Is the church still useful?
“You who are conversant with human history will bear me out when I say that the whole history of the church is a series of miracles - a long stream of wonders. A little spark kindled in the midst of oceans, and yet all her boisterous waves cannot quench it.”
“You who are conversant with human history will bear me out when I say that the whole history of the church is a series of miracles – a long stream of wonders. A little spark kindled in the midst of oceans, and yet all her boisterous waves cannot quench it.”
Devotion & Unity: Church membership in secular culture
...it is a practice through which we connect with each other, anticipating the dynamic, unifying work of the Holy Spirit among us, making from our many parts a single body and, through us, showing to the world what the culture of the Kingdom of God looks like.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and […]
Pentecost in the Secular Experience
I am convinced that the way forward for pentecostals in secular culture starts by fully embracing (1) a theology of encounter, (2) the sent-ness of our spirituality and (3) an understanding of Jesus’ (and therefore our) ministry as bringing mercy to the fringes.
My family’s experience with Pentecost traces back to sawdust trails and revival altar calls 4 generations ago on both sides of my family. Pentecostalism is the only form of Christianity with which my family has been acquainted and as such is embedded deep into our family culture. The stories I heard around the dinner table as a child were those of miracles, sermons, crazy church ladies, cranky deacons and “what the Lord did at church today”.
We just lost Carla
"I believe the front at which the enemy is currently attacking us the most in North Holland is in the area mental health."
I want to tell you two stories today. The first is about a man from a large municipality called the Decapolis. We read his story in Mark 5. Here’s a synopsis: Lots of trauma, since he was a kid Spent most of his life as a patient, different doctors and psychologists had done what they […]