a site which had an extremely interesting article about the impact of a severely damaged New Orleans on the economy of the United States. Extremely thought-provoking reading:

While I can’t give a completely reasoned treatise on the subject, I’m struck mostly by the prophetic implications of Katrina and the Kingdom of God opportunities that it presents. While all too capable of entering into the fray of the “blame game” (see this excellent piece at the BBC web site about that subject) about the suffering that has happened in the aftermath, I’m choosing not to “go there” as my opinion (and I have lots of them) is that it’s a serious time-waster (and I have lots of them too!) when God has significantly more profound and important ways for us in the Body of Christ to be engaged in this circumstance.

Big enough entry for now. I promise to write more soon!