Category Archives: Holy Spirit and Providence

Assembly 2.0: Part 11.10: Tongues and Prophecy Today; Testimony

Conclusions regarding Tongues and Prophecy for Today I think there’s great wisdom in Martin Luther’s teaching on the subject, as summarized by Foller, On the one hand, Luther may say that in the present time, miracles are no longer necessary, … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.9: When Did Prophecy End?

When Did Prophecy End? Many theorize that prophecy was received by the laying on of apostolic hands, meaning that the gift ended in the early Second Century. Others believe that prophecy and other miraculous gifts ended when the NT was … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.8: Tongues; Ecstatic Prophecy

Tongues 1 Cor 14 tells us that the early church practiced “tongues” in the assembly, and this was approved so long as the tongues were translated by someone with the gift of interpretation. We really don’t know what “tongues” were. … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.7: Prophecy, Introduction

Prophecy Of course, we know from scripture that the earliest assemblies included prophecy and speaking in tongues. 1 Cor 11 and 14 are quite clear on this point. It’s been traditionally taught (not just just in the Churches of Christ) that … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 5 (“maturity”)

Another possible reading of “that which is perfect” or teleios is “maturity.” However, the more general definition is — In the NT “perfect” is usually the tr[anslation] of teleios, primarily, “having reached the end” … L. Walker, “Perfect, Perfection,” ed. … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 4 (“abides”)

Faith after Jesus returns The argument that faith ends at the Second Coming is usually based on — (Heb 11:1 ESV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. The idea is that … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 3 (“face to face”)

On the other hand, as clear as it seems to be that Paul is looking ahead to the Second Coming, Paul’s language leaves us to wonder what he means when he writes, (1Co 13:13 ESV)  So now faith, hope, and love … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 2 (miracles)

When Alexander Campbell wrote and preached in the early 1800s, he struggled against teachings of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and similar denominations that taught that the Spirit presently inspired believers at the same level as scripture. As a result, … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 1 (the Second Coming)

(1Co 13:8 ESV) Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. N. T. Wright gives the context, in particular, the fact that Paul now looks … Continue reading

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Jonathan Storment: Strange Fire and Churches of Christ

I’m looking forward to working on Wineskins together with its featured authors (see list in the righthand column). Among the featured authors is Jonathan Storment, the pulpit minister for the Highlands congregation in Abilene, who blogs at Part of a … Continue reading

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