Podcast – The Need for Apostolic Ministry Today

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by Scott

Here is my most recent podcast episode at Prodigal Thought Podcast.

In particular, this podcast looks at a topic dear to my heart – the need for apostles, or apostolic ministry, today. I not only discuss some passages of Scripture, but the central reason why apostolic ministry is needed – because of who Jesus is.

Listen to or download the podcast episode below (24:38 in length). Continue reading

Wait, Paul! Do You Want Us to Speak in Tongues or Not?

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by Scott

The tongue – Scripture tells us it can be a great blessing and a grave problem (James 3:1-12). And don’t we, especially I, know this truth.

But still, the tongue can be used for blessing. And I believe one way it can be used is not just through kind words of encouragement and comfort, but also through the oft-misunderstood gift of tongues.

We don’t really have much detailed instruction by way of Scripture of how this gift works. We have a some directives in 1 Cor 14, as well as examples throughout the book of Acts. But there definitely isn’t a guide that says: this is exactly how you do it!

And, again, I wouldn’t expect Scripture to give exhaustive commands about this gift, since it is not some kind of guidebook listing detailed instructions on the how to’s for everything it touches upon.

But here is where things get a bit sticky with the gift of tongues: In reading 1 Cor 14, it seems Paul tells us this gift is a beneficial gift to be utilised amongst God’s people. But on the other hand, it seems we’re told almost the opposite. It’s going to cause problems for non-Christians, so don’t use it.

Which is it? Continue reading

Podcast – Forming a Healthy Understanding of the Holy Spirit

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by Scott

A short time ago, on To Be Continued, I mentioned that I had begun a podcast entitled Prodigal Thought Podcast. Recently, I posted a new episode that relates to the continuing work of the Holy Spirit.

As a charismatic, I long for us to have a healthy and holistic understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit. So I take up that topic in this episode, particularly encouraging us to allow the book of Acts to teach us. In the podcast, I refer to a specific book, so I wanted to put a link to that book: The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke by Roger Stronstad.

Listen to or download the podcast episode below (16:25 in length). Continue reading

Archbishop Welby and Speaking in Tongues

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by Scott

Just over a week ago, I was made aware of an interesting article about Justin Welby, the recently appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, being the main leader of the Anglican Church worldwide.

In this piece, from the British news-site The Telegraph, Welby was interviewed by a former schoolmate, Charles Moore. There are a wide range of items discussed in the featured article – from his upbringing to his conversion at age 19.

However, I found one point of discussion very interesting. In particular, we read: Continue reading

Does Christ’s Atoning Death Provide Healing?

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by Scott

One of the big questions that arises in discussions about miraculous healing is this: Does Christ’s atoning death on the cross provide healing?

Those who affirm that the atonement is our provision for healing will usually refer to 3 passages of Scripture: Isa 53:4-5; Matt 8:14-17; and 1 Pet 2:24.

I quote them below for reference: Continue reading