Pentecost Sunday and Racism

A few years back I had a young black man in our congregation text me about the pain he was going through. Every time he turned on the news, it seemed like there was another person of color who had died for no good reason. He didn’t understand it and he didn’t know what to…

Should I Speak in Tongues at Church?

Right from the get-go of 1 Corinthians 14 we’ve got this understanding of a hierarchy within the gifts: Paul wants us to desire the gift of prophecy over the gift of tongues. However, it’s important to understand his reasoning for this as he is not actually downplaying the importance of tongues or trying to belittle…

Theologians: We Want to Understand You

I was left pretty confused as I wrapped up a theological book this morning. It’s almost entirely my fault since I sped way too fast through it without listening very well or giving much space to pause and think. But even when I did stop, I found that I had a very hard time understanding…