God’s Desire to Heal

healing_of_the_blind_manThis past Sunday, at Christ City Church, we moved towards finishing out our series on the book of James. This was the next to last Sunday and, with that, James 5:13-18 was covered. This is the passage that exhorts the sick to call the elders to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord,” all for offering prayer for the sick person that they may be healed, or that the Lord may “raise them up.”

As Jonathan McIntosh fleshed out the passage, he also drew from the gospels to remind us of the powerful invasion of the rule and order (kingdom) of God in Jesus’ ministry. One major way the rule of God was made known was through the healing of people. When God’s rule comes on earth as in heaven, people are “saved” (delivered, liberated) from a holistic standpoint.

In all, what I found most interesting was this quote from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic TheologyI thought it very stirring. Continue reading

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Miracles Today

miraclesDr. Craig Keener, professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, discusses the miraculous works of God today. He looks at both Scriptural arguments and church history evidence of such realities in a massive tome called Miracles (1200+ pages). You can also view short video bytes where some points are briefly looked at, these being more easily digestible. And, even more, Keener is one that was a bit more skeptical about miracles still being a part of life today. Needless to say, God slowly changed his mind.

Below is one of those short videos. Continue reading

The Pneuma Review & Craig Keener

Pneuma-ReviewThis week, I came across a newer online resource. It’s an online journal that particularly provides ministry resources and theological articles for Pentecostals and charismatics. It’s entitled The Pneuma Reviewpneuma being the Greek word for spirit.

The Pneuma Review lays forth their mission statement in this way:

“To lead Pentecostal/charismatic believers to a greater understanding of God’s Word and assisting church leaders in equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. We also long for greater dialogue between Evangelicals about doctrine, and by way of an open forum, to promote Biblically-centered theological discussion on the gifts of the Spirit.”

I ultimately came across it when I saw a tweet about Craig Keener’s review of Strange Fire, the new release of John MacArthur, which flows in tandem with the recent conference. Continue reading

Raised from the Dead

Craig Keener continues his discussion around the reality of the miraculous today, this being connected to his newest released work, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts. Here, he particularly recounts the story of his own sister-in-law who was raised back to life after being dead for 3 hours. He also discusses other accounts of raisings of the dead.

What’s interesting is the way in which Keener discusses these. Remember, he has had his theological perspective changed because of his own studies and because of God’s work of miracles in his own family, being married to a Congolese-African woman. But Keener does not approach this like a typical ‘super-charismatic’. He is very calm and collective as he recounts what took place and he maintains a strong theological anchor. Continue reading