I spent years deliberately avoiding signs and wonders. Although I accepted their biblical legitimacy, I thought they were mostly frivolous. I saw them as the concerns of weak-minded people — parlor tricks for those devoid of sound doctrine.
Nevertheless, God challenged me in these assumptions. Through prayer and spiritual encounter, I began to perceive new realities.
Within time, I began to call out healings in church services and see people encounter breakthrough. When I went...Read More
First-century followers of Jesus grasped the relationship between miracles and gospel-proclamation. What's said and what's displayed are merely different sides of the same coin.
An example of this outlook is demonstrated in the Book of Hebrews. The text reads:
“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders, and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to h...Read More
"Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel'” (Mark 1:14b-15).
While the message of the Kingdom of God is undoubtedly prevalent in Scripture, Christians seem to be preoccupied with other things.
For example, in America, you often hear the “gospel of salvation.” Every Sunday, thousands of Bible-believing pastors draw upon the Gospel of John to tell their congr...Read More
Many insist that the Book of Revelation was written in 96 AD. They do so primarily because an earlier date of composition would suggest John was prophesying the 70AD destruction of Jerusalem. Although references to first-century events would have made sense to early readers (They would be cognizant of the destruction of Herod's Temple, ending of Mosiac sacrifices, changing priesthood, etc.), this approach is dismissed because it undermines popular apocalyptic interpretations. Many are so enam...Read More
Whether entirely cognizant of it or not, you'll always find yourself embedded in an unfolding narrative. Even many of the older stories are still reflected upon long after the fact. What has been said, continues to shape what is being said.
Moreover. in interpreting the Biblical narrative, four different voices are coloring your understanding of things. I'm convinced that each of these groupings of characters must be carefully reconsidered. Despite what you imagine, no one ever truly r...Read More