Tag Archives: Pentecostalism

Pointy Birds and other Doctrines


Pointy birds, O pointy pointy
Anoint my head. Anointy nointy.
–Steve Martin. Continue reading Pointy Birds and other Doctrines

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Prophetic Propositions are either Pablum or Poison.


Prophecy bugs me. You’re probably aware of this if you’ve followed my blog for long at all. I’ve written about it before here, here and also here. But in all these posts, I think I’ve skirted the issue because I didn’t want to offend Christian friends, or appear laughable at my non-Christian ones.  The dirty truth is, as prophecy is conceived of by the contemporary Church, I think it produces gross misdirection to Christians at best, and harmful or even fatal guidance at worst.

People want direction in their lives. I don’t think anyone can deny that if we all knew the future, it would be more simple to make decisions. Continue reading Prophetic Propositions are either Pablum or Poison.

Songs Where They May Sound Like, But Definitely Aren’t, Speaking in Tongues


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I grew up in a Pentecostal tradition: people may have heard about its one notable characteristic: Pentecostals speak in tongues (mostly when we’re out of snakes). They consider it the primary physical manifestation of the Holy Spirit residing inside a believer.  The idea supporting this whole thing is that the Holy Spirit will enter you, as described in the Book of Acts, chapter 2, and you will be able to speak with unknown languages.

Continue reading Songs Where They May Sound Like, But Definitely Aren’t, Speaking in Tongues

It’s All In My Head, Unfortunately.


The Brain Drain.
The Brain Drain. It's what's happened to me. Also, it's a pretty great Ramones album.

I love my little brain. It’s a good thing. I have an enormous ego to match it. I’m not very proud of many things about me, and I feel considerable shame at times. But there it is: I’m proud of being smart. Continue reading It’s All In My Head, Unfortunately.

Open Letter To Dr. Jay Herndon, Re. Bethany University Library


Wilson Library
Wilson library at Bethany University. Photo by Debbie Pope.

Dear Dr. Herndon:

You might remember me as the Library Director at Bethany University, for 5 years after Arnold McLellan retired.  I had the pleasure of hiring and working with your daughter-in-law for those years, and the privilege of teaching Josh’s Critical Thinking class for a semester in 2006.  I am also a quarter-century supporter, student and employee of Bethany University, as well as a concerned citizen who has spent his entire adult career in the field of Information Science. Continue reading Open Letter To Dr. Jay Herndon, Re. Bethany University Library