Maxim Online has put up a browser game where you have to distinguish between images of homeless people and depictions of Jesus. From the introduction:
Have you ever gotten a homeless person confused with the Son of God, Jesus Christ? Well we certainly have. Now, utilizing the new LiquidGeneration game Homeless or Jesus you can test your ability to differentiate between the two.
Although this is harmless fun, it makes me think …
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As part of the vision development process of our church, I have assembled a few criteria for sermons in our Sunday services. A good sermon should be (in no particular order) …
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During my research for establishing the criteria for a truly Pentecostal approach to theology, I ran into one important element that I had so far neglected in my own developing model: early Pentecostalism organized its theological thinking around the fourfold (fivefold in some cases) perspective on Jesus Christ as savior, healer, baptizer, and coming king (Holiness-Pentecostals would add "sanctifier" as fifth element). This central framework constitutes the fundamental Pentecostal approach to the question of valid loci in systematic theology — which should be retained, I think, in a new approach that takes into account our Pentecostal tradition. So Christocentrism becomes the organizing principle of Pentecostal dogmatics.
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Defining Pentecostalism is a task that is yet before me in my dissertation research. Already in the first part of the dissertation, I will need to define a set of criteria that any proposed methodology will have to meet in order to be acceptable to both Pentecostals and a Post-modern world. So what is it that really makes someone or something Ã¢Â€ÂœPentecostalÃ¢Â€Â? With the enormous size and the multiple contexts of the Pentecostal movement of today, this answer is not easy. However, a number of criteria do emerge on a closer look:
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