November 14, 2002
yeah, luke...i got your back. last night was incredible. we went to deidre's church, where a revival was going on. i wasn't sure about it at first, even though i told myself i was going with an open mind, and i was ready for anything. once we got there, i felt a bit uneasy being around all of those people shouting "hallelujah" and speaking in tongues. i was raised presbyterian (pca, to be exact), and we just don't do that kind of stuff. i wasn't really sure about my stand on the whole speaking in tongues bit until last night. i knew it was Biblical, but i wasn't sure what place it would have in the modern church.
I Corinthians 14:26 says "what then shall we say, brothers? when you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. all of these must be done for the strengthening of the church."
now, i'm no Bible scholar, but i'll be darned if i'm going to stand in the way of "the strengthening of the church," and i truly feel that the experience i had last night was a genuine one.