Blogging the gifts- a readers question

I havent forgotten my blogging the gifts series, and will get to faith shortly. But I know many of you are longing for the bit on tongues so here is a prelude in the form of a reader-submitted question. I would be interested in your responses to the following either here or on your blog with a link posted here in my comments section:-Let's say you are in service, and there is a tongue given, and you feel you have the interpretation, but you aren't sure. You wait a bit, because you are just … [Read more...]

Will Blair fight on for a fourth term?

BBC NEWS reports: "Downing Street is trying to play down remarks by the prime minister that it was 'a mistake' to announce he was not standing for a fourth term."Nothing is ever straight forward in politics. Blairs original decision not to stand for a forth term was I am sure designed to deflect some criticism and political pressure from him. But the piece ends with another quote from the interview which is about Iraq but I cant help but wonder if he is starting to think this way about his role … [Read more...]

Blogging the Gifts – The Word of Knowledge

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 as I have done that elsewhere and in my debate with Dan Phillips. Nor is this post intended to persuade you - I want you to be persuaded by the Bible, not mere experience! Instead, here I want to simply answer the question, "What do the gifts look like in practice in places … [Read more...]

A public apology to Johnson for a perceived rebuke

It seems I have fallen into the very same trap that I have been trying to address in my recent posts on "tone" in the blogosphere. I recognised this trap yesterday and tried to address it to some degree in my post 2001 posts and counting.What trap have I fallen into? Well it is the trap of writing in such a way that I can be misinterpreted. My original post which was intended to serve as a complement to Phil for his measured and appropriate response to Michael instead led some - not least Phil … [Read more...]

Power struggles in the blogosphere and the pulpit

UPDATE - the following post has been seen by some as a public rebuke of Phil Johnson - it was never intended in that way and so I have left it in place without editing it. But, after reading it please see my public apology to Phil for more information and clarification.When I started this post, I was going to begin it by saying "It grieves me greatly to report that it seems hostilities have resumed." Having gone back and re-read my sources again, now I am not so sure. I am actually beginning … [Read more...]

Blogging the Gifts – The Word of Wisdom

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 as I have done that elsewhere and in my debate with Dan Phillips. Nor is this post intended to persuade you - I want you to be persuaded by the Bible, not mere experience! Instead, here I want to simply answer the question, "What do the gifts look like in practice in places … [Read more...]

Blogging the gifts – more on the Holy Spirit

I am afraid my interlude must continue a little longer, as one of my readers of my last post in this series on the Holy Spirit and Gifts pointed out that I had made no scriptural case for believing in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as a distinct experience from conversion. I thought I had better quickly show my thinking on this.First off, may I say straight away that I believe the Gifts are not the most important part of the Holy Spirit's conscious work in the believer. I strongly believe that a … [Read more...]

You know when you are a hard core blogger when….

.....your sister is live blogging your babies birth! See girl talk for the latest.....your blogging buddy teases you about being an apostle for the world to see then says your book should be added to the cannon! (See T4GB)Any other ideas for how to complete that sentance? … [Read more...]

From a reader on gifts of the Holy Spirit

"I am constantly amazed by how many people in the church can be utterly faithful to the gospel, but then can be unwilling to be reformed by Scripture in other areas. In my Sunday school class on James, we recently discussed what it means for a man to 'walk away from a mirror and forget what he looks like.' James laments a common problem... the unwillingness to use God's Word to look at and reform those areas in your life or church that aren't glorifying to God or making full use of his … [Read more...]

Blogging the Gifts 1 Cor 12:1

I got this on email today:I was wondering if you can tell me how tongues and prophecy are being used in your church. Right now I am in the open but cautious heading toward desiring. Thanks for you blog and sermons.How can any charismatic blogger ignore an email request like that? Not this one! Clearly my bloggers block is now resolved. I will indeed in a series of posts explain how we use spiritual gifts in Jubilee and other similar churches.So, here's my plan, I will blog my way through 1 … [Read more...]


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