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...]

The present and active God

PyroManiac: quotes Spurgeon today "Even if you could obtain miraculous gifts, you ought not to be satisfied to speak with tongues, nor to work miracles; but you should press on to know the Spirit with yourself indwelling, communing, quickening you."In this quote Spurgeon shows himself to be the "experiential cessationist" I know him to be. Many modern or so-called "total cessationists" would not recognize this clear experience that Spurgeon talks of. I wonder if Phil would, or if he would … [Read more...]

Brothers, Pray for us pajama preachers

Piper quotes Paul's pleas for his readers to pray for him and asks "Can you hear the depth of need this apostle feels for God's help?"Piper is absolutely right to say that "....WHAT COUNTS MOST...... CANNOT BE ACCOMPLISHED BY MAN LEFT TO HIMSELF."Please pray for me this year. I dont know which is scarier, knowing that I run a blog with a too-rapidly growing audience or that I preach to a church with a too-rapidly growing congregation. I say too rapidly, because with the growth of each comes … [Read more...]

The final Warnie of 2005 goes to………

After much careful deliberation, the judges (OK, JUDGE) has decided who to award the final Warnie of the year to. Warnies are merely a sign that I like and read a particular blog and think that more of you should read it. I am not always good at spotting up and coming blogs, but at least some of the previous warnie winners now win as many if not more readers as me for which I am very grateful.So, please applaud loudly as I get to the announcement that you have all (OK, a few of you....!) beenw … [Read more...]

How to make the most of google reader

I have only just discovered the fantastic google reader, which allows you to subscribe to feeds, and read them online whilst sorting them by the date of the post- ie so that you can see the freshest posts first rather than working through all your feeds. I have added a link to my sidebar to enable my readers to add this blog to Google reader. If you have a blog, you may want to do the same (replacing my feed address with your own of course!)Google reader even has an OPML file import feature. … [Read more...]