John grew up in a conservative evangelical church. When the charismatic renewal burst on the scene in the late 1960s, the church took a fierce stand in opposition to it. While attending university, John encountered many charismatics; they didn’t seem to be as evil as the church had portrayed. A subsequent experience of the Holy Spirit accompanied by speaking in tongues created a quandary. Theologically John could see holes in the Pentecostal doctrine, but the experience was real. This book is the result of forty years of reflection on the quandary, starting from the premise that if the experience really was God, then it should be able to be explained scripturally without the obvious contradictions in popular theology.
John has a B. Theology degree from Auckland University. He is a trained primary school teacher and has served as a pastor and Bible teacher. He is married with three adult children. John lives only a few minutes’ walk from a beautiful beach in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand, a setting conducive to reflection on the things of God. John attends his local Assembly of God church.