Sunday, September 23, 2007

Another Question for Pastor E

What do the scriptures teach to be the necessary and sufficient conditions for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

In other words, how would you finish this statement: In the New Testament, a person was baptized in the Holy Spirit if and only if...

Canoe Trip '07

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Concession #1 (The Last, of Course)

The term apostle is used in scripture to refer to more than just the Twelve and Paul.

It is most certainly applied to Barnabas (Acts 14:4,14).

It is most probably applied to James (Gal. 1:19) Silvanus, and Timothy (I Thess. 2:6).

It may be applied to Andronicus and Juni(us)(as)(a) (Rom 16:7)

Several possible explanations and implications bouncing around in my head. But for now, I’ll just let the fact stand.

Friday, September 07, 2007

All Right, Pastor Eric.

I’m ready to start talking about the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

If you don’t mind, I’d like to begin with some questions, but before that, how about a plan? I figure we can do this in two parts. I’d like to begin by working through our differences as to the nature of this phenomenon as it was actually occurring in the apostolic…excuse me...what shall we say? in Bible times? before the close of the canon? Well, perhaps I’ll just pick an arbitrary dividing line: how about before Jesus’ generation passed away? Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, how about we treat this in terms of what the nature of this baptism was then (whenever then was) and then later discuss the nature of the baptism as it may or may not occur now. I realize that your position will largely rest upon there being no difference between the two.

Ah, here we go…how about we begin by discussing the nature of this phenomenon solely as it is presented in the pages of scripture and then, only after dong so, consider how his phenomenon may or may not have changed since those scriptures were written? How does that sound?

Sorry about the stream-of-consciousness post. Not much time for revision these days.

Just Couldn't Pass This One Up

Quote from Administrative Law class:

The Lord's Prayer: 66 words.
The 10 Commandments: 179 words.
The Gettysburg Address: 286 words
The Declaration of Independence: 1,300 words
The U.S. Government regulations on the sale of cabbage: 26,911 words.