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Why I’m Pentecostal: The Impact

[Make sure you read the background and change posts first.] Being “baptized with the Holy Spirit” is not a panacea for your spiritual ills and human failings. You don’t suddenly stop struggling with the fleshy side of who you are. Nothing stops that but death. But that second baptism does jolt your life. Now, let’s [...] »

Why I’m Pentecostal: The Change

[Note: Read the first post in this series for some background.] I don’t have a date to share because I never really considered dates as being important in my faith life. August 2003 is about as close as I get to anything, and that’s for finally admitting who Jesus is. But I do remember a [...] »

A Variation on Psalm 1: Like the Rain

You let rain bead down your nose and don’t Wipe it away. You like the taste. That Word Sits heavy in your head, falling out when you Talk—or don’t. You’re good crazy, the kind That doesn’t lock the door when it’s cloudy. You planted a pumpkin in the flower box On a Sunday afternoon, and [...] »

Nothing Wasted

When they had all had enough to eat, [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” (John 6:12) In your house somewhere, there’s probably one of those things. Although it looks like any other scribbled-up notebook or faded picture or crinkle-edged envelope, you know better. You know [...] »