The power of vision

Without his own ‎vision Lot had to choose what looked like Ede…and pay the price for it. Abram was only limited by what he believed (Gen 13). Which when you have God-given vision is no limitation at all. Such is the power of vision.

Don't limit God - scriptural reasons why we shoudn't box God in in our thinking and asking

Don’t limit God

Sometimes people limit God through a) religiousness or b) legalism: “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “(a)I will not ask, and (b)I will not put the Lord to the test.” And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is…

The Charismatic Theology of St Luke (2nd edition)

Almost 30 years after Roger Stronstrad reworked his masters’ thesis[1] into book form, many of the lines expounded in Charismatic Theology of St. Luke have gained wide acceptance. At the same time both the pentecostal/charismatic church and the body of academic work associated with it have grown enormously. While primarily a work of biblical study, theologians as diverse as Clark Pinnock and pentecostals John Christopher Thomas and Martin Mittelstadt point to the influence Stronstrad’s work has had on them and this part of the academy in general.[2]


If He says it, we can do it

My concern is that this whole Jesus-did-so-we-don’t-need-to is as problematic as overly simplistic understandings of do-what-Jesus-did thinking. And worse still that it makes people passive about stepping out of their comfort zone when it comes to living their faith. That’s why I posted this response in the comment section of the above post and have since formulated it in a blog post of its own (see “Walking on water”). This prompted some comment replies and then a full blog post answer (“Who Knew Not Walking on Water was so Controversial!”), to which I now reply. But before I do that, may I first pay tribute to the thorough and civil way that Jonathan Black has engaged with me on this subject. I appreciate this inter-Christian dialogue despite the fact that we hail from quite different streams of pentecostalism. As Prov 27:17 says, “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.

Bowed down, but looking up.

Share Jesus

Had a great conversation with a couple of Jehovah’s witnesses today. They came to the door peddling Watchtower literature and it was an honour to share Jesus with them.

Some people say Jesus as a swear word, some people (for example in Central and South American countries) are even named Jesus. But what really counts is who you say He is.

Giving in Love = Powerful giving

This year is all about walking in love and and seeing His glory revealed. And so our hearts desire is to embody this attitude in every area of our life and worship – including our giving. Giving is pointless without love: 1 Corinthian 13 says: “If I [can] speak in the tongues of men and…

Praise God in all circumstances

I love the way that God is so unlimited by our circumstances. I love the way that there are no barriers that withstand His word. I love the way that he speaks through anyone and anything, anywhere. I have been travelling for work in China. On the evening of my second to last day, at…