John Piper on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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John Piper (who is not a Pentecostal but a Reformed Noncessationist) says... "Now the positive thing I want to say about the moderate Pentecostal teaching (represented by the Bennets, i.e., Dennis & Rita) is that it is right to stress the experiential reality of receiving the Spirit. When you read the New Testament honestly, you can't help but get the impression of a big difference from a lot of contemporary Christian experience. For them the Holy Spirit was a fact of experience... I think that being baptized with the Holy Spirit (the way Luke means it) is not the same as being born … [Read more...]

Winter Is Gone!

One of the most astounding visuals of late is what is occurring in Yosemite Park in California. An unusual snowing and cold winter has begun to thaw and the results are that astounding waterfalls are breaking out all over the part in ways not seen in decades.  This clip from NBC Nightly News is one to be watched and absorbed.  After a year so full in the earth of unprecedented numbers of tornadoes, floods, earthquakes and more - there is something encouraging and refreshing about what is going on in Yosemite. As I watched it, the words that kept coming to me were ... "Winter is over. The … [Read more...]

Here We Go!

It's official!  I am moving my blog over to Patheos and looking forward to writing in this neighborhood for a change.  This is Blog #1 for me at this new site.  Also, within a week or so, I will be starting a new regular column with Patheos.  If you are one of the early visitors to this site - WELCOME! Keep your eyes open for my column installments and frequent posts at this blog. I am looking forward to reflecting, interacting, critiquing, sharing, encouraging, and asking questions right here - and often. My journey of faith in Christ has gone through many changes over the years, twists … [Read more...]


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