What it Means to be Spiritually Blind and How the Spirit Helps Us See

Andrew Fountain has made a number of his articles available online. One of them, entitled The Holy Spirit and Hermeneutics inspired the following post.According to Henry Virkler, based on the teachings of Romans 1:18-22, 1 Corinthians 2:6-14, Ephesians 4:17-24, and 1 John 2:11, there is a common Christian belief that it is spiritual blindness rather than a lack of intellectual capacity or persuasion which prevents unbelievers from coming to Christ. Another key verse on this matter which is not … [Read more...]

BOOK – The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today by Wayne Grudem

This book by Wayne Grudem is being reviewed as part of my series of resources that I think are helpful for those who are interested in finding out more about the charismatic issue in light of some of the posts I have written on this blog on that subject.The publisher's website describes this book as follows - "This updated, comprehensive work by a respected New Testament scholar brings new understanding of the gift of prophecy and suggests how to enjoy it without compromising the supremacy of … [Read more...]

Vern Poythress on the Charismatic Issue

As part of my series of resources on the Holy Spirit that I think are helpful for those who are interested in finding out more about the charismatic issue in light of some of the posts I have written on this blog on that subject, I would like to share links to three free articles by Vern Proythress on charismatic issues. The first of these - Modern Spiritual Gifts as Analagous to Apostolic Gifts: Affirming Extraordinary Works of the Spirit within Cessationist Theology [Published in The Journal … [Read more...]

BOOK – Who's Afraid of the Holy Spirit? by Dan Wallace and James Sawyer

This book is being reviewed as part of a series of resources that I think would be helpful for those who are interested in finding out more about the charismatic issue in light of some of the posts I have written on this blog on that subject.The whole book seems to be inspired by a talk Dan Wallace gave in 1994 entitled, "The Uneasy Conscience of a Non-Charismatic Evan-gelical." Indeed, the preface of the book is based heavily on the notes of the address he gave. In that address, he confesses … [Read more...]

BLOGGING THE GIFTS – Tongues and Interpretation

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BLOGGING THE GIFTS – Discernment of Spirits

Earlier this year I was asked by a reader to describe my experience of the charismatic gifts. I am now almost finished with this series, and am also reviewing some useful resources for those wanting to find out more about the charismatic.I have spent more than thirty years of my life in charismatic churches, and these reflections try to summarize that experience. This particular series is not an attempt to justify the continuation of the gifts theologically – I have done thatelsewhere and in … [Read more...]

BLOGGING THE GIFTS – Prophecy

Earlier this year I was asked by a reader to describe my experience of the charismatic gifts. I now want to return to and complete the series in-between my reviews of some useful resources for those wanting to find out more about the charismatic.I have spent almost thirty years of my life in reformed charismatic churches, and these reflections try to summarize that experience. This particular series is not a full attempt to justify the continuation of the gifts theologically – I have done that e … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – A Charismatic Mandate

This week I want to direct your attention to an article from 1991 in which Dr. John Piper makes the most charismatic statements I have seen anywhere in his material, and argues for his position very clearly. If you are interested in a more extended explanation of Piper's views, there is also a fourteen-part sermon series on the gifts entitled, "Are Signs and Wonders for Today?" which he preached in 1990. Piper is not your typical charismatic, but is more open to gifts than many assume of him. I … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – What is the Gift of Tongues?

Today the Doctor brings his inimitable talent for careful analysis to the gift of tongues. Note, that he is not in this post speaking of whether or not tongues continue today; instead this is his view about the mechanics of how the gift of tongues works."I want to suggest to you now that a lot of the trouble has arisen because people have not given the full significance to the word ‘tongue’ — [in the phrases] ‘in an unknown tongue’ or ‘in a tongue’, the ‘unknown’ is generally supplied. What is th … [Read more...]

ROUND-UP – The Holy Spirit and the Charismatics

I know some of you might think that all I ever blog about is the charismatic/cessationist debate and the gifts of the Spirit. At first sight, this list of over 90 posts might seem to confirm that. But, this list of posts amounts to only around 4 per cent of the total number of my posts so far. There is much more to this blog than the Holy Spirit, but as I can't seem to find time to write my new post series on this subject to answer Dan Phillips (I will do so eventually, honest!) - in the … [Read more...]


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