Spirit-Baptism, Second Blessing??

 Some people talk about a "second blessing" or a "baptism of the Spirit" that not all Christians receive.  This view is based on several places in Acts where some people were baptized and then later received the Holy Spirit.  For example, in Acts 19 a group of people from Ephesus were baptized into John's baptism… Continue reading Spirit-Baptism, Second Blessing??

Tongues Now Passed Away (Augustine)

 I enjoy reading Augustine's various writings.  Even though I don't always agree with him, his insight is helpful, his writing is stimulating, and he was gifted to explain the truth in a captivating way.  This morning when I was reading his comments on 1 John 3:23-24 I was struck by how Augustine spoke about the… Continue reading Tongues Now Passed Away (Augustine)

God’s New Language

Here are a few thought provoking words for the day from Stanley Hauerwas. "At Pentecost God created a new language, but it was a language that is more than words.  It is instead a community whose memory of its savior creates the miracle of being a people whose very differences contribute to their unity.  We… Continue reading God’s New Language