Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Opus 2011-78, Spiritual Gifts: Tongues, Part I, an Introduction

(1 Corinthians 12:10 KJV)  To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

Speaking in tongues has been a divisive issue in the Christian church for my entire life.  Denominations have been started based on this gift.  Others have been split.  The controversy is still alive and well.

It would be good to start with explaining what the gift is, but people cannot agree even on that.  The word for “tongues” is literal.  The Greek word is transliterated, glossa.  One of the technical names for speaking in tongues is “glossolalia.”  We get our English word “glossary” from this and we speak of “glossing” over something when we talk to camouflage a truth. 

Most of the references in the NT are to the physical tongue located in your mouth.  It becomes a bit figurative when it means “languages.”  This is also a common usage.  No one will argue about these references except the people that will argue about whether your eyes are hazel, green or brown.  The controversy comes in the other places it appears, which I will look at next time.

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