This is where I’m at

26 03 2009

Last night my wife was out at a tupperware party. I don’t know why they call them parties, I suppose you could say it was a gathering to get you to buy more stuff. Anyway I had most of the night to myself and spent most of my time reading Romans. It used to be my favourite book of the Bible. I must have read it through at least 50 times when I was a teenager. But lately I’ve spent so much time in the Gospels that I’ve come to appreciate the narratives of Jesus’ life a lot more. Guys like N.T. Wright and Craig Blomberg have given me so many great insights into the Gospels. You need to read their books. But reading Romans last night was a breath of Fresh air.
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Are Spiritual Gifts For Today? (Part 3)

18 03 2009

Continuing on today with a look 1 Corinthians 12 and the question of Spiritual gifts. Are they for today? So far we’ve seen nothing in 1 Corinthians 12 that would tell us otherwise. But Paul has definately put a lot more effort into explaining what the gifts are and how they are to be used. I’ll continue with verses 12-31.

12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

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Are Spiritual Gifts for Today? (Part 2)

15 03 2009

Continuing on the theme of Spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12. Today we’ll take a look at verses 7-11.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,  and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

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Are Spiritual Gifts for Today?

12 03 2009

Who knew that my post “The Pentecostals are not wrong” would case such a stir? There are some strong opinions out there on the subject, and I guess when someone feels strongly one way or the other they feel compelled to defend their view. I understand that fervour as I’m prone to do the same.
Today I thought I would start a series looking at Spiritual gifts and more broadly the work of the Spirit.

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The Cycle Continues

10 03 2009

Two days ago I came home to a warm welcome from my wife. Very quickly she told me that she had some sad news. My first thought was that someone had died.  Why is that always my first thought when it comes to sad news? She quickly reassured me that no one had died. I guess she knows me better than I realise. She got an email from a friend of ours who recently got married. Her and her new husband had had a fight. They fought before they were married, so this came as no surprise. But this time there was a twist.
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The Pentecostals Are Not Wrong

10 03 2009

I have a cousin in South Africa (The land of my birth) who co-pastors a Church. You can check out their website here. I used to go to that church up until the point where my family left to live in New Zealand. Today out of interest I visited their site and listened to one of his messages. It struck a chord with me, and I’ve been mulling over it for the past few days. Read the rest of this entry »


6 03 2009

As I endeavour to continue this conversation I must admit a few things are getting in the way. Life is one of them. I’m too tired to blog. This week has been exhausting. Draining is a better word. This week my company announced that it was closing 18 of it’s branches and making those staff redundant. It was quite a shock and kept me awake for a couple of nights. Luckily my job is still quite safe.

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