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Answering the Cessationists’ Case against Continuing Spiritual Gifts, by Jon Ruthven

Answering the Cessationists’ Case against Continuing Spiritual Gifts, by Jon Ruthven

In the preceding article, we left our friend, George, the novice charismatic whose excited testimony ran into a wall of biblical-sounding arguments from his pastor, a cessationist.1 This article offered a kind of pocket guide of “pro” charismatic arguments which George (or you, gentle reader) can photocopy and send to your cessationist friends for comment. […]

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Bible Answers about Continuing Spiritual Gifts for Your Non-Charismatic Friends

Bible Answers about Continuing Spiritual Gifts for Your Non-Charismatic Friends

  George could feel his face growing red and hot. He was embarrassed—utterly stymied and tongue-tied. His excited story about his recent filling with the Spirit and his healing was met with a long, Bible-based refutation by his pastor and friend. “George,” he concluded, “the Bible says these experiences of yours cannot be valid. True […]

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Should Christians Expect Miracles Today? Objections and Answers from the Bible, Part 1, by Wayne A. Grudem

Should Christians Expect Miracles Today? Objections and Answers from the Bible, Part 1, by Wayne A. Grudem

Should we expect the Holy Spirit to work in powerful, miraculous ways in connection with the preaching of the gospel and the life of the Church today? This has been the claim of John Wimber and the Vineyard movement, and of others within what is called the “third wave” of renewal by the Holy Spirit.1  […]

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Praying in the Spirit: Better Than I Was, Not Better Than You Are

Praying in the Spirit: Better Than I Was, Not Better Than You Are

The fifth chapter of the Praying in the Spirit Series. “You Pentecostals think you’re better than anyone else, don’t you?” The question startled the young Florida pastor attending his first ministerial association meeting. He stammered briefly and then with wisdom replied, “No, not at all. I am simply better than I was before.” The question […]

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Between Two Extremes: Balancing Word-Christianity and Spirit-Christianity, a review essay by Amos Yong

Between Two Extremes: Balancing Word-Christianity and Spirit-Christianity, a review essay by Amos Yong

  Paul Cain and R. T. Kendall, The Word and the Spirit: Reclaiming Your Covenant with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God (Eastbourne, E. Sussex: Kingsway Publications, 1996; Orlando, Florida: Creation House, 1998), xviii + 87 pages, ISBN 9780884195443. In 1992, Paul Cain and R.T. Kendall together gave six addresses at the Wembley […]

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How to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

How to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

  Many questions have been asked about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Is it truly God’s promise to every believer for today? If so, Is there any reason why all Christians should not receive it? What are the practical steps we need to take in order to receive this baptism? Can some things hinder […]

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The Kingdom and the Power, reviewed by Jon Ruthven

The Kingdom and the Power, reviewed by Jon Ruthven

  Gary S. Greig and Kevin N. Springer, eds., The Kingdom and the Power: Are Healing and Spiritual Gifts Used by Jesus and the Early Church Meant for the Church Today? A Biblical Look at How to Bring the Gospel to the World with Power (Regal Books, 1993), 463 pages. Thirty years ago, when I […]

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Roger Stronstad: The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke

Roger Stronstad: The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke

  Roger Stronstad, The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke (Hendrickson, 1984), 83 pages. For many years Pentecostals have been known as doers of the Word, but not as theologians who write of it. Roger Stronstad is among a growing body of scholars seeking to change this and provide a solid theological basis, within an evangelical […]

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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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