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Realism & Retroactive Identity in Christ

April 17, 2017 by


By Ken Hamrick John Murray’s treatment of sanctification, particularly his essay, “The Agency in Definitive Sanctification,” makes some surprising inroads toward grasping the believer’s retroactive, realistic identification with Christ.[1] He does not go as far as to acknowledge that the reality of the spiritual union of Christ in the believer brings a title to all […]

Resurrection—No Doubt About It | Answers in Genesis

December 9, 2014 by


by Tim Chaffey […] Christ’s Resurrection is the most mocked and vilified miracle in the annals of human history. “Impossible, a fake,” modern scholars say. Yet a closer examination confirms the Bible’s historical integrity. “”Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is […]

Participating in Gathered Worship: Worship in Spirit and in Truth | | The Blog

November 19, 2014 by


What would you consider essential to worship? What is truly necessary if true worship is to occur? Is it a certain style of preaching? Is it a certain type of music? Is it a sense of reverence and awe? Is it a sense of excitement and praise? Of course it is important to be intentional […]

Can We Prove the Bible Is True? | Answers in Genesis

November 12, 2014 by


The Ultimate Proof by Mike Matthews […] Jesus Christ and His followers were fearless when it came to proclaiming God’s Word. What gave them such boldness and self-assuredness? They knew without a shadow of doubt the eternal power and absolute trustworthiness of each word in scripture. They also knew that the Holy Spirit went before […]

Why Do These Pentecostals Keep Growing? | The Exchange | Ed Stetzer

November 12, 2014 by


Many evangelical churches and denominations are in a state of plateau or decline. Why aren’t Pentecostals? | Ed Stetzer There are parts of the globe where the greatest church growth is happening through the Pentecostal movement. One of the most asked questions is, “In a world where the church seems to be declining in many […]

“Jesus, Continued” Releases Today! | J.D. GREEAR

November 5, 2014 by


Jesus, Continued…: Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You is officially available to order starting today! Most books about the Holy Spirit focus on describing who the Holy Spirit is. This book is not so much about the Holy Spirit as it is for helping you understand the Spirit’s guidance in […]

The Elephant in the Strange Fire | Grace to You

November 3, 2014 by


by Cameron Buettel It’s been just over a year since the highly publicized and controversial Strange Fire conference. As a Grace to You employee with a charismatic background, I watched the buildup to the conference with a considerable amount of interest. I am certainly no stranger to the grievous damage caused by reckless false prophecies […]

But I Can’t Feel God | J.D. GREEAR

October 31, 2014 by


If you think being filled by the Holy Spirit means an endless series of miracles, burning bushes, still, small voices, warm fuzzies, and sensations of peace that pass all understanding, then you are going to be disappointed. The greatest (and most honest) saints have always confessed that they had to walk through many valleys with […]

Does 1 John 2:27 Mean I Don’t Need My Sunday School Teacher? | Borrowed Light

October 23, 2014 by


In 1 John 2:27 the apostle tells his readers, “you have no need that anyone should teach you.” He says this because they have been “anointed by the Holy One”. As a result of this anointing they don’t need anyone to teach them. What about us? Is this an affirmation that if I have the […]

Why Charismaticism is Easy | Woven Words and Thoughts

October 22, 2014 by


First, let me say I’m not a cessationist.  I believe that the 1st century church and the church today have the same access to the same God through the same Holy Spirit with the same power.  That being said, it’s not the 1st century, there are no more Apostles.  To be an Apostle, you had […]

Calvinism’s New Birth Analogy is Unconvincing! | SBC Today

October 20, 2014 by


Ronnie Rogers | Pastor Trinity Baptist Church, Norman, OK This article seeks to address the question: does physical birth demonstrate the Calvinist idea that faith precedes spiritual birth? Calvinists argue that the new birth (regeneration) precedes and provisions faith,[1] whereas I contend that faith precedes and provisions the new birth. Calvinists frequently seek to demonstrate […]

Six Ways to Experience the Presence of the Spirit | J.D. GREEAR

October 17, 2014 by


What does experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit feel like? A friend once told me about a Christian singer he knew who rented a recording studio. After an extensive setup and sound check, she began performing her first song. The sound technician thought it sounded great, but about hallway through the first verse, she […]

Justified on the Reality of Christ in Us

October 8, 2014 by


We are justified by faith in Christ. But is that justification a mere legal fiction, as the Catholics object? Many look for the answer in the analogies of marriage and adoption. While these are good pictures, there is a more explicit answer: it is the spiritual union of Christ in the believer. But to really […]

A Compatibilistic View of Regeneration (Intro)

November 4, 2013 by


Regeneration is perhaps the most difficult topic to be debated between the opposing views, due to the intertwining of such topics as spiritual death and life, depravity, rebirth, faith, the role of the Holy Spirit, etc. Call me an optimist, but I still see the potential for fruitful discussion.

How Do We Know the Bible is True?

August 26, 2012 by


How do we know that the Bible is true? How do we know that God exists?