The “Prosperity Gospel” Controversy Part 2

In Part One of this study, we looked at what is commonly referred to as the "Prosperity Gospel" (although I personally dislike that term) and examined the pros and cons in light of the Scriptures. This article will continue that theme but focus on some of the practices more controversial practices involved. Greedy preachers getting … Continue reading The “Prosperity Gospel” Controversy Part 2

The “Prosperity Gospel” Controversy Part 1

Jesus taught more about money than He did on any other topic. In a world of extremes, how can we find a Biblically balanced approach? The first thing, of course, is to search the Scriptures. This must include both Scriptures that show prosperity in a positive light, as well as the passages that give the … Continue reading The “Prosperity Gospel” Controversy Part 1

My Pentecostal Journey

Like many of you, I am hesitant to adopt labels and the limitations (or "boxes") that tend to go along with them. I generally describe myself as simply an inner-denominational Christian who respects and learns from all the diverse branches of the Body of Christ. My personal journey has certainly had its share of peaks … Continue reading My Pentecostal Journey

The Word of Faith: A Biblical Overview

Originally published on James and Dave's Bible Page It is known by many names: Word of Faith, positive confession, speaking the Word and the derisive term "Name it and claim it." Although the idea is controversial in some circles, the Bible draws an undeniable connection between our faith and the words we speak. The purpose … Continue reading The Word of Faith: A Biblical Overview

Prosperity 2: Checks and Balances

Originally published on James and Dave's Bible Page The message of Biblical prosperity is a precious blessing which more and more Christians are learning to walk in. This doctrine is discussed at length in our previous study, Prosperity: A Biblical Overview. However, there is another side to the issue, one which we must not neglect … Continue reading Prosperity 2: Checks and Balances

Christ the Charismatic

I realize that the title of this post is a provocative one, and it is meant to be. However, there is no greater example of a Spirit filled person than the Savior Himself. He is the greatest example of charismatic spirituality that ever lived. Follow along: Matthew 1:18 tells us how Jesus was born of … Continue reading Christ the Charismatic

Scorecard For a Healthy Church

Originally published on James and Dave's Bible Page "Those that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God"-Psalm 92:13 "He cannot have God for his Father who does not have the church for his Mother."-Augustine Have you ever held an acorn in your hand? Then you've held … Continue reading Scorecard For a Healthy Church

Speaking In Tongues FAQ 2: Are Tongues For All?

Originally published on James and Dave's Bible Page My first experience speaking in tongues came on April 27, 1988. I was 20 years old, and still a member of a denominational church, but out of curiosity, I had also been visiting a Pentecostal church on occasion. One day, I responded to an invitation to receive … Continue reading Speaking In Tongues FAQ 2: Are Tongues For All?