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...]

FACEBOOK – Resistance is Futile

At the current rate of growth I guess everyone on the planet will eventually have a facebook account! I have had one for a while, and a number of you my lovely readers have been kind enough to make me your friends. I know that during my "light month of blogging" in August I shouldn't get too sucked into the world of facebook. But it has been fun. And resistance is futile - we will all be assimilated.So, for the one or two of my readers who are not already in facebook get yourself an account pop … [Read more...]

PROVERBS – Are Bloggers Scoffers?

Last Sunday I posted the first in a series of posts I am planning which will be a collection of Proverbs by subject. Today I thought I would share with you proverbs about the scoffer. As Tope pointed out in his sermon (linked to in last week's post), the scoffer is one of two types of “fool” mentioned in Proverbs. A quick search of the Bible will reveal that there are few mentions of the scoffer outside of the book of Proverbs, and that, not surprisingly, all mentions are negative. That might not … [Read more...]

BLOGSPOTTING – New Warnies, the Charismatics, and the Warnock Wars

I thought it was time that I did another blogspotting post — this is my way of thanking you for linking here, and gives you a chance to see what others are saying about my posts:"You feel Him" — Charles SpurgeonScotty B mentions my Charismatic Debate post, and has a great quote from Spurgeon which makes the VITAL place of experience in the Christian’s walk very clear.God’s View of SinBill missed the fact that it was Andrée writing, but says such nice things about my wife’s post, I will forgive hi … [Read more...]

Who is Adrian Warnock?

UPDATEIn January 2008, the following post was identified as the 28th most widely read post on my blog. The 29th most-read post was my interview with Josh Harris.This post provides a brief introduction to me and has links to a number of posts I have written which share my story so far. I really must get around to bringing my story up-to-date in 2008!***************I have been asked to write a short "biographical" piece, so thought I would share it here. I am also slowly working my way through … [Read more...]

WARNIE AWARDS – Special Edition from Washington, D.C.

This special report on the Warnie Awards comes from Washington. Our investigator has been in the city trying to establish the reason for the high level of quality Christian blogging which seems to emanate from that area.Following the exclusive post concerning theodoping revealed on Challies' blog, the Warnie Award organisation wanted to be sure there was no foul play before awarding a clutch of Warnies to some of Washington’s finest bloggers. A series of allegations which have emerged in the p … [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...]

Out of Town, but the Blog Lives On . . .

Well, I'm off for a three-day blog hiatus. This is caused neither by a holiday, nor sickness, but by work.You know the score by now . . . if you are desperate to read good stuff – what are you doing here anyway? Follow the Warnie headlines, or read some MARTYN LLOYD-JONES or JOHN PIPER posts or explore the rest of my archives. Failing that, you could always go buy yourself some discounted Logos Bible Software and get into studying the Bible in depth with this fantastic tool.What have you got to l … [Read more...]