Posts Tagged ‘Charismatic’

Speaking in tongues on charismatic TikTok

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Pentecostal or charismatic TikTok is a thriving community of diverse Christians. Some say that the practice of speaking in tongues is not an appropriate way of praying on a digital platform. Others think it is acceptable. “Pentecostal theology is all about being led by the Holy Spirit,” said Heidi Campbell, “so the idea of the Read more

Faith Healer visits Hawkes Bay

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Thousands of Hawke’s Bay Christians have flocked to see to man who claims to have healed people across the globe through “God’s supernatural power”. On Monday and Tuesday, Miami-based “Apostle” Guillermo Maldonado and his 36 crew members turned the Pettigrew Green Arena into a place of supernatural encounters. Organisers said a man who was unable Read more

Two drown: Shalom Church re-thinks river baptism

Monday, July 24th, 2017

It’s a rite that dates to the time of Jesus, who was dunked in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. But Christians in East Africa are now taking stock of their practice after after a full immersion baptism turned tragic in northern Tanzania. Two Christian farmers, aged 30 and 47, died as their pastors Read more

Pope Francis the Charismatic

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Pope Francis is a Charismatic. Though I made the case for this in a HuffPost blog almost a year ago, the Argentine pontiff’s penchant for Spirit-centred Catholicism has been one of the most underreported aspects of his dynamic papacy. Francis’s spirited participation in the 37th Annual Convocation of the Charismatic movements along with some 50,000 Catholics at Read more

Is the Pope a Charismatic?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

‘Let’s give each other a spiritual hug and let God complete the work that he’s begun. This is a miracle; the miracle of unity… He will complete this miracle.’ Not perhaps the sort of words that you’d expect from the Pope. But then again, who would have predicted that the Pontiff would film an informal Read more

Church dying or flourishing in Latin America?

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Don’t cry for the Catholic Church in Argentina or anywhere else in Latin America. The church may have lost privileged status in many nations, and is dropping some market share to a rapidly growing Pentecostal movement. But the combination of increasing religious freedom and competition is also fuelling a Catholic renewal movement, and equipping the Read more

Father John Rae addresses Charismatic Renewal Convention in Suva

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Catholics from all over Fiji recently gathered for a three-day National Catholic Charismatic Renewal Convention. The principal guest speaker, Father John Rae from New Zealand, encouraged Christians, in his sermon at the National Gymnasium, to continue in their walk with God and never to lose sight of what their faith could do. Rae said he was encouraged Read more

Rock-star priest draws thousands in Brazil

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

As Brazil prepares to host World Youth Day next July, a rock-star priest has opened one of the world’s biggest worship spaces in Sao Paulo, where his inaugural Mass drew a congregation of more than 50,000. Father Marcelo Rossi, a nationally known singer, TV host and actor, is campaigning to stem the exodus of the Read more