Spiritual Adventuring

Thank you for your interest in my sabbatical blog! Let me introduce you to my great adventure in this first post. I have been generously granted by the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (where I have been serving for the past eight years as Professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition) a twelve-month release from all teaching and administrative responsibilities (during …

Sacred-secular Divide: A Toxic Concept

For many of us, when someone goes into “full-time ministry” we have referred to them as entering a “higher calling”.  In fact we commonly speak of someone going into “THE ministry” as if there is only one ministry that is of note in the Kingdom of God.  All activities that are related to the church (preaching, worship, music, Sunday school, …

Searching For a Definition of Discipleship

For many Christians today the measure of discipleship has been reduced to being skilled at activities that happen on a Sunday: worship and prayer, or possibly also to display a solid knowledge of the Bible.  Clearly no one is going to argue that these disciplines have nothing to do with spirituality.  The Spirit-filled disciple has indeed mastered the skill of worshipping …

Entrepreneur Shaun Lee: “But He’s a Skiver!”

I was delighted to meet Shaun during my recent visit to Singapore.  He has a problem: his future mother-in-law thinks that entrepreneurs are “skivers”.  “Before you get married, you need to get a proper job.  Working for yourself is not acceptable!”  According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a skiver is evidently someone who is absent from work without permission and in …

Friends in the Kingdom are Like Family

I last saw Peter van den Berg 25 years ago when Reinhard Bonnke asked him to book three of us from South Africa into one of the finest hotels in Europe, the Arabella in Frankfurt, Germany.  I was part of a delegation from the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) of South Africa re-establishing our international contacts after years of isolation during …

It Takes a Team: Completing a Marathon

In 2008 my wife Kathleen Self completed the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon with Team in Training, raising funds for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Our lives had been touched by dear friends succumbing and surviving this disease, so Kathy embarked on a brand new journey. Though she lives an active life, Kathy had never run long distances or attempted anything …

Crowd Surfing on a Holy Mosh Pit

I don’t know anything about heavy metal, or hardcore punk music rock concerts.  It’s not really my scene.  But I’ve often been intrigued by a phenomenon that I have observed in these concerts and only recently found out it actually has a name, “crowd surfing in a mosh pit”.  My ignorance drove me to Wikipedia to get my information (something only …