Category Archives: Church of Christ Deism

Church of Christ Deism: Testimonies

Regular readers know that I’m big on testimonies. I mean, if God is alive and active through his Spirit, then some of our fellow Christians should have experienced that activity. And it just happens that in my congregation, we just … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: Wrapping Up

I’m probably going to make some readers mad. It’s inevitable, I’m afraid. You see, ever since I first started teaching, over 1800 classes ago, I find that students get upset when I raise an issue, present alternative interpretations, and then … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: Showing the Spirit

D. A. Carson has written a masterful book on the Holy Spirit called Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14. Carson is one of the world’s premier conservative theologians working today, is not a charismatic, and works … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: Spiritual Gifts in the New Testament

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details that we don’t step back to look at the big picture. Let’s take a moment to consider the New Testament’s big picture of spiritual gifts. We begin with the Gospels, of … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: Do Spiritual Gifts Come Exclusively from the Laying On of Hands?

It’s been argued by many that spiritual gifts died out in the generation following the apostles because the gifts were imparted exclusively by the laying on of apostolic hands. In the Churches of Christ, this teaching has taken on near-canonical … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: In Response to Alan

Alan Rouse was kind enough to critique the first post in this series in considerable detail, and I’ve been too tied up with GraceConversation and some other things to give Alan’s comment the response it deserves. So … finally … … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: The Old Testament Background, Part 3

Joel Perhaps the most famous prophecy of the Spirit among the Churches of Christ is from Joel, because Peter preached this scriptures in Acts 2 — (Joel 2:28-31)  ‘And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: The Old Testament Background, Part 2

The Prophets and Writings In the Psalms and Prophets we see, of course, the work of the Spirit through God’s prophets. And we see many powerful stories of how God’s Spirit led his prophets to confront kings, challenge the people … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: The Old Testament Background, Part 1

One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in the last few years has been to treat the Old Testament with the respect it deserves. As Paul wrote Timothy, (2 Tim 3:16-17)  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for … Continue reading

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Church of Christ Deism: The Church Fathers

As regular readers know, I’m not a fan of arguing doctrine from the Church Fathers (or Patristics) — uninspired, early Christian writers. However, when the argument is made that miracles ending when the New Testament was completed or when the … Continue reading

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