Blogging the Gifts – Faith

"To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are … [Read more...]

Doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday – Sealing of the Spirit: Experiences and Gifts

Today we return to Lloyd-Jones exposition of Ephesians 1:13 and his examination of true and counterfeit experiences associated with the sealing of the Spirit. To begin with, the Doctor makes the following clarification: There is a sense in which I, for my part, am not concerned about the terminology with regard to sealing with the Spirit or baptism with the Spirit. To me it is very regrettable that many are so much concerned about the terminology, and especially about the word baptism, that they … [Read more...]

Warnie in Budapest

Thought I'd share a few photos with you from my recent trip to Hungary. Enjoy . . . … [Read more...]

MLJ Monday: Sealed with the Spirit-Part 3

'In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13)* * * * * * *First, let's summarize the points Lloyd-Jones has made in our previous posts:(1) One cannot be a Christian unless the Holy Spirit is in him. (1 Corinthians 12:3, Romans 8:9).(2) Sealing means that which authenticates us as sons of God. (It doesn't make us sons.)(3) Sealing goes beyond our … [Read more...]

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...]