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About The Assembly

Like many other Church of God pastors I spent the better part of a week at the Church of God General Assembly in San Antonio. Overall it was a great week, to see family and friends. It was a high water mark for our family as my brother, Tom Madden, was... »

What is more important, Holy Spirit Baptism or Salvation?

What is more important, Holy Spirit Baptism or Salvation?

by Larry Sterling In my meditation today, the Spirit asked me the question, "Which do you think is most important to me, Baptism in the Holy Spirit or Salvation of souls?" At, first I was perplexed at the question and this lead me into a lingering period of introspection of my personal motives for preaching a Pentecostal doctrine. Is Pentecostalism about ecstatic experiences of the gifts of the Sp... »

Prophesy Preaching; really, preaching the prophets

Really sucked you in with that title, eh? Anyway, something I have been thinking about for a week is how my context uses the prophetic texts in sermons. The Prophets are rich and expansive in what they tell us both about God's character and the human h... »

Don’t Play Poker with Roger Clemens

Don’t Play Poker with Roger Clemens

In middle school I lived across the street from a reception hall that mostly catered weddings and events on the weekends. This left the large parking lot mostly empty during the week. My bestfriend and I would play homerun derby behind the building. ... »