On Associations, Networks, & Denominations…

Anaheim continues to be on my heart and mind as I have continued to receive emails and other forms of correspondence from people who have been significantly impacted by the decision to disassociate from the Vineyard movement. This has me thinking a bit more about the...

Be Like Lance…

The first time I attended the Anaheim Vineyard, I was pretty overwhelmed. John Wimber, the founder that local church, has made an indelible impact on my life. Though I grew up as a kid in the Vineyard, it wasn’t until around the age of twenty that I read Bill...

Ep 21: Gender Dynamics & the Politics of a “yellow” Kingdom w/ Melody Winderweedle

On episode twenty-one, I'm joined by Melody Winderweedle to discuss the various dynamics attached to women in ministry as well as a good bit of thinking in relation to how the politics of the kingdom of God are "yellow." About Melody: Melody Winderweedle is the...

Ep 20: Africans, African Americans, & Cultural Challenges in Church w/ Edgar King & Ramon Mayo

On episode twenty, I have a conversation with Edgar King and Ramon Mayo to discuss a lot of different topics, including Church, theology, and ethnic diversity. https://youtu.be/1zNvoVNDvhA You can download the audio...

Ep 19: Lament & Social Justice w/ Reese Hogg III

On episode nineteen I'm talking with my new friend Reese Hogg III. Reese and I have been connected through social media for awhile and finally had a chance to sit down and have a conversation. In addition to hearing Reese share his thoughts on social justice, church,...

Ep 18: Determination, Liberation, & Critical Race Theory w/ Donnell Wyche

On episode eighteen I'm talking with my friend Donnell Wyche. This conversation was a lot of fun and we talked about many important topics, including Liberation Theology (and why African American theologians have been overlooked), ethnic diversity in the Church,...

Bob Fulton on Discipleship & the future of the Vineyard (part 3)

On this episode of Wednesdays with Wimber, I share the final and third part of my interview with the legendary Bob Fulton on the future of the Vineyard. Bob shares more brilliant insights related to discipleship as well as what he sees as the future of the Vineyard....

Ep 17: Ethnic Reconciliation & Justice w/ Stephanie Snow

On episode seventeen I have a conversation with Stephanie Snow! I've known Stephanie long enough that I wasn't even sure how we met (it was at a Vineyard church). On this episode we talk about issues connected to ethnic reconciliation, how churches can be more...

Bob Fulton on Wimber’s humility and early stages of ministry (part 2)

On this episode of Wednesdays with Wimber, I share part 2 of my interview with the legendary Bob Fulton! Bob is part of Vineyard history folklore as he is the brother-in-law to John Wimber and was there for it all! Bob more details about the early stages of John...

Ep 16: Africa, Worship, & Sacramental Theology w/ Edgar King

On episode sixteen I have a conversation with my good friend, Edgar King. Hailing from Kenya, Edgar is a gifted worship leader and the lead pastor of Trinity Vineyard Church in Nakuru. We are all over the map on this one, discussing the Kenya context, missions,...

Stephen Motyer’s Biblical Theology on Maranatha

Growing up in a church environment that made use of "end times charts," I've not always found books on the second coming of Jesus all that helpful. Far too many authors have too little understanding of the biblical authors' worldview and spend most of their time...

Reading Scripture with the Blessed Trinity

Throughout my theological training, I've always loved studying hermeneutics, the "art and science of biblical interpretation." One reason I've really enjoyed this topic is because as I've taken numerous graduate level courses, both in seminary and in a graduate...

“Dwelling in the Land,” a review

As one of my recent reviews reveals, there are many resources available for Christians interested in having a better understanding of what Scripture says regarding homosexuality, engaging homosexuals, and how the Church should respond to questions about issues related...

Risk & Reward: The Journey of Following Jesus

In Galatians 5:25, the Apostle Paul writes that we are to "walk by the Spirit." The New Living Translation states we are to "follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives." Commenting on the Greek word stoicheō, which our English bible's translate as "walk,"...

The Vocation of the Spirit: What’s your job?

The Vocation of the Spirit: What’s your job?

Perhaps the finest book on the Holy Spirit, apart from what we read in Scripture, is Clark Pinnock's Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit. I consistently find myself recommending it to people in my church, at conferences, and pretty much anywhere else I go....

Come Holy Spirit, empower the Church for God’s Mission!

As a follower of Jesus serving the Lord as a pastor-theologian, I have come to love the intersection between the Spirit, the Church, and the Missio Dei. Wrapped up in the divine plan of the Trinity we find that the Father sent the Son who sent the Spirit who sends us...

Creating a Welcoming Culture for the Sake of New Guests

One of my favorite verses in the entire Bible powerfully articulates the profound beauty of the gospel and how that message should impact the way we relationally live our lives with those around us. Paul writes: "Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed...

Vineyarding in England: Jesus, the Kingdom, and the Church

For the past two weeks I've been in the U.K. with my good friend Steve Nicholson. When I first announced to some friends that I'd be heading to England this year, they asked me why. My answer was simple: Steve is a pneumatological Jedi Knight. One would have to be, as...

The Church’s Mission According to Barth and Pinnock

The following are some goldmine quotes related to the Mission of the Church, which is tied to the Mission of God. One is from Karl Barth (Church Dogmatics) and the others are from Clark Pinnock (Flame of Love). Peep game: "The Christian community is not sent into the...

A Review of “Understanding Prophecy”

While there are some significant differences between the various eschatological views that are found within the Church, I'm convinced that there are some general hermeneutical guidelines that would serve students of Scripture when approaching apocalyptic literature....

Upwards in a Trinitarian Infused Gospel

Michael Bird writes: "The God we are confronted with in the gospel is the Triune God. The gospel and the Trinity are internally configured toward each other because the saving acts of God point to a God who exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The salvation that...

Ecclesiology is Radically Personal

I love my church. I know, I know... it's not really my church. I serve Jesus' church and I'm well aware of the fact that pastor's would be wise to remember that they do not own the church's they serve, nor do the church's we serve need us in order to "make it." Yet...

Top 5 Books on Healing

By popular request (most recently my good friend, Aaron Prill), I've decided to put forth my top five healing prayer books. Before jumping into my list, a couple prefatory remarks. First, these are books that I find most biblical/theologically accurate,...

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