Speaking in Tongues: Does it happen today?

Speaking in Tongues: Does it happen today?

This past weekend I was asked to speak at SOAR Youth Rally in Augusta, GA. The whole weekend was centered around finding answers to questions that we might have when it comes to our personal faith or doctrinal questions to receive clearer answers. I was asked to teach on "Speaking in Tongues: What does the bible say and does it happen today?" I had a great response to the class and wanted to share my notes with the Walking in His Footsteps audience.

By the end of this article, I want us to understand the biblical purpose for speaking in tongues vs. speaking in tongues today and compare the two to see if they are the same. From that we can decide if people speak in tongues today. However, In order to talk about speaking in tongues, we must first understand the concept.

What is a “tongue”? (not the organ in your mouth) When you see the word tongue, it simply means – a language, a human spoken language. Like English, Spanish, French – those could all be considered tongues.

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Celebrity Worship

Celebrity Worship

When I was growing up, the program that usually followed the evening news was “Entertainment Tonight,” an extension of the “news” in the realm of celebrities (actors and actresses, musicians, athletes, politicians, billionaires, etc.). Since that time, “ET” is still around but has been joined by the likes of TMZ, an E! Network, a wealth of tabloid magazines, and even major segments of the sites and programming of major news networks (like CNN and FoxNews) devoted just to the latest news in entertainment. Many of us remember the role that paparazzi “journalists” even played in the car crash that caused the death of Princess Diana in 1997. And there would not be millions of dollars wrapped up in the following of “stars” if the public was not interested. It’s a fascinating human phenomenon. We are more interested in how long Brad Pitt is staying married this time around than we are in actually encouraging the thriving of the marriages of people you actually know. 

Obsession with celebrities is nothing new...

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I am a Homosexual. Does God love me?

I am a Homosexual. Does God love me?

This is a question that has been often asked to me over the last couple of years. It is a question that is relevant to today's culture and society. It is often the case that those who call themselves Christians say mean-spirited, hateful things about homosexuals. And it is often the case that homosexuals falsely accuse all Christians who oppose homosexuality of being homophobes. 

I know several people who are homosexuals and they struggle with knowing if God loves them or not. It's, also, a hard discussion to have because I believe both sides (Christians and Homosexuals) get a false stereotype based on a few minority who act/react differently than the majority. So, how can we approach this subject/idea/question?

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Christianity: A 24/7 Lifestyle

Christianity: A 24/7 Lifestyle

In response to the Umpqua Community College shooting, a new movement has begun. #IAmAChristian is a new trend going about various social media sites, and while I believe there are good intentions behind the movement, I find issues with it. As many already know, a cowardly man shot and killed nine people and injured more. Why kill those few? Because they said they were Christians. Powerful. Humbling. Martyrs. It takes a tragedy for people to come together and decide to stand together and stand with God. Why?

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Modesty: An Advertising Issue

Modesty: An Advertising Issue

When it comes to modesty, what are we selling to others? The life-changing power of the gospel? Are we all that different from the world and the way it dress, walks, and talks? It is our prayer that this article will shed some new light on an age-old topic. 

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Active Euthanasia & Death with Dignity Implications

Active Euthanasia & Death with Dignity Implications

Brittnay Maynard, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, chose to end her life on November 1, 2014 via lethal drug. She was an advocate for the “right to die” or “death with dignity” movement.

This decision has very dangerous implications if accepted.

A few years ago, I debated the subject of euthanasia (a very similar topic). It is something I feel very passionate about, and due to recent events I have felt compelled to share a few excerpts from my debate paper.

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Culture Clash: Phones Run Our Lives

Culture Clash: Phones Run Our Lives

Phones run our lives. They do. It’s a fact. We can’t seem to put down our phones to talk, to eat, to go to the bathroom, (ok maybe that’s just me) or you name it.

A recent study by “The world Unplugged Project” surveyed 1,000 students from 10 countries. They challenged the students to go without media (even their phones….GASP) for 24 hours and monitor their feelings. Here are some of the results:

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Responding in Love

Responding in Love

With the recent suspending of Phil Robertson from the popular A&E television reality show, Duck Dynasty, it has stirred up millions of people.  Phil Robertson recently made comments concerning his belief that homosexuality was a sin and condemned by God. Due to those statements he has been put on suspension indefinitely by A&E. How should Christians react to this news? What things should we be saying?

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