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Danielle's husband and father to Hawk, Bryn, and Lena (retweets ≠ endorsements)
Jan 4, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
In the last week I’ve seen two items from major Xian news outlets:
1) a Charismatic “prophet” referred to the US Constitution as God’s “covenant with America”
2) Xians are marching around the Georgia capital 7x’s (a nod to Jericho in Joshua 6). This is not good.

I’ve grown increasingly grateful for my Pentecostal heritage, but these sorts phenomena* undermine that heritage. Profoundly.

*the Ga event isn’t exclusively “Pentecostal,” but the Jericho March feels like us.
Dec 15, 2020 14 tweets 3 min read
There many of us who deeply cherish our Pentecostal heritage. By that term, I'm referring to the value it placed on divine encounters, a real/experiential sense of God's manifest presence, worship that included body & soul, and a profound sense of expectation. By "Pentecostal heritage" I think of boldness, courage, passion, emotional/expressive freedom, and the holy audacity to genuinely believe that A) God really did the stuff in the Bible, and B) he could do it in our time.
Nov 9, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
This past week some of the most prominent Charismatic voices of the last 30+ years have conducted themselves in the “pulpit” in ways that are embarrassing at best, and abhorrent at worst.

There may be a silver lining in these beyond-the-pale displays... /1 1) the past week’s ridiculousness/absurdity has exposed what many have seen for years: a large swath of Pentecostals-Charismatics have an adulterous relationship with partisan politics.

This is the sort of cultural alignment that led to Israel’s exile. /2