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Video Teaching – Jesus, the Apostle

by Scott

One thing this blog is definitely devoted to is presenting a positive case for the continuation of all gifts of the Spirit from Pentecost to the present (and beyond). While that might usually seem wrapped up in a defense of the gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, for me personally, I also believe in the continuation of all 5 ministry gifts in Ephesians 4:11-13 (or 4 giftings if one would like to argue such).

So, yes, though Marv (my partner in crime) and I would probably disagree on this subject, I do believe the ministry gift of apostle is still active and needed even today. I’ll post a rather detailed series in the near future on why I hold to such. But I at least wanted to share 2 teaching videos as a kind of taster.

The first video below is entitled Jesus, the Apostle and the teaching comes from a close friend and ministry partner of mine, Alan Scotland. He specifically looks at what it means to be an apostle and does this by considering specific aspects in the life of Jesus. Christ is the great apostle, so it’s best to look at His life and apostolic ministry.

Though the video is about 10 years old, the teaching remains extremely relevant to the topic at hand. I hope the video stirs you.

God’s Healing Power at Work

by Scott

A few week’s back, I shared a video of a friend of mine from a partner church in England. It was about some amazing work that took place during his trip to India in the spring of 2010.

Well, below is another video from another partner church of ours in Glastonbury, England. These amazing things are taking place in the town of Glastonbury. Exciting stuff!

Great Work in India

by Scott

Earlier in 2010, a friend of mine, Geoff Brown, headed to India to spend some time alongside the churches and leaders we work with in India.

Though my friend, Geoff, believed in the continuing miraculous works and gifts of the Holy Spirit, and had seen those and been used in some of those in the past, God really moved in incredible ways, well beyond what Geoff had expected.

Below is a short video in which Geoff shares some of the amazing work which God did while he was amongst our friends in India.

Books to Read for 2011

by Scott

After posting my top reads of 2010, I now post 10 books I hope to read over the 2011 year. Some of these were ones I did not read in 2010, so I hope to pick them up this year.

1. Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright. This is volume 2 of Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God. Of course, I would like to read the two other volumes – The New Testament and the People of God and The Resurrection of the Son of God. But I am not sure if they will make 2011, since they are each massive works. I’d like to get into them all, but I’m just not sure. I believe there will be a total of six volumes in this series when it is completed.

2. The Story of Christianity by Justo Gonzalez. I originally read this two-volume work about eight years ago when I took two semesters of church history. But I am interested in reading and studying more on church history, so I want to go back and start with this work.

3. Simply Christian by N.T. Wright. Yes, you can tell, I enjoy reading N.T. Wright. By looking at the Table of Contents of this book, it seems a little like Wright’s own version of a Mere Christianity.

4. Eat This Book by Eugene Peterson. I have read the first book in Peterson’s five ‘conversation’ books, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. I would like to read all five of these books, as I want to stay connected to more devotional books, as well as pastorally-focused books. Peterson is good at both.

5. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View by Richard Tarnas. I originally read this in university in a philosophy class, but I want to go back and re-read it to refresh my memory in regards to the development of western thought, at least from a non-Christian’s perspective. I don’t think I paid too much attention to the book when I had to read it some ten years ago.

6. I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution by Denis Lamoureux. I recently purchased this book. Due to my reading of Peter Enns’ book, Inspiration & Incarnation, and interaction on the BioLogos website, I am more interested in studying the view of evolutionary-creation (which maintains the divine, intelligent design of creation, but that God chose the method of what we identify as evolution to bring about His creation).

7. Theology After Darwin edited by R.J. Berry and Michael Northcott. I just purchased it and #6 above explains why.

8. Re: Mission: Biblical Mission for a PostBiblical Church by Andrew Perriman. I appreciate Perriman’s thoughts and writings, so I would like to dive into this book on how the church should engage in mission in the 21st century.

9.God’s Word in Human Words by Kenton Sparks. I have read Peter Enns’ book, Inspiration & Incarnation, and am halfway through Peter Rollins’, How (Not) to Speak of God. All of these books generally focus on how evangelicals can understand Scripture in light of critical scholarship. So I would like to dip into Sparks’ works.

10. The Fourth Book of The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I read the third book, Brisingr, in 2009. I am now awaiting the fourth and final book to hopefully be released in 2011. I truly enjoy fantasy fiction!

11. Possibly a re-reading of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, starting with The Hobbit. As I said, I love fantasy fiction, and this series might be the best of all time.

