The Fallacy of Spiritual Gifts
God uses weak people.
Evangelical Adoption. As the charismatics pointed the way, Evangelicals were forced to engage. Worship wars soon erupted. Preaching became more personal, less formulaic.
Our Spiritual Gifts Have an Expiration Date
Let’s rejoice in them—while looking forward to a time when they’re no longer needed.
Both can be overemphasized by enthusiasts, like the Israelites who kept their manna until the next morning only to find it had gone rotten, or the hyper-charismatics who get more
3 Important Church Trends in the Next 10 Years
Christianity in the United States may look very different in 10 years.
The Charismatics and Pentecostals have already won the worship war—most churches are now comfortable with what would be "Calvary Chapel" worship in 1980.
My Weird Childhood Faith Isn’t So Weird Anymore
Witnessing Christianity’s shift over the charismatic church.
People thought charismatics were dangerous, the weird ones, controversial. Yet as the years have passed, I witnessed the shift in how charismatics are received in the larger church.
Why Do These Pentecostals Keep Growing?
Many evangelical churches and denominations are in a state of plateau or decline. Why aren’t Pentecostals?
Many evangelical churches and denominations are in a state of plateau or decline. Why aren't Pentecostals?
Morning Roundup 5/26/15
Marriage Rate Hits Low; Evangelical Stability; Theology Feud in Arizona
the 'body of Christ' in Fountain Hills.” Another stated, “Imagine Baptists united with Lutherans working side-by-side with Presbyterians, all while holding the raised hands of charismatics
Morning Roundup 7/24/14
Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights?; New Calvinism; Charismatic Catholics
None of that would look unusual in Middle Tennessee's Pentecostal- leaning congregations, but these charismatics are challenging the notion of Catholicism as a buttoned-up faith.
Urban Mix-and-Match Religion Didn't Start with Nick Cannon
Why this 'new spirituality' is really just old-fashioned syncretism.
church to affirm their traditional values and provide a sense of community, many country migrants encountered black Jews, black Muslims, black Catholics, black charismatics, and black
I Was an Ash Wednesday Rookie
How the liturgical service enriched my non-liturgical faith.
about it. My experience with Advent was limited to chocolate-laden drugstore calendars. Pentecost was for the charismatics down the street. And Lent
Cover Story: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church
Some visitors claim to be healed. Others claim to receive direct words from God. Is it 'real'--or dangerous?
“We are unapologetically and happily charismatics. If you don't like charismatics, you are not going to like us.” ~ Dann Farrelly, dean, Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.
Understanding the Charismatic Movement
Over 300 million people in the world are considered charismatic Christians.
The charismatics tended to be the evangelicals and as the mainline denominations became more progressive theologically, the charismatics began to be increasingly uncomfortable.
Surprise: The African Church Is Not Very Charismatic
Only a third of the continent’s Christians are Pentecostals and other renewalists. And they’re facing backlash.
wrong. But he hasn't emphasized his critique as much as he did when publishing The Charismatics (1978) and its 1993 followup, Charismatic Chaos.
Morning Roundup 07/17/13
Pope Francis; Church Staff Members; Islam 101; Calvinists & Charismatics
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Continualist Christians: An Overview
An overview and brief history of the Pentecostal / Charismatic / Third Wave Movements.
I'm thankful today for my many faithful friends in the continualist movement, represented by Pentecostals, charismatics, and Third Wave Christians around the world.