The first RBP&S of 2011!
Thus we can say that Wesley would not have fully endorsed either cessationism or pentecostalism. Extraordinary gifts and miralcles have not necessarily ceased, look but they are not necessary proofs of the Holy Spirit, either.
Wesley said that he did not claim “extraordinary gifts” of the Spirit as being necessary to the Spirit’s regeneration or sanctification of Christian lives. He does not seem to have claimed any particular “extraordinary gifts” for himself.
But, there is nothing in Wesley’s teaching that would absolutely disallow extraordinary gifts in the Church. Wesley’s defense of Montanus and his love for the writings of Tertullian could be seen as an argument in favor of the possibility of “extraordinary gifts” in the contemporary Church.
The top 50 Biblioblog ranking for December is up. I never know what to make of these lists in terms of actual “top”-ness, but it’s a great place to find a few new blogs to read.
Scientia et Sapientia has been posting tips for their Th.M program. The latest installment is for any student in any program: How to deal with Over-Research-itis:
This debilitating illness manifests itself in a tendency to spend almost the entire semester researching, leaving yourself with precious little time in which to actually write the paper that all of the research was supposed to be for.
If you’re not sure whether you suffer from this unfortunate syndrome, just ask yourself whether you tend to be frustrated with your papers because you don’t think they really reflect the quality of research you did for the project. If so, you probably suffer from over-research-itis.
Do I suffer from this? Um. Well. Considering I have been “researching” for my Pentateuch paper since November and still haven’t written a single paragraph, I think the answer is *gulp*.
As regular readers are aware, I’m a fan of de-motivational posters. Today I came across a site full of Emergent po-motivational posters. Check them out!
And if you went to Westdale high school in the 90’s like I did, you may remember science teacher Ms. Audrey Gleave. My prayers go out to her family and friends, and let’s pray that the police catch the creep who did this.