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Dave Halls, 25/05/2011

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Talking about the cross from a Pentecostal perspective.

MP900449125Here are a few resources that may help with my CCT Good Friday talk.


You can find my source for the statistics here.

I have been strongly influenced by recent thinking done by James K A Smith on Pentecostal Epistemology. 

You can get his book here

or watch a lecture on the subject here.


My father's story can be found here and my mother's here.

The unedited script for my talk is here.

If you would like to pursue any of the ideas I have raised you should be able to comment below. 
To access other resources including information about current interests, please email me at


Dave Halls, 21/04/2011

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The opposite spirit

MP900386815This Sunday we were back to talking about the cross and made some small reference to spiritual warfare and the idea of ACTING IN THE OPPOSITE SPIRIT.

I first heard of this idea from Gerald Coates but I believe it might have developed in YWAM with Loren Cunningham, the founder.

Anyway, if you want to know more, here and here are two helpful articles which you can read at leisure.

Dave Halls, 08/03/2011

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Awesome cross of power

Its 10.20 on Saturday night.  I've got tomorrow's talk as far as I can - just a case of sleeping on it and praying the detail through in the morning.

Here are the bits you might want to follow up the session.

Wordles are a neat way of summarising and analysing text.  You can make your own at

Col 2

Colossians 2:13-15

1 cor 15


1 Corinthians 15:50-57

Here's the song which tells it better than I ever could. 


And if you want to see the longer version of the HBO clip of the Roman triumphal procession, including a gory reminder of what happens to defeated enemies...

Dave Halls, 05/03/2011

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How to pray for Egypt

Here's a quick Sunday link from Ruth which gives a valuable prayer angle on whats happening in Egypt.

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Dave Halls, 06/02/2011

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Awesome cross of freedom and forgiveness

The base from which I am working totay is Ephesians 1:7

For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is our sins are forgiven.

That says it all really but the other ideas come from Colossians 1:19b-23a and Galatians 6:1-5.

Here's the fantastic movie I am showing towards the end.

Dave Halls, 29/01/2011

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We're not the only ones...

iStock000013852845Smalljpgscal...who like stories. Here's a new site where you can post and read about life in the church.  Why not think about contributing?

Dave Halls, 28/01/2011

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bookbluelikejazz11.30 last night.  Wendy was sitting on the edge of the bed texting about work so it was no good trying to get to sleep.  So I went to download Katie Melua's latest album--v.interesting, much more edgy since she has changed collaborators.  Still I digress.


While waiting I was flicking throught the pile of books on my desk--all holiday reading possibles.  Anyway  I opened Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller.  You may need to listen to our session on 18 July before the quote makes sense.


The goofy thing about Christian faith is that you believe it and you dont believe it at the same time.  It isn't unlike having an imaginary friend.  I believe in in Jesus;  I believe he is the son of God, but every time I sit down to explain this to somebody I feel like a palm reader, like somebody who works at a circus or a kid who is always making things up or somebody at a Star Trek conference who hasn't figured out that the show isn't real.




When one of my friends becomes a Christian, which happens about once every ten years because I am such a sheep about sharing my faith, the experience is euphoric.  I see in their eyes the trueness of the story.


I do think that ability to see how the story often appears to people who havent met Jesus makes Miller such a brilliant writer.  I also am coming round to the view that knowing that God is real is a sort of basic entry requirement for being aware of the closeness of Jesus.


I know it seems obvious if you put it like that but I wonder whether we need to spell it out particularly when there is so much out there that makes stuff the only reality. 


So here's the starting question for the expedition.


Where do you look to see the reality of Jesus; into whose eyes, at what happenings?


I'm away in a couple of days but I'd really like to leave a post or two for anybody who wants to take this journey too.  I'm finding there are more setbacks than progress at the moment.


BTW by popular request, here's the Imagininary friends video we showed on the 18th.






Dave Halls, 28/07/2010