The Resurgence of Calvinism

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Calvinism is increasingly becoming identified with contemporary evangelicalism. Let's look at some of the evidences: Britain, after 200 years of Methodism, has emerged with an almost exclusively Calvinist evangelical community. The Southern Baptist church, the largest American evangelical denomination,was for more than one hundred years essentially Armianian but is having a resurgence of Calvinism. The Presbyterian Church of America, strongly Reformed in doctrine,  has become the de facto Read more [...]
Categories: State of the Church

20th Century US Revival Movements

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1906 - Azusa Street -- Started the Pentecostal Movement.  Speads like wildfire around America and around the world for decades to come. 1950s - Healing Revival -- Brought Divine healing to America. 1950s - The Latter Rain -- Contemporary to the Healing Revival.  Eventually reshaped the vision of church. 1960s - The Charismatic Movement -- The Holy Spirit invades the traditional church. 1970s - The Jesus Movement -- Massive numbers of hippies get saved in Pentecostal revival as the hippie Read more [...]
Categories: History

Reading The Bible

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Reading the Bible is not as simple as it sounds. I think the hardest thing is that we bring so much to it through our unknown pre-suppositions. Different parts of the Body of Christ use different hermeneutical systems. The way you read the Bible will underlie your entire Christian experience, also entire movements. Now that I've been under several systems, I've developed a real interest in starting from the best possible angle. Here are several approaches used today: Text and Background -- Read more [...]
Categories: Bible Interpretation

Prophets That I Know About

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The prophetic movement began in 1948 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. A group of Pentecostal Bible students from the Sharon Orphanage and Schools began fasting after some of their leaders had driven to Vancouver to see William Branham in person. Branham's gift was so amazing that they began to seek God to see similar results. Several weeks into the fast, there was an powerful outpouring of personal prophecy, and several other things. These events became the Read more [...]
Categories: State of the Church

Post-Reformation Hermeneutics

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In the last post, I talked about various contributions made to Christian epistemology through Church History. Upon the core of post-Reformation Epistemology is hermeneutics. The seminal feature of the Reformation was its emphasis on the importance of Scripture for determining the truth, and therefore the great determinant factor in such a context is the method of obtaining truth from the Scripture-Hermeneutics. What Martin Luther initiated in his protracted struggle with the Catholic hierarchy was Read more [...]
Categories: Bible Interpretation

Christian Epistemology and Church History

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One's epistemology, or method of ascertaining the truth, is the foundation stone of all understanding. Not only is our epistemology the foundation of our own personal understanding, it is the foundation of culture. Culture, in turn, is decisive force in human history. It is through culture that the Christ is either corporately resisted or corporately welcomed, and it is therefore culture to which God's hand of divine government ultimately responds. If history turns on our corporate method of obtaining Read more [...]
Categories: History

A Vision of Church

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No Substitutes I believe the church in America is in a moment of transition and also in a moment of emerging hunger, and the current season of my life has caused me to share in this hunger. I have been exposed to radically different expressions of what church is supposed to be, and while each has elements which I cherish, none is really satisfying. A new paradigm must emerge which leverages the best of existing paradigms and perhaps other features which have not yet been introduced to the church. The Read more [...]
Categories: Church Practice