David Housholder

CP Guest Contributor

Chuck Smith's Memorial 'Paddle Out,' John MacArthur's Strange Fire Conf: Weekend of Deep Spiritual Contrasts

This weekend was a weekend of deep spiritual contrasts in Southern California. Two hours ago, I was out at the end of the Huntington Beach Pier on my surfboard. We were participating in a "paddle out" in memory of Chuck Smith, one of the main leaders of the Jesus movement. In Sun Valley for the past three days, John MacArthur hosted his Strange Fire conference. The contrast could not have been greater. One location. One weekend. Two polar opposites. Light and darkness. Inclusion and exclusion. Euphoria and Judgementalism. Scruffy "Jesus freak" enthusiasts. Groomed theologians.