Prodigal Thought Podcast – Forming a Healthy Understanding of the Holy Spirit

podcastHere is episode 5 at Prodigal Thought Podcast.

As a charismatic, I long for us to have a healthy and holistic understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit. So I take up that topic in this episode, particularly encouraging us to allow the book of Acts to teach us about the work of the Holy Spirit. In the podcast, I refer to a specific book, so I wanted to put a link to that book: The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke by Roger Stronstad.

Listen to or download the podcast episode below (16:25 in length). Continue reading

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Prodigal Thought Podcast – Experience Shapes Theology

PodcastHere is episode 3 at Prodigal Thought Podcast.

In this session, I discuss how experience actually shapes our theology, our understanding of God. And I would argue that this is a very acceptable aspect of knowing God.

Listen to or download the 21-minute podcast episode below. Continue reading

Did NT Apostles Replace OT Prophets?

Many people who have spent time studying pneumatology (theology of the Holy Spirit) and the gifts of the Spirit will probably be aware of Wayne Grudem’s works on the said topic. Especially our reformed brothers and sisters. Grudem believes the charismata gifts of 1 Corinthians 12 still exist today. He is one of  many ‘theologically-minded’ and scholarly Christians advocating these particular gifts of the Spirit. Others are Sam Storms, John Piper, Gordon Fee, Mark Driscoll, Jack Deere, etc.

The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament & TodayThough one can get a taster of his theological stance on the gifts of the Spirit in his Systematic Theology (pgs1016-1088), another of his writings, The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today, gives a much more in-depth treatment to the gift of prophecy, as you would expect from such a title.

Though the book can be viewed as an evangelical stalwart for study on the gift of prophecy, I believe his work fails on a few accounts, which includes the nature of apostles and prophets. In short, I think Grudem offers a faulty exegesis on Eph 2:20 and 3:5. You can see his discussions in chapter 2 of the book (pgs45-47), as well as in his Appendix 6 (pgs329-436). [As a side note, this is in the revised edition from 2000. I don’t believe earlier copies have Appendix 6.] Continue reading

Seven Reasons Why All Gifts of the Spirit Continue Today

I am one who unashamedly believes that God still speaks today. You can call me charismatic. Or you can identify me by the more politically-correct theological term known as continuationism. But I believe God still speaks-reveals-communicates today, as he always has done and will continue into the age to come.

Why would I believe such?

I list 7 reasons below: Continue reading

CharisMissional Blog

Most know that I am very much dedicated to the continuance of all gifts of the Spirit. I’ve written plenty on the topic and am currently posting some thoughts around the gift of prophecy.

Therefore, I wanted to mention the blog of a friend, David Derbyshire. The blog is entitled CharisMissional and can be found at http://charismissional.com, but the subtitle is even more telling, Empowered by the Spirit for Mission.

David is part of Church Alive in Birmingham, UK, a church that is closely connected with our church in Brussels, Cornerstone International Church.

So check it out.