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Praying in the Spirit: Just What Is the Nature of the Prayer Language?

Praying in the Spirit: Just What Is the Nature of the Prayer Language?

The fourth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. I was in a meeting recently where a man began to offer a prophetic word, but before he finished a woman interrupted him with a message in tongues. It was obvious for several reasons that she was out of order: (1) She interrupted the speaker; […]

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Filled with the Holy Spirit

Filled with the Holy Spirit

  In this guest editorial, Pastor Mur shares his memories of being filled with the Holy Spirit and how he was reminded of this blessing of God while reading Robert Graves’ article, “The Focus of the Charismatic Experience” that appeared in Summer 1999.   Robert Graves’ excellent article on “The Focus of the Charismatic Experience” […]

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Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Four Views

Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Four Views

  Wayne Grudem, ed., Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Four Views (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1996), 368 pages, ISBN 9780310201557. Are the supernatural gifts for today? In this book, four different authors from four different viewpoints have sought to answer that question. Could it be better? The four views represented are Pentecostal/charismatic, Third Wave, […]

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Praying in the Spirit: Focus of the Charismatic Experience: Tongues, the Holy Spirit, or Christ?

Praying in the Spirit: Focus of the Charismatic Experience: Tongues, the Holy Spirit, or Christ?

The third chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. The strongest criticisms leveled at the charismatic renewal seem to center on two theories: one, the experience is tongues-centered, and two, the experience is Spirit-centered. The two have in common, of course, the inference that the source and focus of the baptism and its attendant gifts […]

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Baptism in the Spirit: Is it Normal to Receive At or After Conversion?

Baptism in the Spirit: Is it Normal to Receive At or After Conversion?

  Pastor Michael Peters looks at the Baptism with the Spirit in light of the whole salvation experience.   Editorial Introduction This article is a chapter from Michael Peter’s book In Defense of Charismatics. In Defense was written as a response to John MacArthur’s book Charismatic Chaos and as a defense of charismatic beliefs and […]

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The Kingdom and the Spirit

The Kingdom and the Spirit

  In what way is the kingdom of God manifested in the time between the first and second coming of Jesus Christ? This question has been a prime preoccupation in discussions concerning the kingdom or reign of God. In this investigation we shall take a first step towards an answer by examining the nature of […]

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Zeb Bradford Long and Douglas McMurray: Receiving the Power

Zeb Bradford Long and Douglas McMurray: Receiving the Power

  Zeb Bradford Long and Douglas McMurray, Receiving the Power: Preparing the Way for The Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 1996), 251 pages. The authors of the book The Collapse of the Brass Heaven have teamed up again to write about finding power to do what Jesus did. Coming from a Third Wave or […]

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Praying in the Spirit: Some Marvelous Effects of Praying in the Spirit

Praying in the Spirit: Some Marvelous Effects of Praying in the Spirit

The second chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. Most evangelicals believe that one always remembers the day he or she became a Christian. I remember the day very well. I was alone in a half‑completed apartment building off Interstate 1‑75 in Atlanta, Georgia. I was taking a lunch break from my summer job as […]

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Praying in the Spirit: What They're Saying Now: Some Non-Charismatics Reevaluate Tongues

Praying in the Spirit: What They’re Saying Now: Some Non-Charismatics Reevaluate Tongues

The first chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. Bow-tied waiters glide across the plush red carpet. Sharply dressed gentlemen and elegantly appareled ladies devour crispy bacon, spicy sausage, and fluffy scrambled eggs. The smiling couple beside you probably has a college degree or two. Perhaps they are doctors, dentists, or lawyers. After the […]

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Gary Derickson: The Cessation of Healing Miracles in Paul’s Ministry

Gary Derickson: The Cessation of Healing Miracles in Paul’s Ministry

Gary W. Derickson, “The Cessation of Healing Miracles in Paul’s Ministry”, Bibliotheca Sacra, Issue 155 (July-September 1998), p. 299-315. This article by the Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Western Baptist College attempts to show that Paul’s ability to heal diminished towards the end of his ministry and finally ceased. Professor Derickson gives an introduction […]

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William De Arteaga: Quenching the Spirit

William De Arteaga: Quenching the Spirit

William De Arteaga, Quenching the Spirit (Orlando: Creation House, 1992, 1996), 358 pages, ISBN 9780884194323. William De Arteaga defines pharisaism as a religious attitude and heresy that so affirms the role of tradition that a new move of the Holy Spirit is often identified as demonic (p.335). Quenching the Spirit was written to confront that […]

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The Baptism with the Spirit—Distinct from Salvation? by Michael D. Peters

The Baptism with the Spirit—Distinct from Salvation? by Michael D. Peters

Pastor Michael Peters looks at the Baptism with the Spirit in light of the whole salvation experience. Editorial Introduction This article is a chapter from Michael Peter’s book In Defense of Charismatics. In Defense was written as a response to John MacArthur’s book Charismatic Chaos and as a defense of charismatic beliefs and teachings. Peters […]

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B. J. Oropeza: A Time to Laugh

B. J. Oropeza: A Time to Laugh

B. J. Oropeza, A Time to Laugh: The Holy Laughter Phenomenon Examined (Peabody, Mass.:  Hendrickson, 1995),  194 pages with ancient sources index. In this 1995 book by B. J. Oropeza, a Pentecostal/charismatic examines the holy laughter phenomenon. This well-documented and well-researched book attempts to present the background and beginnings of the holy laughter movement and well […]

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Jim Cymbala: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Jim Cymbala: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Jim Cymbala with Dean Merrill, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997), 188 pages, ISBN 9780310211884. Jim Cymbala is the pastor of  the Brooklyn Tabernacle, New York, NY. Pastored by Cymbala since 1972, the Tabernacle has, as of 1996, began holding four […]

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