I Hate It When God “Shows Up”

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I remember attending Christian retreats/festivals/revivals/conferences. These were much-loved quiet times of reflection, a time to spend in unabashed and unashamed camaraderie with fellow believers. More importantly though, they always had great music. I knew without a doubt that the evenings would be intense. It would be a kamikaze of blue lights, key changes, tears, sweat, and a 23 minute rendition of  Michael W Smith’s Let it rain.  It is a collusion of blood, bone and brain matter; fused with flickering lights, heat, glowsticks and D-chords. The synapses are firing. The skin is getting prickly. It leaves people on their knees, chest heaving and body crumpled on the floor because they could not stand the weight of the glory of God in the room. The air get thick with it, and it invariably becomes more than people’s hearts can bear.

In the aftermath, in the stillness,  we would reflect…

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Back Off the Baptists: Why Steven Furtick Does Not Anathematize the SBC

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Many of have taken issue with Steven Furtick in recent years. Pointing out Furtick-level pastoral narcissism has been common fare on a number of popular podcasts. I’ll assume you haven’t actually made your habitation under a rock and that you’re aware of the Furtick controversies; the increasingly scary cult mentality of Elevation Church as it pledges allegiance to it’s “visionary,” that Elevation Church demands unity not around the Gospel but around Furtick’s “vision,” the continued “corrections” about Furtick and the church’s property and finances that are made each time the local media points out their perpetual dishonesty, contrived “spontaneous” and miraculous baptisms, manipulated book sale figures that even the New York Times has caught on to, letting women and anti-Trinitarians preach from his Southern Baptist pulpit, and his insanely self-centered eisegesis, just to name a few. I would provide links to all of this, but once again, unless you’re not…

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