Many churches will have celebrated the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost this Sunday, a celebration of a real powerful historical event that came about as the result of Jesus's ascension to the Father, and the fulfilment of the promise of the Father. In doing so though we don't just celebrate a past event but … Continue reading Pentecost today or yesterday?
'Charismatic' is frequently used to describe a gifted, talented, naturally outstanding person or a larger than life personality, but that's not how I'm using the term and it's not how the apostle Paul used it either. When Paul used the term he used it to describe the special abilities the Spirit gives to ordinary people, … Continue reading How Charismatic Are You?
Being a Christian and doing Church is meant to be supernatural - it's about a Spirit led and empowered life, a community of believers listening to and moving in the Spirit. It's not a club, it's not a business, and it doesn't operate the way they do, neither should it. In fact doing things the … Continue reading Desiring the Gifts of the Spirit
Church gets a lot of negative press these days, with some saying that they are happy to believe in Jesus but want nothing to do with the church, and others talking about the potential end of it, and yet the church is the big idea of Jesus and what he said he would build, so we … Continue reading Encountering God in the Church
The recent debate over Strange Fire has made me think again about what it means to be a Christian, and for the church to be truly Christian. One of the dangers of the debate over Strange Fire, and a danger for those who call themselves Reformed (I don't particularly like labels as you are not … Continue reading Christianity is Supernatural