Spiritual Gifts in the Blogosphere.

Spiritual gifts have been quite the hot topic in the blogosphere lately. If you’re interested, here are a couple of really good resources that you should check out.

Vern Poythress’ essay “Modern Spiritual Gifts as Analagous to Apostolic Gifts: Affirming Extraordinary Works of the Spirit within Cessationist Theology” has gotten a few nods lately as being an excellent resource on the topic. But, if you don’t have time to read the whole thing, check out Matt Perman’s excellent summary.

Don’t forget the continued dialog between Michael Patton and Sam Storms on Why I Am/Not Charismatic.

And, the video below is an interview Doug Wilson did with Mark Driscoll on cessationaism, with particular emphasis on revelatory gifts.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on October 4, 2011, in Holy Spirit and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I am somewhat baffled why a Doug Wilson would even ask the opinion of a Mark Driscoll this question? I mean Driscoll is hardly a voice of theological reason here, just the pastor now of Mars Hill. This is part of the pop culture of Evangelicalism to my mind!

    • Actually, I’d be careful there. Mark Driscoll is extremely well-read theologically and he knows what he’s talking about. Although I don’t think he always expresses himself very carefully, and I often disagree with him, he knows his stuff. And, he influences a lot of people. So, I think it makes perfect sense to have this conversation with him.

      • Marc, I am not questioning that aspect as to your opinion or other opinions, but from the standpoint theologically and to Driscoll’s ability. We should be seeking something of the Christian academy here, more like an Anthony Thiselton (as least again to my mind). For I am seeking more of the historical and theological Church Catholic. Roman Catholicism for example is certainly not cessationist, but still seeks to define their history theologically. I hope ya get my point?

      • PS..Driscoll, would hardly be on “my” list here! 😉 Again, this is a subjective question I would think? Indeed lets ask the new go-to-guy… NT Wright! I hope I am making my point? 🙂

  2. Great interview! Thanks for posting. Personality wise, I wouldn’t choose to listen to Driscoll as a main diet because he seems a bit brusque, but I do believe God uses him because he listens to Him. Wilson was the perfect interviewer with well chosen questions without antagonism. On cessationaism, I’m with Driscoll, I don’t disagree with his content for the most part, just the way he tends to present.(crowbar?!?)

  3. I found both guys unlearned in the ways of what it means to be a Pentecostal or Charismatic. I didn’t appreciate his equating how Pentecostals support their position with how Homosexuals use the Bible to support their positions – I found it to be non-sequitor. It isn’t exegetical “origami” to explain that the Holy Spirit is still and has always been at work in the lives of believers and the people of God as a whole, even local communities. It seemed to me that Wilson is is unlearned and just not wanting to give recognition to the fact that he has had words of knowledge or unctions of the Holy Spirit… as was the case of the girl and the cult deal.

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