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  • Andy Hubert

    Yes.

    (We hope to have a beta version of the next version out around the turn of the year.)

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  • Andy Hubert

    @Brent-Karding Multi-level lists are not presently possible to do. However, this most certainly will be something included in the next version of Biblearc.

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  • Andy Hubert

    @mylifeandbooks Given that different devices have different screen sizes, things will naturally be laid out differently on those different devices. Dot notes have been designed to try and automatically compensate. If you place a dot (not the note itself, but the dot) on a particular phrase, it should be on that same phrase on different devices. If you find this is not the case, please take a screenshot on each and send those along so we can investigate further.

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  • Andy Hubert

    @Ava-K Sorry! This bug has been fixed.

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  • Andy Hubert

    A couple points in answer to your question…

    • You are able to go back and view your work on the old platform courses which you previously enrolled in. On biblearc.com and logged in, open [menu] > Courses. You will see listed there any old platform courses you were enrolled in. (There was a temporary bug in which they were not appearing here, but it has since been fixed.)

    • Basic course content is available to view on the new platform without the Online Courses subscription add-on.

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  • Andy Hubert

    @Brent-Karding said in Do christians speak in tongues today?:

    I was wondering: Has your study of this chapter impacted whether or not you believe that the gift of tongues is for today?

    Yes, it has affected my perspective. I remain unconvinced that 1 Cor 13 teaches that [the gift of] tongues (and prophecy and knowledge) will cease with the completion of the canon (12:12 being my primary sticking point). However, biblical observations of how the Spirit wisely facilitates different supernatural wonders at different points in history, along with clarification on the purpose of tongues both lead me to understand why the Spirit might choose to not grant the gift of tongues widely in our day. But that is His call, not mine! 🙂

    As for the concerns you mention @Brent-Karding, I share them given my experience. But that, of course, is just my experience.

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    @Ryan-Robinson said in Do christians speak in tongues today?:

    • In saying that the purpose of the gift is to build up the body, are you saying if we are gathered together in the assembly? OR Always?
    • And if you are saying always, how are you reading statements like 2a and 4a (bolded above)?
    • Do you think that Paul is saying these things with pejorative undertones?
    • Do you think something in the larger context qualifies how one would naturally* read this passage (here is how I take the natural reading: because the tongue/language is spoken to God, the person speaking it is in fact building themselves up just like prayer in one’s normal language would)?

    In the full context of the 1Cor 12-14 section, I do think we need to take these statements as tongue-in-cheek. That is, I do not think Paul is saying “a is good, but b is better” in 1Cor 14:2-4. Instead, I think he is saying “sure you can do a, but b is what God wants.”

    If, on the otherhand, Paul is communicating that the gift of tongues is meant to have an individual benefit, this would be the only gift of this sort and would contradict the biblically stated purpose for the gifts as a whole. “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  (1 Corinthians 12:7) “So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.”  (1 Corinthians 14:12) “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”  (Ephesians 4:11-12) This is why love for one another is a natural subject for Paul to emphasize within his discussion of spiritual gifts (1Cor 13).

    So would it personally encourage me if I had the gift of tongues and could praise God in languages I had not studied, all in the privacy of my home. Absolutely! But it would be exciting more than building, as my mind would be at a loss as to what I was praising God for (1Cor 14:14). But more significant still, it would be missing the aim of my gift—to worship God in a way that serves as a supernatural sign to unbelievers that (1) the Spirit is among us, and (2) God now seeks worshippers from all peoples and tongues.

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  • Andy Hubert

    I just published a page on 1 Corinthians 14. See the whole thing here. It includes my arc and a paragraph-level paraphrase phrase. I’ll put a couple highlights below and then begin addressing specifically asked questions in days to come.

    Main point summary

    Run after love, and in love be zealous to orderly exercise spiritual gifts so as to build the church. Particularly, [a] worship with both your spirit and mind (i.e. not in uninterpreted tongues), and [b] come to gatherings ready to contribute when/if it is appropriately your turn.

    Paragraph-level paraphrase

    1 Corinthians 14

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  • Andy Hubert

    @Ryan-Robinson said in Do christians speak in tongues today?:

    Did you Arc (or another method) 1 Corinthians 14? I’d love to see how you’re putting some of that together.

    Sorry for dropping off the conversation for the last week and a half. There, is of course, much more to discuss with the new questions you have asked.

    One of the things causing the delay is the fact I am arcing all of 1Cor 14 per your suggestion. (Not easy!) When I am done, Lord-willing, I will post it here and begin addressing your questions/challenges.

    In the meantime, I’d like to give you (and anyone else reading along) the same encouragement to make an arc of 1Cor 14 and post it.

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  • Andy Hubert

    @Ryan-Robinson said in Do christians speak in tongues today?:

    It seems interesting to me the things you state firmly (things I would say aren’t so firm) and other things a little more loosely. E.g., The plain purpose of such incidents is to testify to the giving of the Spirit of God (each verse you reference, I think would be quite a stretch to say is speaking to the purpose of God pouring out the Holy Spirit) compared to it is perhaps something that happened in other churches (do you really think it was only happening in Corinth? I grant that we don’t know but it is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Do you think teaching perhaps might not have been present in Ephesus?).

    Great questions/challenges Ryan—they come across great! I’ll take up the first one in a different reply another time (Lord-willing!).

    First, regarding the purpose of the incidents in Acts in which people spoke in tongues. I believe that there are only three passages in Acts which explicitly mention tongues. Here are the verses:

    • And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. […everyone is amazed…Peter begins his sermon, including these words:] But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. […Peter proclaims the death and resurrection of Jesus, and then talks of the present wonder once more:] Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. […Peter finishes the sermon.] (2:4-36)

    • While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” (10:44-47)

    • And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. (19:6)

    I grant that the last one does not give a clear indication as to the purpose of their speaking in tongues. However, the first two seem quite clear to me.

    In Acts 2, the effect of their speaking in tongues is that people are amazed and listening. Then, Peter interprets this wonder for those listening by explaining at length that they are witnessing the giving of the Holy Spirit. (The other parts of Peter’s sermon focus on the gospel and say nothing more about the speaking in tongues.)

    In Acts 10, the Jewish believers are amazed because the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to Gentiles—this is the plain emphasis of the text. The way they knew that the Holy Spirit had been given was the fact they were speaking in tongues. This text (along with Acts 2 and 19) tells us nothing of the content of the speaking in tongues or any other such details—only that it made clear that the Holy Spirit had truly been given. For these reasons, I do find this to be the plain purpose of tongues-speaking in the book of Acts.

    As for my uncertainty that tongues occurred in other churches besides Corinth, this is based upon the absence of any discussion of tongues in any other epistle, while there is discussion of other spiritual gifts. (Rom 12:6-8, Eph 4:11, 1Pet 4:10-11; and also non-list mentions: 1Tim 1:18, 4:13-14, 1Thes 5:20-21) To be clear, I am not arguing that the gift of tongues was not a gift exercised in other churches; I’m saying there is reason to ask the question. (As to why it might have been unique to Corinth, that is a whole different discussion!) Teaching, on the other hand, could be easily proven to be a normative gift.

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