Prodigal Thought Podcast in the Near Future

I already have a podcast via my church where I serve as elder-pastor, Cornerstone International Church. You can catch it here or you can catch it on iTunes. But, for some time now, I have been considering the prospect of launching a podcast connected to my personal blog, The Prodigal Thought.

At this point, I am hoping to launch it in the autumn time, which means hopefully September, but possibly in October.

At this point, our podcast through Cornerstone basically hosts our Sunday messages. But the podcast here would carry a more personal flavour (though my sermons involve my personal thoughts). Still, at Prodigal Thought Podcast I would plan on discussing particular biblical texts, theological topics of interest, life issues, pastoral issues, interviewing close ministry friends and a whole host of other things. And my desire would be to keep it shorter, say 20 to 25 minutes at the maximum. That might be tough for me, since I find it hard to keep many of my blog articles under 2000 words.

So, keep your eyes open for the podcast to start this upcoming autumn. I am excited about the opportunity. Now, only to think of an intro and outro song for each podcast episode.

Some Blogs I Visit

In the past, I have shared of a few blogs that I frequently read and enjoy. But I thought I might list another few blogs I visit on a regular basis, even some newer ones that I have recently come upon in the past month or so.

1. To Be Continued: Well, isn’t it ok to put in a plug for your own blog. A colleague of mine, Marvin Cotten, and myself started this blog a few months back. We felt it was something missing in the blogosphere. The purpose of the blog is to put forth a solid biblical, theological and historical case for the continuation of all spiritual gifts.

2. New Leaven: A blog by T.C. Robinson who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and a Master’s degree with an emphasis in New Testament Greek. He is also part of a new church plant in California. I like his openness to non-traditional theology in some of the more non-essential areas. Robinson also holds to the continuation of all gifts of the Spirit, a plus for me.

3. Near Emmaus: A conglomerate blog by three different people. They, too, are open to non-traditional theology in some of the non-essential areas. And they also hold to continuationism.

4. Reformed and Reforming: By Jesse Wisnewski, who is finishing up his MDiv at Gordon-Conwell Seminary. He holds to reformed theology and also to the continuation of all spiritual gifts.

5. The Ominous Comma: By an old friend of mine in Memphis. He shares witty thoughts and parodies about life, and also thought-provoking concepts about Jesus and the church.

6. The Bible Archive: A blog by an old blogging friend, Rey Reynoso. He and I don’t agree on just about every issue, but his passion, deep study, realness and faithfulness to God always stir me.

‘To Be Continued’ Launched

Just this week, I and a colleague of mine launched the blog To Be Continued at www.continuationism.com.

Both Marv and myself hold to a continuationist view in regards to all gifts of the Spirit – even such gifts as prophecy, tongues, healings and miracles.

The blog is described below, which is also found at our About page:

To Be Continued has been officially launched at http://www.continuationism.com.

This blog is a conglomeration of the thoughts of both Marvin Cotten and Scott Lencke, while we will also look to draw in articles and thoughts from various contributors.

The purpose of To Be Continued is to put forth a solid biblical, theological and historical case of continuationism.

What is continuationism, you may ask?

There are varying beliefs within continuationism, but mainly it is the belief that all spiritual gifts are still available today, even things like prophecy, tongues, miracles and healings. When hearing this word, many might think of Pentecostal, charismatic or Third Wave church groups. Such is fine. We have simply decided to use the more theologically accurate word of today – continuationism.

This belief is the opposite of what is known as cessationism. As with continuationism, there are varying beliefs within the cessationist framework. But, as a whole, most cessationists believe that certain gifts of the Spirit ceased with the death of John, the apostle, and with the completion of what became the New Testament Scriptures. Some more ‘soft’ cessationists hold that all spiritual gifts are available today, but the ‘sign gifts’ (i.e. tongues, miracles, healings and even prophecy) are not to be normatively expected.

