Pentecostal Practices Part 4: Tithing

Pentecostal Practices Part 4: Tithing

What would a renewal of the Pentecostal practice of tithing look like?   My Story This might sound crazy, but growing up, I couldn’t wait until I had an income so that I could begin to tithe. I remember distinctly, after I came to know Jesus at age 12, proudly...
Pentecostal Practices Part 3: Sabbath

Pentecostal Practices Part 3: Sabbath

What would it mean to take up the long-forgotten Pentecostal Practice of Sabbath? Every Friday night for the past year or so in the Nippard house, there is a celebration. The laundry is done, the dishes are washed, a lavish dessert is brought to the table, and we...
Stand in the Stage

Stand in the Stage

Have you ever caught yourself saying ‘well that’s no longer my stage of life’? How often when we speak of young families, of making room in the church for children, even doing things differently for teenagers, are we quick to think that stage is behind us. Too often...
Pentecostal Practices Part 1: Daily Devotions

Pentecostal Practices Part 1: Daily Devotions

What are Pentecostal practices? Let me begin by painting a picture of the kind of life I suspect we want as Pentecostals. As you read these scriptural portraits, try to imagine yourself walking in them in your day-to-day life.  Praying in the Spirit. (Romans 8:14-27)...
The Christmas Commission

The Christmas Commission

Matthew’s gospel ends with an incredible sentence that is seldom fully appreciated: “And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:20). It comes at the conclusion of my absolute favourite scripture: The Great Commission: “Then Jesus...