12. I did not specifically mention any books on the continuing work of the Holy Spirit. In 2010, I did read Jack Deere’s book, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit (here is my review). So I might pick up the second book, Surprised by the Voice of God.

Top Reads of 2010

by Scott

With Christmas over, the new year is rapidly approaching. So I thought I would list the top books I read over the course of this year. I was looking back over the list of books that I had hoped to read over 2010, which I posted in this article over at my personal blog, and I realise I did not get to some of them. But, needless to say, I was able to read others in their place.

1. Surprised By Hope by N.T. Wright. This is a fantastic read. While I never posted an official review, I did post many quotes from the book: post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4, post 5. In this treatise of his, Wright addresses particular topics such as the resurrection of Christ, the resurrection of believers, the kingdom of God, heaven, hell, paradise, purgatory, the soul and the body, the second coming, and how this all should practically affect the mission of the church. It is a top read for any believer (or non-believer for that fact).

2. Inspiration & Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns. This book is a scholarly, yet readable, book in which Enns looks to address many of the difficulties of understanding the Old Testament in light of much recent research surrounding the ancient near east and the Old Testament. While many evangelical scholars have been critical of the book, I believe Enns maintains a solid evangelical approach to the God-breathed and authoritative nature of Scripture while dealing with such difficulties. I have posted a two-part review here and here.

3. Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision by N.T. Wright. Here is Wright’s response to John Piper’s book, The Future of Justification. If you are not familiar with the discussions surrounding justification, especially the new Pauline perspective (of which Wright is a proponent), you can read my summary here. Piper is of the traditional reformed perspective, which is quite opposed to much of the new Pauline perspective. While I have not posted a complete review of this book as well, I have posted significant quotes here, here and here. It is my desire to review the highlighted parts of both Wright’s and Piper’s books and post some thoughts comparing and contrasting the two works.

4. Surprised by the Power of the Spirit by Jack Deere. This book links in quite well with To Be Continued. A former professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, Deere had to leave the seminary because of his theological and experiential change from cessationism to continuationism. In this book, Deere addresses issues biblically and theologically, as well as he shares solid accounts of the work of the Spirit in his life and the lives of others. My review can be found here.

5. A Generous Orthodoxy by Brian McLaren. As a leader within the emerging-emergent church movement, this is probably McLaren’s most known work. There are plenty of evangelicals that loathe McLaren, some seeing him even as a heretic. I don’t agree with all of his thoughts in this book, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call him a heretic. In all, McLaren has written this treatise, now probably read by multiple millions, to stir the church to open their hearts and minds to those outside their own specific church circle. This is not too easy for many a Christians. My review can be found here.

6. A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren. If people had problems with A Generous Orthodoxy, then I cannot even imagine them being at all interested in this book. In the work, McLaren asks 10 hard questions that many evangelicals avoid asking. Again, while I did not agree with every thought in the book, and I disagree with even more in this book than in A Generous Orthodoxy, I still believe the 10 questions need to be asked by the church in the 21st century. My review is in two parts: part 1, part 2.

7. The Future of the People of God: Reading Romans Before and After Western Christendom by Andrew Perriman. I was glad to receive a personal copy from Perriman. Whereas the new Pauline perspective is a challenge to much of the western, reformed perspective on Romans, Perriman takes the challenge even further, looking to more firmly situate the book within its historical-narrative context. My review can be found here. I also frequent Perriman’s blog.

8. Love & War by John and Stasi Eldredge. I generally appreciate books by John Eldredge, i.e., The Way of the Wild Heart. While some marriage books can feel of the self-help genre, I don’t believe this book falls into that category. The book was not life-transforming for me, per se, as I have read some of these thoughts before in other books by the Eldredges. But, still, it was a good read because it was honest, it was real, it was personal, and it addressed things that might not show up in your average Christian book on marriage. Here is my review.

9. The Confession by John Grisham. This is one fiction book I recently read, being Grisham’s newest release. I have read all his books, as I do enjoy titles of the crime-suspense genre. You can read my thoughts on the book in this recent review.

10. Rooms by James Rubart. This is a fiction book that was recommended to me by a friend. Interestingly, the plot has a feel to it like The Shack, but people should not struggle as much theologically with this book. I have only finished it this week and so I will post a review in the days to come.

I know I have recently been on the book theme quite a lot, but I do hope to post the top books I hope to read in 2011 over at The Prodigal Thought. Happy New Year!