A Call to Biblical Pentecost (Guest Post – Josh Vestal)

If you are unfamiliar with Pentecostal theology, let’s just say we put a lot of emphasis on the moving of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I wonder if we put too much emphasis on the moving of the Holy Spirit. A church meeting in my faith tradition can sometimes get a bit out of hand, with [Read More...]

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

This is a statement that my lead pastor began a series through Galatians with.  It hits to the deepest part of my relationship with Jesus and my understanding of the Gospel.  Many of us try to make faith in Christ a Jesus ‘plus’ Gospel and create boundaries for entrance into the covenant community of faith.  [Read More...]

Dear Reader… Deconstructing Religion – Moving Beyond "in" & "out"

Dear Reader… Growing up, I was taught that there are certain ‘things’ that a person has to do to earn favor with God. Don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t watch certain movies… don’t! In other words, a large part of Christian discipleship was focused on the negation of ‘things’ rather than the freedom that comes from [Read More...]

Surprised by God's Voice… (Re-post 5/21/08)

This is a re-post from May 2008.  I want to emphasize that this ‘peek’ into my personal prayer life is not meant to be about making me look good, but as simply a story of God working with a messed up guy named Kurt… The following is a journal entry from last summer. This was [Read More...]


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