Are missions and the doctrine of election at odds? I don’t think so.

Some missionaries have said that if the doctrine of election were true, they would never have become a missionary. Well, I say, “I am a missionary because the doctrine of election is true.” Where do I find this in the Bible?  In Acts 18, Paul is in Corinth.  You would not have found a more pagan city on the planet than Corinth in the first century.  Yet Jesus appeared to Paul in a vision and said, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you … Continue reading Are missions and the doctrine of election at odds? I don’t think so.

A Linguistic Approach to Tongues

I found these two articles by Robert Zerhusen very helpful on the study of speaking in tongues.  He gives compelling arguments to believe that tongues are known human languages in both Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 14, and not ecstatic utterances.  They were published by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals: Part 1: A New Look at Tongues Part 2: The Problem of Tongues in 1 Corinthians 14 Perhaps a great question to ask before and while you read is, “Who ever said that tongues has to be a miraculous gift?”  The Bible certainly say that, or really even imply it. … Continue reading A Linguistic Approach to Tongues

Heroin Addicts, White Shoes, and the Gospel

My friend Tom and I, were walking with some friends to the Johannesburg Art Museum during our summer project last month.  Instead of going in, we stayed in the park where hundreds of South Africans and Zimbabweans were laying around on the grass.  We walked up to a guy who waved to us.  As we approached him, another man came to us and said, “I’m not even going to make up a story for you.  Give me your money.” Now this was the first time that I’ve been in South Africa that I have been threatened to some degree.  I … Continue reading Heroin Addicts, White Shoes, and the Gospel

Pentecost, the Jews, and Salvation

God’s Big Story: View Series Continued from Part 5 At his ascension, Jesus looked at his disciples and said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8).  The whole world — literally “all the peoples,” according to Matthew 28:19 — will hear the gospel because of these apostles.  They will receive power from God to make it happen. On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were gathered together, and suddenly the Holy Spirit … Continue reading Pentecost, the Jews, and Salvation

Meditation on Acts 20:36-38

And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship. – Acts 20:36-38 This is such a beautiful passage in Scripture. The context is even more stunning. Paul was preparing to leaven for Jerusalem. He wanted to be there during Pentecost. He stopped quickly in Ephesus to encourage them. He said that … Continue reading Meditation on Acts 20:36-38