Category Archives: That Which Is Perfect

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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“That Which Is Perfect”: Laying On Hands (expanded)

It’s long been argued that miracles died out a generation after the apostles, because miraculous gifts were given exclusively through the laying on of apostolic hands. And there are indeed a number of verses that suggest this to be true. … Continue reading

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“That Which Is Perfect”: What Does It Mean to Know “Face to Face”?

[With thanks to Charles McLean for his post found here.] As previously discussed, both 1 Cor. 13:8-14 and Eph. 4:11-14 promise the mature Christian a personal knowledge of Jesus–to know “face to face” or to have the “knowledge of the … Continue reading

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“That Which Is Perfect”: Implications for the Churches of Christ

I am deeply concerned about a creeping Deism within the Churches of Christ. Following Campbell’s lead, many among us have long denied the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We just have trouble getting comfortable with the mystical and miraculous. … Continue reading

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“That Which Is Perfect”: Have Miracles Ceased?

And so, does this mean that tongues and other miraculous manifestations are with us today? Well, it’s not the purpose of these posts to answer all the questions–largely because I don’ t have all the answers. I have no reason … Continue reading

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“That Which Is Perfect”: Are Tongues for the Mature?

1 Cor. 13 may not tell us whether miracles have ended, but it does clearly tell us that the ability to speak in tongues or even to prophesy is no proof of spiritual excellence! Rather, these are given as crutches … Continue reading

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“That Which Is Perfect”: What Paul Really Meant

I grew up at a time when Pentecostalism was highly controversial in the Churches of Christ. Many churches split over the issue. As a result of the controversy, the Churches had to develop a response to the question of whether … Continue reading

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