Category Archives: Holy Spirit and Providence

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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The Holy Spirit: I Get Emails

I get emails — Brother Guin, in your book, The Holy Spirit and Revolutionary Grace, page 23, you state that Jesus told his apostles that he would send “him” not an “it” in John 14:17.  However when the Greek text … Continue reading

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An Exchange of Comments with Ray: Ray’s Comments

First, Ray’s comment to which I was responding, and then his three later comments. I quoted nearly all of his first comment in mine, but figure he’s entitled to have the full text posted. Ray at 7:56 PM. I figure the reason … Continue reading

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An Exchange of Comments with Ray: My Comment

Ray’s comment and my reply were deleted in the restoring of the site from back up. Here’s my comment from earlier this evening. I’ll post Ray’s responses in a second posts: Outreachdownenray wrote, I figure the reason Jay thinks the … Continue reading

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Thought Question: Laying Out Fleece

We’re all familiar with the story of Gideon, who twice laid out fleece as a means of confirming God’s will. It’s in Judges. Nowadays, many good Christians attempt to follow in Gideon’s footsteps, “laying out a fleece,” to determine God’s … Continue reading

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