To most today, talk of exorcism, demons, and spirits is the stuff of movies and antiquated religious notions. How can anyone actually believe in these things? The Bible presents a far different picture: we are physical and spiritual beings, and we live in a universe which is inhabited by spiritual beings known as demons and angels. The following posts will explore the question of exorcism (expelling an evil spirit or demon from a human). I hope to address how the topic was understood in the f
10 Key Issues to Cover In Your Church’s Prayer Meeting Does your church have regular gatherings outside of the Sunday service where members can meet together and pray? Our church does, and I had the privelege of leading our last gathering. My pastor encouraged me to work through a little booklet called “Biblical Patterns for Powerful Church Prayer Meetings” by Dr. Gregory R. Frizzell in preparation for the event; this was very helpful. Frizzel describes a prayer meeting as,
11 Questions that Expose Idols Darrin Patrick has an excellent book for those entering vocational ministry called “Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission.” The book cover three main sections: (1) The Man–qualifications and qualities of those who seek to enter ministry; (2) The Message–the historical/redemptive gospel in all its glory and relevance; (3) The Mission–how the church operates and lives on mission in the culture. My favorite chapter was ‘
Why So Few Men Enter The Ministry Continuing my series on William Perkins, I’d like to share why he believed so few young men enter into vocational ministry. He gives three reasons (‘The Calling of the Ministry’ p 90-91): 1. The contempt with which the calling is treated. To be pastor is to face contempt and hatred from those outside the church: “It is always hated by wicked and irreverent men because it reveals their filthiness and unmasks their hypocrisy” (p.90)
Perkins on Law and Gospel In a previous post I shared William Perkins’ summary of the task of preaching. Here I’d like to share a few quotes about application and on the Law and Gospel Distinction. Perkins states: “Application is the skill by which the doctrine which has been properly drawn from Scripture is handled in ways which are appropriate to the circumstances of the place and time and to the people in the congregation” (p. 52). Perkins was very aware that differe
One of the first books written in the English language on preaching is ‘The Art of Prophesying” by William Perkins (1606). This book, though written over 400 years ago, is incredibly relevant and profitable today for all who are called to the task of proclaiming God’s word-which is what Perkins means by the phrase ‘prophesying’ here. Sometimes I have a hard time getting my head around the task of preaching. What should I say and how should I say it? Perkins summa
In a previous post I described how my friend Dan and I challenged each other to write a new worship song (a song created for the purpose of use for singing in a corporate worship gathering) at some point before the month of March ended. While I love singing worship songs in church, most of my songs probably don’t work very well in a corporate setting (you can check them out here). It is not easy to write a worship song, but here’s my attempt. This song is called ‘The fear of
Recently, I have begun sharing this video with non-Christians I meet in order to explain to them the gospel, or the gist of the Christian message. I think this video is really well done, and very Trinitarian. What do you think? Do you have any short video links that do a good job of explaining the gospel? 321 from Jeremy Poyner on Vimeo.
This weekend I will presenting a paper at the SBL Central States Regional Meeting. My paper is the use of irony in the book of Revelation, a topic that I find extremely interesting (I plan on linking the paper to this website after the conference is over). I’m looking forward to being a part of the academic discussion and hearing from others. Any readers out there taking part in this conference?