Links for May 31, 2006

Mathew Sims on the T4G Statement, Part 4(Tags: T4GB)Mathew Sims Gets to Part 5. . . and I've only posted one . . . still this T4G statement is sure making for some interesting blogging!(Tags: T4GB)"If any single quote could encapsulate why I am not a Christian, this one, by C. J. Mahaney, has to be it. The sheer, hideous inanity of a god that demands a blood sacrifice from an innocent in repayment for the sins of the guilty is beautifully captured here. It is a theology that captures the worst … [Read more...]

T4G – The Introduction and When to Give Up the Fight

Well, time flies. I can't believe it is now two weeks since I launched my challenge to blog through the T4G statement and I STILL haven't posted my own first post! I get the feeling that this is all going to take awhile. Still, I do think the document is worthy of an extended examination so it's not too late for you to hop aboard. It is not as though I have forgotten T4G, however, as a quick look at my Together for the Gospel Round-up Post (which contains links to all my posts about the … [Read more...]

John Piper Friday – Using Our Mouths to Impart Grace

I am convinced that everything Piper says here about speech applies equally to blogging. The trouble with blogging is it has all the immediacy of speech with all the permanence of writing! We should be even more careful about what we write online than we are about what we say offline. In this sermon on Ephesians 4, Piper gives us some clear instruction, to whch we would do well to listen." . . . let's step back and ask what Paul might mean by calling language evil or corrupt or unwholesome or … [Read more...]

Blogging the Gifts – Healing, Part Two

In my last post on healing, I spoke of its relationship with faith. As an example of a faith-filled sermon on healing I cannot recommend anything better than my pastor's talk last weekend, "He Healed Them All". Following the meeting we had a large number of people respond, largely for "emotional healing", and the impact of the powerful prayer time that ensued will be felt for some time, I am sure!What can I say about the gifts of healing? Well, the first is to say that it is a plural, and I … [Read more...]

Blogging the Gifts – Healing, Part One

In my previous post in this series on 1 Cor 12, I blogged about the gift of faith. Actually, these spiritual gifts do in fact overlap, and I want to give you a good example of that with regards to the gifts of healing. I suspect I will need to spend more than one post on healing, but what I want to speak about today is how healings and faith are obviously entwined.One of the strange aspects of the gift of faith is how God often gives us a supernatural confidence about future events. So, for … [Read more...]

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...]