Why I am a Cessationist (Reprise)

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DisclaimerI would like to begin this post with a couple disclaimers; 1) I believe there are many beloved brothers and sisters in Christ on both sides of the cessationist vs. charismatic debate – so don’t take this as indictment of anyone’s salvation. 2) This is a short blog post not an extended treatment of every argument for or against either position – so please show grace towards the limits of what is being shared. And now back to our regularly scheduled blog post.

While I was attending seminary and again more recently in some further academic endeavors, I was tasked with stating my position on what many call the “sign gifts” found at work within the pages of the New Testament.… Continue reading

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My Open Letter to Mark Driscoll

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(PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/MARK DRISCOLL)Pastor Mark,

There has already been a lot of ink spilled out over the last few days regarding your visit to the Strange Fire Conference. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Blogosphere has had more people weigh in on what they believe happened than is necessary (The best I’ve read is this one).There’s been so much speculation, accusation and presumption that it’s hard to know what the truth is anymore. So why in the world would I be adding myself into the mixture? Let’s just say, you’ve given me a platform that I never wanted, a unique, first hand perspective.… Continue reading

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Strange Fire: to be or not to be?

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Tongues as FireWell, today begins the Strange Fire Conference that many, including myself, have been waiting for over the last several months. In fact, if you are reading this post, it probably means that either you are a very dedicated reader of ParkingSpace23, or you are not at the Strange Fire Conference. I think I’ll assume the latter, but no worries! You can still benefit greatly from the conference by watching all the sessions online at the link above. Even better, you can do this from the comfort of your home without the inconvenience of joining the 4000+ attendees here on campus at Grace Community Church in sunny, Sun Valley, CA (yes… I say that with humor)!… Continue reading

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