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When Spiritual Gifts Function as They Should

Author: Trevor JoyCategory: General, Theology

The nature and practice of spiritual gifts is one of the most controversial dialogues in the church today. Confusion abounds as the faithful seek to find their place along a spectrum of belief, ranging from cessationists (those who believe the miraculous gifts ceased to operate with the death of the Apostles) to charismatics (those who believe that all gifts are practiced today as seen at ...

The Difficult Nature of Receiving

Author: Mason KingCategory: General

It may be true that “it is better to give than to receive,” but in my experience, it is often harder to receive than to give. A few months ago, I asked a coworker to join me for breakfast. At the restaurant he went ahead and ordered, following with that awkward moment of “and whatever he wants; it’s together.” He bought my breakfast even though I had asked him to go with me—thinking ...

The Gospel of Resurrection and Repentance

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General, Theology

How many times is the love of God explicitly mentioned in the book of Acts? Zero. Let that sink in for a moment. In all the sermons and speeches throughout 28 detailed chapters, not once do the Apostles mention the love of God. So what do they consistently and clearly proclaim? Resurrection and repentance. Unfortunately, neither resurrection nor repentance is central in the mindset of modern ...

Bad Theology Kills

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General, Theology

Turn on the national and international news and you will see evidences that bad theology kills. Literally. A Northeast couple was recently charged and convicted of homicide after the death of their infant son. It was their second child to die of a treatable medical condition. However, the parents refused medical attention on the basis of religious belief in faith healing. As news broke of the ...

Lent: Into the Wilderness

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: General, Culture

O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power and idle talk. But give me rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to my servant. Yea, O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother; for thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen. A common fourth-century prayer of Lent from St. Ephrem the Syrian

Put Sin to Death

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put ...

Is God's Wrath Capricious?

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: General, Theology

The Bible is neither tame nor ashamed. It is raw, uncensored and to be believed. It speaks to deeds that are worthy of emulation, as well as accounts that are downright embarrassing for the people of God. Such is the tragedy of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11), a story of embezzlement, manipulation and divine execution of judgment that begs the question: Is God capricious? Why does He punish ...

Comparison is the Thief of Unity

Author: Caroline SmileyCategory: General, Culture

Diversity in the unity. Unity in the diversity. This is one of the most essential truths about the Trinity, and given that we were created in the image of God, it’s also an essential truth of the church. We are different: some were given to be apostles, some teachers and some evangelists. Yet, we are unified. In Christ, we grow and join together to be a holy temple, a dwelling place of the ...

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