My first experience speaking in tongues came on April 27, 1988. I was 20 years old, and still a member of a denominational church, but out of curiosity, I had also been visiting a Pentecostal church on occasion. One day, I responded to an invitation to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I had … Continue reading Speaking In Tongues FAQ 2: Are Tongues For All?
" One of the disturbing things about Christianity is that very few Christians ever advance beyond their first revelation."Lester Sumrall¹ Walking with God is (or at least, should be) an unfolding process in which we get to know Him better and better. As we discussed before, one of the exciting things about the Christian life … Continue reading What Is a Full Gospel Christian?
There is a well known quote from CS Lewis that says "It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God." Yes and no. Lewis was right to point out that Jesus is the Logos, the incarnate Word of God. But he was also very wrong to downplay the fact that … Continue reading Jesus and the Scriptures
(The angel said) "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen."-Luke 24:5-6 "Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it has a God who knows the way out of the grave."-G.K. Chesterton (1) Whether adorning a majestic church spire or dangling from a necklace, the Cross … Continue reading Resurrection Realities: The Miracle of Easter
A number of years ago, I saw a sign on a church marquee which read "Salvation is free, because God paid so dearly for it." This central truth, although believed by all Christians, is one which we all too often take for granted. When you think of the Cross, what comes to your mind? In … Continue reading The Cross: Violent Grace
Not long ago, I was entering the drive through window of a fast food place, when I saw a bumper sticker which summarized my political philosophy quite well: "Politicians are like diapers. Both need to be changed regularly!" In our own local government, the issue of term limits has been hotly debated in recent months, … Continue reading Term Limits Improve Government
Calvinism or Arminianism? The debate between Arminianism and Calvinism, which concerns God's soverienty and man's free will, is one of the most devisive in the church today. Rather than being an honest, respectful dialogue among brethren, this debate has led to an unhealthy compartmentalization within the Body of Christ. Sadly, this has resulted in much … Continue reading Calvinism vs Arminianism
Is reincarnation biblical?No, reincarnation cannot be reconciled with the Bible or the Christian faith in any way. Rather, it is a concept which comes from ancient Hindu texts such as the Upishads. At its core is the law of karma, which teaches that we are rewarded or punished in future lives for the good or bad … Continue reading Is Reincarnation Biblical?
It is true that the Bible tells us to dress modestly and that our true beauty comes from within, not from outward ornamentation (1 Timothy 2:9). But these verses are not saying that nice clothes, jewelry etc. are sinful in themselves. Keep in mind that Jesus wore a seamless robe, which was a very costly … Continue reading Christian "Dress Codes"
On occasions where my writing veers into the political arena, it is easy for some to assume that I am a Republican. The truth , however, is that I have not actively identified with any political party in well over twenty years. That decision was very deliberate and I have never, ever regretted it.At various … Continue reading Confessions of a Political Independent