"After all, the other way of disqualifying the pastor’s role is to claim that the times are fulfilled or in the process of being fulfilled, and that God will return or is returning to gather his flock. He will be the true shepherd. Consequently, since he is the true shepherd coming to gather his flock, … Continue reading Foucault on Apocalypticism as Dissidence
I believe in the church. I believe in shaking, screaming, laughing, as God so pleases, and as we so please as well. I believe in kids dancing with streamers in aisles. I believe in swaying with one hand on the chest, and the other reaching out for God’s paws. I believe in spontaneous hallelujahs and … Continue reading I believe in Church (?) (!)
I love the Holy Spirit. She tickles me, and kisses me on the cheek, holds my head, squeezes it even, warms my heart, pushes waves of love from my chest to my toes, pours the new wine into my big ole mouth. Sometimes she makes my mouth feel like it’s full of cotton candy. She’s … Continue reading I love the Holy Spirit
When I speak, sing, or pray in tongues, I yield. I give up on trying, I let the Spirit hush my ego, and I surrender to what is stirring in me. I don't get to control the narrative. I join creation, the communion of saints, and the Spirit in their intercessions of groans, sighs, and … Continue reading An admonition from a baby of God: speak in tongues!
"In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people." Acts 2:17 "But whoever is united with the Lord is one with [them] in spirit." 1 Corinthians 6:17 There is a well of empathy within all people. This is God's nest within us. This is our spirit, and this is … Continue reading The Spirit of God
A Visit to the Spirit in Prison and an Invitation to all people to come to Christ the light of the World, in whom is life, and doth enlighten every one that cometh into the World. And a warning to all people to take heed how they join any longer with that which turns them … Continue reading A Visit to the Spirit in Prison by Sarah Blackborow (1658 )
"Many Pentecostals, especially in the United States, consider speaking in tongues as evidence of the experience. Not all Pentecostals globally hold to the doctrine of speaking in tongues as the initial evidence of Spirit baptism, however, though the experience of glossolalia is arguably still fairly widespread in the movement. And even among those who hold … Continue reading Frank Macchia on tongues and the Spirit-Baptism