Is Speaking in Tongues Still For Today?

Speaking in Tongues

I recently did a Twitter poll about speaking in tongues and to whom it is available. These were the results. Speaking in tongues is available to: — Stephen Bedard (@SJBedard) July 7, 2018 The results […]

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Apologetics Will Not Make Anyone a Christian

Apologetics and Theology

There are those within the church who are critical of Christian apologetics who point out its limitations. They will argue that presenting an apologetic for Christianity will not result in the person becoming a Christian. […]

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The Outpouring of The Holy Spirit in the New Testament

I am currently working on my thesis for my Doctor of Ministry degree at Acadia Divinity College. But this is not my first thesis. Fifteen years ago I wrote a thesis for my Master of […]

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Are Spiritual Gifts for Today?

Apologetics and Theology

I sometimes joke that I believe cessationism died with the apostles. While I am amused by the statement, it often does not get the reaction I am looking for. The truth is that there are […]

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Devotions: Romans

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Romans 8:15. In this passage, Paul is describing the identity of the Christian. One of the things essential for the Christian is the Holy Spirit. But the Holy Spirit is not […]

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Baptists and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Apologetics and Theology

I have noticed that there is a deep suspicion by charismatics towards Baptists when it comes to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I heard it in the preaching at the Pentecostal church that I […]

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Devotions: Zechariah

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Zechariah 4:6. Zechariah was prophesying during a very dark time for Judah. The nation had been destroyed. Although the exile was technically over and people were coming back, the situation was […]

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Devotions: Haggai

Apologetics and Theology

A devotion based on Haggai 2:5. The context of this passage was a very difficult time for Judah. Although the exile was technically over, things were not as prosperous as people had hoped. The Temple […]

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Why I am No Longer a Pentecostal… But Still Am

This is a guest post that I did a number of years ago for Jeff Clarke. I know Jeff from McMaster Divinity College. He is a great writer and I encourage you to check out […]

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Devotions: Joel

A devotion based on Joel 2:28. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was closely connected with prophecy. Prophecy was closely connected with authority. That authority was limited to a very small number. Far back […]

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The Johannine Comma and the Trinity

Apologetics and Theology

If you do not know what the Johannine Comma is, I will explain it to you (hint: it is not John’s punctuation). The best way to understand it is to compare 1 John in the […]

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The Trinity in the New Testament

Apologetics and Theology

People often point out that the trinity is not in the Bible. What they really mean by this is that the word ‘trinity’ is not in the Bible. The basic concept of the trinity is […]

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Abundance of Blessings

Romans 8 Introduction What is Christianity all about?  Is Christianity all about bad news or about good news?  I have seen descriptions of churches that were completely about what they were against and not at […]

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Blasphemy Against the Spirit and Personhood

What is the Holy Spirit?  Is it, as Jehovah’s Witnesses claim, just the power of God, or is the Spirit a divine person within the Godhead?  Here is a verse to take into account: “And […]

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The Divinity of the Holy Spirit

I normally am challenged on why I believe in the divinity of Jesus but it is fair to ask why I believe in the divinity of the Holy Spirit.  Is it not possible that the […]

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Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Holy Spirit

Jehovah's Witnesses

In the Oct. 1 2010 issue of the Watchtower there is an article entitled “What is the Holy Spirit?”  One of the main purposes of this article is to demonstrate that the Spirit is not […]

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Early Evidence for the Trinity

Very often in discussions on the Trinity the focus is on the divinity of Jesus.  Yet we have to remember that there is a Holy Spirit in there as well.  In reading the Shepherd of […]

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Paul, the Spirit and the People of God

I recently reread Gordon Fee’s Paul, the Spirit and the People of God.  I am using this book for a course I am teaching on 1 Corinthians at Tyndale next month.  The book is not […]

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