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Desert Fathers

The Desert Fathers on possessions

The Desert Fathers had a lot to say about wealth that sounds really wrong. Were they blind, or are we?

Evagrius and Norris on Acedia

Kathleen Norris explains Evagrius Ponticus's definition of the worst temptation of a monk - and the modern Western Christian

The Desert Fathers on Lust

The early Christian monks who fled the cities to the deserts of Egypt developed great pastoral wisdom as they struggled with Satan in the wilderness. Their insights are sometimes jarring to our modern sensibilities, but they bear listening to. There... Continue Reading →

The Signs of Genuine Charismatic Christianity – Holiness

There must always been a strong link between the presence of the fruit of the Spirit and the practice of the gifts of the Spirit.

The Signs of Genuine Charismatic Christianity – Apocalyptic Restorationism

Live today in light of the Judgement to come.

The Signs of Genuine Charismatic Christianity – Biblically Normed

The Holy Spirit operates only in accordance with Christ and the Scriptures

The Signs of Genuine Charismatic Christianity – Leadership

The Holy Spirit anoints spiritual leaders, but this anointing must be recognized by the body of Christ and not authenticated by the leader herself.

The Signs of Genuine Charismatic Christianity – Building Others Up

The purpose of spiritual gifts is to build others up

The Signs of Genuine Charismatic Christianity – Expectancy

The Spirit works with the same power today as in the time of Christ and the apostles

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