Tag: faith

What’s so amazing about Grace?

This morning included a weekly three-hour drive through a beautiful Oregon mountain pass and into God’s country – Central Oregon. As the driver (and alone) I don’t get to take in too much of the scenery – I have to drive safely after all. I do, however, get a lot […]

Being Led by the Spirit

For those of us in this walk of Faith, being led by the Spirit of Christ is important. It’s a central point of our spiritual/Christian journey. In fact, it’s a central theme of the New Testament and the highlight of the Gospel message. In His humanity, Christ prayed, “Not my […]

Acts 19: Have you received the Holy Ghost since you Believed?

It has been an amazing journey learning the Scriptures and the people they were written for, by and because of. The history of the people and the times in which our books of the Bible were written is a fascinating topic and one that really helps to translate the writings […]

Conversations with an Atheist

About a year ago I read the book, Post Traumatic Church Syndrome, written by Reba Riley and I knew before she professed the faith she left, on page 22, that she left the same Charismatic/dogmatic and traumatizing Oneness Pentecostal religion I left. In Reba’s journey of healing and recovery, she […]

Fundamentally Flawed: A Preface to the Book

The stories are endless, and many more will be shared, mine included. Fundamental Christianity may well be the problem with Christianity, alongside hyper-progressive Christianity. Through these stories, my hope is to find redemption, and balance, and connection with a faith that was meant to include and protect and bless those whom fundamentalism (Pharisaical Judaism) had rejected.

Is Malachi 3 after the New Testament Church? Are we misusing it?

To me, it has become abundantly clear, that the use of Malachi 3 to teach and propel a message of Tithing into the New Testament church is a misappropriation of Scripture. While Paul taught clearly in II Corinthians 9:6-7 that God loves a cheerful giver, and that our reaping will be commensurate with our sowing, he equally taught that our giving was no longer obligatory (tax, tithe) and that we were to give as we felt led to in our heart.

Slain in the Spirit – Fact or Fiction?

A great charismatic marketeer Benny Hinn swings his signature white jacket at a person or a crowd of people and in waves, they crumble under the ‘power’ of the spirit. At least, that is the claim.

These events are usually then marked with subsequent and equally un-biblical traits such as convulsions, twitching, trances or being rendered unconscious.

Out of Context: Touch Not My Anointed Ones

Context is everything. Systematic studies in theologies and doctrines, proper hermeneutics and correct understanding of Biblical or any other ancient/historical writings require it. Context is a way for us to determine a few important purposes that surround writings. Who was it written by, who was it written to, and what […]

What is Holiness?

To some, Holiness is a person, or a position, the Pope. To others, Holiness is a dress standard and a laundry list of abstinence to certain things and behavior. To others, it is penance, ritual and practice. But what if Holiness is none of that?

How do you define a ‘Cult’?

How do you define a cult? How do you accurately determine if a group is just different, strange, or its actually a religious cult? This defines my criterion.