The Courage of Kate Bowler: Part 2

BlessedLast week many of you read Kate Bowler‘s powerful New York Times op-ed on what it is like for a historian of the prosperity gospel movement to have cancer.

Over at Christianity Today, Morgan Lee (a former student of mine at Messiah College!) interviewed Bowler about the themes she first addressed in her op-ed.  Here is a taste:

In what ways have your feelings changed towards the prosperity gospel movement since your diagnosis?

I’m one of the many people who wants an answer when there is no answer, who wants to demand things of God when God does not always connect the dots for us. Even more, I relate to their desire for certainty.

Prosperity gospel makes everyone feel special. It makes everyone feel uniquely chosen. Every detail of your life is God’s ultimate concern. I’ve seen that do wonders for people.

Getting over not being special has been hard. I have to get used to being as beloved by God as everybody else. You want to feel like your personality, your efforts, and your theological insight counts for something. It doesn’t. I just have to be as beloved as everybody else.

Read the entire interview here.  Nice job Morgan!

One thought on “The Courage of Kate Bowler: Part 2

  1. Read the entire interview here. Nice job Morgan!

    Yes, very moving indeed and thanks also to you for passing this on.

    “Prosperity gospel makes everyone feel special. It makes everyone feel uniquely chosen. Every detail of your life is God’s ultimate concern. I’ve seen that do wonders for people.

    Getting over not being special has been hard. I have to get used to being as beloved by God as everybody else. You want to feel like your personality, your efforts, and your theological insight counts for something. It doesn’t. I just have to be as beloved as everybody else.”

    A prayer for Ms. Bowler too, from anyone who can spare one.

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