Tag Archives: Church

Enter the Pastor-Theologian

There is no better place for doing theology than in the life of the local church. It is in the local church that the rubber hits the road and one’s attempts at careful theological reflection need to be applied to … Continue reading

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What Is Your Story?

I don’t know about your church, but in mine we typically have an open testimony time (hey, we are Pentecostal after all). We like to tell our stories and that sure works well (sometimes not so much) in a post-modern … Continue reading

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A Brief Snake Handling Journey

I visited Tennessee this week to meet with my PhD supervisor (who is based in Cleveland even though my school is Bangor University, Wales). I had decided this visit that since I was “in the neighborhood” of the origins of … Continue reading

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Kissing in Church

The following is a six minute video where I introduce the idea of the “occasional” nature of epistles by describing the significance of Paul’s instruction in 1 Cor.16.20 to “greet one another with a holy kiss”.

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Testimony as Embedded Proclamation

Here is a bit from one of my graduate students (used by Matt Payne with permission) on engaging postmodernism as a Pentecostal church and preacher. How does one engage those who, at best, question the notion of the meta-narrative? How … Continue reading

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Cultivating Pastoral Friendships

I have discovered that several things seem incredibly important for church and pastoral health…developing relationships with those outside your church. Several things which I’ve seen bear fruit in my own life and ministry might be of help to others.  The … Continue reading

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First Things First – The Doctrine of God or the Bible?

What are your thoughts on the foundational grounds of a doctrinal statement? This is where doctrinal statements (and creeds) begin. Is the Church better served by a statement which flows from the doctrine of God as foundational (exemplified by the … Continue reading

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