Does God reign?

Does God reign? Is he faithful? Two very big questions. Studying the books of Ezra and Nehemiah recently I've been stuck afresh by the fact that God does indeed reign and he is indeed a God of covenant faithfulness. The Jews had been in exile for 70 years. Time to get comfortable - they were … Continue reading Does God reign?

A Spirit led People and Church

Sometimes we are too familiar with the Bible, we read it, we know what's coming. And because we do we content ourselves with the surface story and fail to notice what's going on underneath. Acts is just such a book. We are used to Pentecost and the various outpourings of the Spirit, to Peter and … Continue reading A Spirit led People and Church

Christmas is Coming – has Come

Sunday it suddenly dawned on me that we are in the run up to Christmas! No, it's not like I didn't know, after all at church we've been preparing for weeks, but rather in the busyness of life I hadn't realised it was that close - I mean,┬áthat close! I wonder whether it was a … Continue reading Christmas is Coming – has Come

Strange Fire and Prophecy

The recent Strange Fire conference (and book) has attempted to restate an old argument of cessationists re the gift of prophecy, that there was only ever one type, and that it was inerrant and totally authoritative and the basis of the Word itself, and therefore all other prophecy is false and such prophecy and people … Continue reading Strange Fire and Prophecy

Strange Fire and the Corinthians

Reflecting on the Strange Fire Conference and Scripture one can't help but wonder how John MacArthur would have written to the church at Corinth. Here was a church where things were out of order - here was charismatic chaos! And what is Paul's answer, what you are doing is of the devil? Or/and, I don't … Continue reading Strange Fire and the Corinthians

Strange Fire 2

Well the Strange Fire Conference has certainly stirred something up, let's pray that all sides benefit from the continuing conversation. Having been brought up a cessationist I have been for many years a scripturally and experientially convinced continuationist, though I must confess I did have a spell where because of the abuse of spiritual gifts … Continue reading Strange Fire 2

Strange Fire

This week has seen the Strange Fire Conference in the United States hosted by John MacArthur, a conference accusing those in the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement of being in error, of wrongly dividing Scripture and encouraging experiences and ministries that are false and so leading the church of God astray. The big questions being asked … Continue reading Strange Fire