In another place I have written about two churches I have visited that gave a broad weekly invitation for all members to participate in leading worship. I have also written on the related theme of the Priesthood of all Believers. As we hear so often, “The church is not the building, but the congregation.” That... Continue Reading →
‘We must take Revelation literally!’ they say. ‘Except when I don’t do so!’
I have written several papers on how the church of the 2nd and 3rd centuries reported that they experienced the gift of prophecy. For example, only in the early 3rd century did Origen observe that "since [the time of Christ and the apostles] these signs have diminished, although there are still traces of His presence... Continue Reading →
Christian prophecy and canon in the second century: a response to B. B. Warfield
This was originally published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 40/4 (December, 1997): 609-626. TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE. Here is a summary of our conclusion: Many of today’s cessationists rely on Warfield’s decision to tie the end of prophecy to the completion of the canon (with or without the help... Continue Reading →
The ‘Ultracharismatics’ of Corinth and the Pentecostals of Latin America as the Religion of the Disaffected
Originally published as: “The ‘Ultracharismatics’ of Corinth and the Pentecostals of Latin America as the religion of the disaffected.” Tyndale Bulletin 56.2 (2005): 91-110. This is a detailed exegetical study, more technical than most of what I post on this blog. To download the article as a pdf, click here Ultracharismatics in Corinth and in Latin... Continue Reading →
Benny Hinn’s nephew rejects his “gospel” of properity
This is one of the most interesting articles I have read in a while, so I will post a link to it HERE. I am particularly tickled that he got, well, got "saved" I think is the appropriate term, by simply reading his Bible. The so-called Prosperity Gospel, Word of Faith, Rhema Doctrine, Decreeing, whatever,... Continue Reading →
False Apostles are Smacked Down by Hurricane Irma!
Companion essay: "Why would a hurricane hit Texas and Florida and not, for example, Alabama?" As Hurricane Irma approached Florida in September 2017, Latin America awoke to hear a number of its anointed prophets and apostles shouting, "You, Irma, go away!" This is a manifestation of the doctrine known as the Prosperity Gospel, the Rhema... Continue Reading →
Speaking in tongues, speaking in English [Studies in 1 Corinthians]
Paul taught: I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue. (1 Cor 14:18-19) Paul is not making a mathematical statement that five clear words are better than 10,000 unknown... Continue Reading →
Life in the New Covenant, according to Romans
[The following thoughts are taken from my new commentary on Romans in the Comentario Bíblico Contemporáneo, to be published in 2015 by Ediciones Kairós. It is also available in pdf forms as a small book, How to Live the Christian Life - in the right-hand column look under "Four of my books".] A “paradigm shift” is... Continue Reading →
Two of my essays included in a new collection!
They have just published a pair if my essays in Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture. It's now available on Amazon. You might recognize the title as a response to John MacArthur's book, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship. The contributors of these 35 essays are not the sort... Continue Reading →
1 Cor 13 – when and how will “the perfect” come?
Shogren_1 Cor 13 Perfect in Patristic Exegesis This article is a technical study of how the Church Fathers interpreted Paul´s prediction that tongues, prophecy, and knowledge would pass away when "the perfect" comes. My conclusion is that nearly all orthodox fathers believed it referred to the age to come, whereas Marcion, Mani, the Gnostics and... Continue Reading →