Pentecost Sunday and Racism

A few years back I had a young black man in our congregation text me about the pain he was going through. Every time he turned on the news, it seemed like there was another person of color who had died for no good reason. He didn’t understand it and he didn’t know what to…

Mission and the Divine Council

Jamin kicks off Reveal Jackson’s first main session with a message about Jesus’ mission in the light of the Divine Council concept seen throughout the Bible. Listen to this episode on the 1208GREENWOOD webpage or by subscribing to the 1208PODCAST on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. 

The Reversal of Tongues

The Pentecost story has its roots in the Tower of Babel story. For it is here that God shows us once again that He is not just a personal God, nor a national God, but that He is God of all. And as Jesus ascends to the Father and the Father in turn sends the…

Church VS the Mystery Cults

In 1 Corinthians 14:23-25 Paul tells us that speaking in tongues in our church services will confuse unbelievers, but that prophecy can minister to them. If a new person enters the church and everyone is speaking in unknown tongues (as the Corinthian church is pictured doing), that new person is going to leave as soon…

Should I Speak in Tongues at Church?

Right from the get-go of 1 Corinthians 14 we’ve got this understanding of a hierarchy within the gifts: Paul wants us to desire the gift of prophecy over the gift of tongues. However, it’s important to understand his reasoning for this as he is not actually downplaying the importance of tongues or trying to belittle…