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:
- Expositional-exegetical commentary on particular and relevant Bible passages.
- Theological considerations on varying topics related to the issues of continuationism and cessationism.
- Interacting with cessationist arguments.
- Drawing in various articles from other continuationists.
- Sharing solid theological resources for continuationism.
- Book reviews from both the continuationist and cessationist view.
- 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).
Well guys…thanks for this! I came here from Scott’s “launch” blog on T – you both know me, although I’ve taken a break from posting (more or less) to concentrate on reading, studying and working in my studio. I am also a continuationist who has experienced (ah, that word) certain of the gifts at certain times in my life, however, because of the terrible misuse and abuse of same in some circles, I have applied the brakes to re-evaluate. I am glad to see some thoughtful, solid work on pneumatology and have bookmarked your blog for future reference.
There are a couple of big questions I have never really been able to find the answers to – who knows – maybe they’ll come up in conversation/debate here.
Peace & grace,
Bravo! What a nifty collaboration. I’m glad that continuationism is being explored and promoted within this framework.
Thanks for the comments. See you around here, hopefully.