When I ask newcomers what brings them to our church, the most common reply is, “I’m looking for community.” I often wince hearing that phrase, fearing they won’t stay for long… One cannot “find” community, because it isn’t something to be discovered. Community is never found, only built.
– Eugene Park for The Gospel Coalition
“Pentecostalism is above all else a missionary movement— this premise enables us to understand the primary motivation for its global expansion throughout the twentieth century. Continue reading “Pentecostal or (p)entecostal?”
I have been a lifelong Pentecostal. I now prefer to think of myself as post-Charismatic because I am a staunch believer in the charismata i.e. spiritual gifts like tongues, acts of power, healing, prophecy etc. however, I am not a fan of contemporary Charismatic subculture. All that being said I have learned important things from our cessationist brothers and sisters. Continue reading “Learning from Cessationists”
Douglas Groothuis, a professor of philosophy and a noted Christian apologist, discusses in the audio below he and his late wife’s difficult journey through terminal illness. Continue reading “A Philosopher’s Lament”
If you aren’t a Bible geek chances are you would be quite surprised to learn that the majority position in biblical scholarship is that Paul did not write all the letters in the New Testament that bear his name. In fact scholarship only accepts 7 undisputed letters which are Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 Thessalonians and Philemon. Now the main reason for questioning the remaining 6 traditional Pauline epistles are stylistic differences. I have never found that line of argumentation particularly convincing and you can find a good response to it here.
New Testament scholar Scot McKnight was discussing his new commentaries on Philippians and Colossians over at OnScript and he was asked about the authorship of Colossians. I found his response quite interesting to say the least. He said that he doesn’t think Paul wrote any of the epistles.
The first time I got called a heretic, I think I was about 19. I had just started getting into theology, biblical studies, N.T. Wright, that sort of thing, and was slowly walking away from the default dispensationalism of Orange County Evangelicalism. Well, at the time I also happened to be in a Bible study at a Calvary Chapel church in Southern California and I told the guys, “Well, I actually don’t think I believe in the Rapture anymore.” Judging by the reactions, I might as well have questioned the Second Coming itself.
Things became very strained between myself and some of the guys. They started to doubt my “soundness,” and I started to wear the air of a sort of knowing, theological rebel. “Maybe I am a heretic. Maybe we are all heretics to some degree. Maybe a little heresy was necessary now and again.” No doubt, we…
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New Testament scholar Craig Keener in the following series of posts helpfully answers the question of whether there are true apostles today. Continue reading “Modern Apostles?”