Pentecostal or (p)entecostal?

“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?”

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Learning from Cessationists

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”

A Philosopher’s Lament

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”

Scot McKnight on Pauline Authorship

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.

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Correct Error Without Radicalizing Doubt

Reformedish

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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Modern Apostles?

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?”

The Global State of Christian Persecution 2018

Last year I talked a lot about Christian persecution. This year I have not forgotten about it and so here is a piece from Christianity Today based on a more comprehensive report from the Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors on the state of Christian persecution in the last year. For the full report from Open Doors you can you can download it here.