He is the principal of the Auckland park Theological Seminary and head of the department of Practical Theology. He's is well-known for his narrative sermons, loves to be in the veldt and is currently teaching his grandchildren how to track the spoor of animals.
A more comprehensive article looks at the question: Is baptism in the Holy Spirit accompanied by speaking in tongues? And a second question that accompanies the first: What is the meaning of speaking in tongues? The following is a brief conclusion of the article.
Conclusion: Where does the “speaking in tongues” fit, or what is the
meaning of speaking in tongues with regard to the baptism in the Holy Spirit:
Speaking in tongues is not a sign of baptism in the Holy Spirit, it is,
as has already been said, more than that. Speaking in tongues is the
spontaneous and accompanying response of the believer to the baptism in the
Holy Spirit. It is the physical expression of the “overflow”, of the
“streams of living water”. A continuous flow of the presence of the
Creator God in action in the believer during and after the experience of
baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is the believer’s spontaneous surrender to and
the concrete and observable working of the Spirit of God in his life. This
experience and process is described in the Bible as talking to God about “mysteries”: the truth
and experience of God’s indescribable omnipotence and intense close love, which
is beyond human comprehension or understanding. A participation of the believer
through and with the Spirit who takes him on a journey from slave to child of
God, to coheir with Christ. Speaking in tongues is nothing less than a
participation in the power and glory of the risen Christ on the throne.
Opsommend: Kom ons sê
weer waar pas “tale praat”, of te wel wat is die sin van spreke in tale ten
opsigte van die doping in die Heilige Gees:
Tale praat is nie ’n
teken van die doop in die Heilige Gees nie, dit is soos reeds gesê, meer as
dit. Tale praat is die spontane, begeleidende reaksie van die gelowige op die
doping in die Heilige Gees. Dit is die fisiese uitdrukking van die “oorvloei”,
die “oorloop”, die “strome van lewende water”. ‘n Voortdurende vloei van die
teenwoordigheid van die Skepper God in aksie in die gelowige tydens en na die
ervaring van die doop in die Heilige Gees.
Dit is die gelowige se spontane oorgawe aan, sy in die hand plaas van,
en die konkrete en waarneembare werking van die Gees van God in sy lewe.
Hierdie belewenis en proses word in die Bybel beskryf as praat met God oor sy
“verborgenheid”: waarheid en belewenis van God se onbeskryflike almag en
intense naby liefde, wat bo menslike begrip of verstand is. ’n Deelname van die
gelowige deur en saam met die Gees wat hom op reis neem van slaaf tot kind van
God, tot mede-erfgenaam saam met Christus. Spreek in tale is niks minder as ’n
deelname aan die krag en heerlikheid van die opgestane Christus op die troon
Experiencing a revival has become a yearning in the hearts of ATS’ people. It started growing from deep within us and has become more and more urgent. We are thinking about it and are listening to the whispering of the Holy Spirit to help us understand this yearning. We wonder if revival should not be the dream or desire of the church of Jesus Christ? Is it correct to think this way, or is it just wishful thinking or worse, a way to escape reality?
Ons gesin kom van ’n Gereformeerde agtergrond. Een aand het ons kinders saam met my ma, ’n Pinksterbiduur by ’n Pinkstergemeente bygewoon. Na die preek het die pastoor almal wat graag die doping in die Heilige Gees wou ontvang, vorentoe genooi. Die geleentheid was vir ons vreemd en ons het daarom nie vorentoe gegaan nie.
An open letter to Auckland Park Theological Seminary’s staff.
I write this to you as a testimony, praise be to God, of His faithful love to us at ATS.
On 31 December 2008, the AFM church terminated ATS as being a training institution for the AFM church. I was on vacation in George during this time and was busy evaluating a thesis as an external examiner. The dissertation was about the trauma care of someone who has experienced the death of a loved one.
I invite you to reflect very seriously on God’s calling for your life. Do not shake your head too quickly. Rather, read slowly and listen to the whispering of the Spirit. As I grow older, I become more aware of the importance of God’s calling in a Christian’s life. I am surprised by the tragic fact that the devil has managed to rob God’s people of this truth, and by the boundless losses that God’s kingdom has suffered and continues to suffer.
Ek nooi jou om baie ernstig te besin oor die feit dat God jou roep. Moenie jou kop skud nie, jy moet stadig lees en die fluisteringe van die Gees hoor. Hou ouer ek word, hoe meer word ek bewus van die belangrikheid van God se roeping vir ’n Christen. Ek is verbaas oor die tragiese feit dat die duiwel daarin geslaag het om God se mense van hierdie waarheid te roof en daarmee saam die grenslose leed wat God se koninkryk daardeur gely het en steeds ly.
Abstract: Our whole life is a prayer which consists of a praise to God, a hallelujah, an amen, an echo on the Lord’s Prayer. It embodies the kingdom of God advancing forcefully and us vigorously laying hold of God’s kingdom. It represents our calling. Paul’s statement on the ministry of the Spirit was spot on: “But thanks to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.” (2 Cor 2:14). We should never settle for less, for Jesus’ death was too costly.
The Gospels convey a lot of information about Jesus’ prayer life. He prayed through the night, rose up early in the morning to pray, went alone to the mountain side to pray and went to lonely spots to pray. The writer of Hebrews commented on Jesus’ prayer life as follows: “He offered prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, …”. (Heb 5:7). He talked to his Father in the dark moments of his life on earth and made great decisions after long periods of prayer.
Auckland Park Theological Seminary (“ATS”, for short) is the oldest Pentecostal and charismatic theological seminary in Africa. The seminary is an academic institution and has been engaged in theological training and education since 1945.