Tag Archives: charismatic

Saul among the prophets – an interesting worship experience

Do you remember the Old Testament story of Saul among the prophets (1 Samuel 19)? Poor Saul’s been rejected by God as Israel’s anointed king in favour of the popular hero David, and has begun his descent into madness, badness and dangerous-to-know-ness. … Continue reading

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New Wine 2013 – reflections on a charismatic conference

The last week of July perhaps somewhat surprisingly saw me and family in a large tent at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Somerset, for the 25th annual New Wine conference (and I think the 9th I’ve been at). New … Continue reading

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Spiritual warfare – moving beyond demons in the closet

I said recently that nowadays I tend to steer well clear of anything to do with spiritual warfare. Back in my more charismatic days, 15 or so years ago, I was taught that we were all engaged in an on-going … Continue reading

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Why I am (not), part II – charismatic / evangelical / liberal…

Last time I was looking at my Anglo-Catholic upbringing and subsequent late-teen explorations into atheism and alternative spiritualities.  When I came back to Christian faith in my early 20s, it was from a desperate sense of the need for ‘salvation’ … Continue reading

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Sceptical Innocence – how to avoid gullibility without becoming a cynic

On one level, I’m still a good charismatic Christian. I believe in miracles. I believe in healings, prophecies, tongues, ‘words of knowledge’, miraculous signs. I believe in answered prayer. Or at least I believe in the reality and possibility of … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus die, part III – did he suffer so that we don’t have to?

In the last two posts I’ve been looking at the historical and spiritual reasons why Jesus died on a cross. I wondered whether he not only chose to die, but also chose the manner of his death, in order to … Continue reading

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Do you believe in miracles?

The other day a very good friend related a miracle story to me, told them by a friend at church who’d heard it from another. As I recall it, a teenage boy had been sectioned and was self-harming by scratching … Continue reading

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My faith journey

If we’re going to walk virtually together a few steps, it might help to know a little about how I got to where I am on my stumbling ramble (or rambling stumble) of faith. So far it’s been a journey … Continue reading

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Streams of faith

Following on from stages of faith, another idea I’ve found helpful is that of streams of faith. According to this view there are a number of ‘streams’, pathways, traditions or expressions of faith within the overall Christian church, and each … Continue reading

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