The speed with which the news of the dreadful death of Kyle Lake last Sunday spread is witness in part to the popularity and potential of the 33-year-old pastor with an easy smile.
He was mourned by the Relevant Media Group, which published two books, in which Lake wrestled with difficult passages and questions. He was mourned by the leaders of the Emergent movement, including its "godfather," Brian McLaren. He was mourned by the community of University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, which included a number of Baylor University students. And by his wife and three children.
We’ll never know what Kyle Lake would have said about the reason why, when he reached for a microphone as he was performing a baptism in front of 800 people, he was fatally electrocuted. But his explanation of a verse that may be infuriating to hear right now to some of those he left behind—Romans 8:28—may at least hint at his answer. It is reprinted, with the publisher’s permission, an excerpt from Understanding God’s Will: How to Hack the Equation Without Formulas (Relevant, 2004).
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"We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 NRSV
There is perhaps no more redemptive verse in all of Scripture than Romans 8:28. For when our lives have come unraveled…
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You can almost hear him speak through his own writing,