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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Living for God’s Glory – Joel Beeke

9 02 2009

I’ve never liked the terms Calvinist or Reformed, when they are placed before the word Christian. The first makes you sound like the follower of some guy other than Jesus Christ. The second makes you sound like a Christian who has just been released from prison. The system of theology refered to as Calvinism often takes a lot of flack for its tennets. Often, just for a laugh, I read “the contemporary calvinist” blog which posts some of the more obscure criticisms. They range from the “Calvinism is a heresy and all calvinists are going to hell” type criticisms to the well thought out Arminian responses. Love him or hate him, Calvin has been very influential in shaping the Church. People are still arguing over his doctrinal tennets 500 years later. If thats not significant I don’t know what is.

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Blogthru the NT – Part 2 (Luke)

4 02 2009

I’m going to continue posting some gleanings from my current bible reading programme. I’ve just finished reading Luke. I know that I havent posted on Mark yet. Maybe I will one day, but not today. Luke has very different emphasis to Matthew. While this may reflect the needs of the early church (as form and redaction critics might say) I doubt it is the sole reason for the differences. While I’m not keen to get into a discussion on the synoptic problem, I am aware that Luke was not writing history as a detached observer. Had his own intentions for writing. But this doesn’t mean he has written fiction. Ironically the more affected someone is by the events that have taken place the more they want the truth to be told. We have only to look to the Holocaust survivors to see that (see Blomberg 1997). Luke also needs to be analysed in terms of its other half: the book of Acts. Read the rest of this entry »

Reclaiming the Church – John Cobb

1 02 2009

Recently I was sent a copy of John Cobb’s book by Trip Fuller of “Transforming Theology Blog” fame. Cobb, a united methodist, shares some of his concerns the growing “sickness” of mainstream and oldline denominational churches. Having read a few books of this nature, (e.g The Courage to be Protestant – David Wells & The myth of a Christian nation – Greg Boyd), I had very low expectations for this book. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review : Preaching and Preachers – D.M. Lloyd Jones

30 10 2008

I haven’t got much to say today. Blogging tends to be quite time consuming for me. Lately my wife and I have been discussing how to relate faith and everyday life. In short we’ve been trying to take theology from abstract discussion to an everyday reality and its not as easy as you would think. But  its something we must do. Theology was meant to be discussed and lived. The two elements are inseperable. An incorrect understanding leads to an incorrect implementation.

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The Weight of Truth

22 10 2008

The year was 1939. An gutsy young man rose to power in Nazi Germany and started annexing countries in Europe; claiming them back for the “fatherland”. Austria and Poland fell first. More of Europe followed suit very quickly. Germans from around the world were returning home to join the army in the struggle against those who wished to hamper their expansion. What followed was 6 years of bloodshed and genocide that has yet to be rivaled in history. Although reports differ we know at least six millon Jews lost their lives during this period. In fact we could reword that to say that the Nazi regime systematically set out to exterminate the Jewish race from the planet; stopped only because they lost the war. All over the world, veterans of this war still gather to remember those who lost their lives. We may have studied this war at school or heard stories from our parents or grandparents. But according to Ian Wishart, a large portion of the youth in Britain believe the holocaust never happened. Read the rest of this entry »