Pentecost: A Blueprint for the Church

Today is Pentecost, the day on which Jesus’ disciples and other followers of Christ received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This day is celebrated 50 days after Easter. I have never attended a church that devoutly followed a liturgical calendar.  Most of my knowledge of Pentecost comes from reading the Bible, reading books and just talking with other Christians about it, less so from the focus of any one church. 

But this year, for some reason, I feel moved by the event of Pentecost. The events of that day marked the beginning of the Church.  All who worship in a church today, whether it’s a small home church or a mega church, are there because of Pentecost. That excites me because I have a passion for unifying the church and what better way to work towards unification than going back to the original source. 

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The Church and our LGBT Brothers and Sisters (Part 1)

I'm beginning a series on the Church and our LGBT brothers and sisters. It's a three-parter. The first post will focus on the current atmosphere in the United States when it comes to equality, as well as my personal experiences that helped lead to my position on equality.​ The second post will focus on Matthew Vines' Reformation Project, a new organization working towards ending homophobia in the Church. The final post will be my thoughts on why the Church needs to rethink how it addresses the LGBT community, particularly LGBT Christians. 

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