Therefore, To Be Continued is here to put forth a solid biblical and theological case for continuationism – the continuance of all gifts of the Spirit, including prophecy, tongues, healings and miracles. The articles we post will be along the lines of these various areas:

  1. Expositional-exegetical commentary on particular and relevant Bible passages.
  2. Theological considerations on varying topics related to the issues of continuationism and cessationism.
  3. Interacting with cessationist arguments.
  4. Drawing in various articles from other continuationists.
  5. Sharing solid theological resources for continuationism.
  6. Book reviews from both the continuationist and cessationist view.
  7. Sharing our own personal stories and reflections on the work of the Spirit, as well as other people’s stories.

To read more about the authors – Marv and Scott – click on our Authors page.

You can also visit Marv’s personal blog (Asphaleia) and Scott’s personal blog (The Prodigal Thought).

Blogroll

This is something I have been wanting to do for a few weeks now, that is, sharing some thoughts on a few blogs I frequent. So, below is a handful of blogs, more of a theological nature, which I regularly visit. To a certain extent, I appreciate them all.

InternetMonk: Michael Spencer, or otherwise known as iMonk, has been blogging for numerous years. He is probably one of the more known evangelical bloggers out there. Matter of fact, I recently heard him state that he has, on average, 1,500 to 2,000 downloads for his podcast. Knowing those numbers, I assume he has at least double that in daily hits on his blog. But iMonk has a passion to challenge much of the current evangelical church of America, and this is interesting to note when considering his Southern Baptist connection. So, it’s almost like he is a ‘voice in the wilderness’. In general, iMonk is not interested in holding back his thoughts on particular topics. He usually says it as it is. Thus, considering his articles and method of approach in blogging, and knowing my own heart, one would easily see why I am drawn to such a blog.

Parchment & Pen: Michael Patton has a great ministry that spans quite broadly. He leads Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, which has been instrumental in initiating a few other interesting things:

  • The Theology Program, which offers eight classes in theological training
  • Theologica, which is a discussion forum with some 1400 members involved in regular discussions of theology, doctrine, politics, life and other such relateable topics

But, within his blog, Michael comes to us with a reformed theological background. So, again, if you know me, I am drawn more towards a reformed understanding of Scripture. Thus, you can see why I would be drawn to such a blog. Yet, I also find myself disagreeing with Michael on some occasions, as he likes to stay more within the lines of a typical evangelical theologian. I like to challenge those lines, where I believe it healthy and necessary.

Dust and Light: This is a newer blog to the blogging world, but one started by three of my friends. They summarise their intent with these words: By the name Dust and Light we have tried, as unpretentiously as possible, to refer to an intermingling of the visible, tangible, material realm (represented by the word ‘dust’) with the invisible, intangible, spiritual realm (represented by the word ‘light’), in the thought and content of this blog.

Breaking it down even more, the desire of the three is to combat against a more gnostic understanding of life. ‘What?’, you say. ‘I thought that was only in the first century.’ True, but it has continued to exist throughout the 2000 years of Christianity. Basically, gnosticism tries to tear apart the ‘physical’ from the ‘spiritual’, or the ‘natural’ from the ‘supernatural’. One is seen as good (spiritual) and one is seen as bad, or not so good (physical). But rather than pitting the two against one another, Dust and Light looks to bring a healthy perspecitive that both are good, as created by God. No doubt both ‘realms’ have been invaded by evil. Yet, both were originally created good by God (including what we can see with our eyes), and God has a desire to redeem all.

Therefore, their articles take on a very holistic approach to theology and its interaction with the physical world at hand, including things like culture, art, sciences, philosophy, etc.

Challies Dot Com: I’m relatively new to Tim Challies blog, but he has been blogging for a few years now, and is, therefore, also quite known in the blogging world. On his bio page, he states that he is a conservative, evangelical, reformed, protestant Christian. That should satisfy those who love labels. Knowing his reformed roots, I am sure that is why I am drawn to read his articles. But, even more, what I find from Tim is a real, authentic and insightful guy sharing his heart on particular theological and other relevant topics. He speaks truth, but does so humbly. It is these things that draw me in even more.

There are definitely a few other blogs I frequently visit, some more than others. If you scroll down my own blog, you will see I have feeds from twelve different blogs coming in. So, feel free to view the four above and the others listed below. But, for the record, these are four specific bloggers I enjoy visiting on a regular basis.