David Westerfield

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Steven Furtick: Cult of Personality, Emphasis on Cult

Even people I don’t agree with on a good number of things, like this writer, nail it http://matthewpaulturner.com/2014/02/19/this-is-what-stevenfurtick-is-teaching-the-kiddos/ “Spontaneous baptisms” http://www.wcnc.com/news/iteam/How-Elevation-Church-Pastor-Furtick-produce-spontaneous-baptism-246072001.html 16,000 sqft house http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/10/27/4420172/elevation-church-pastor-responds.html#.UxXn8_ldV8E … nothing wrong with having stuff, but excessiveness and flaunting it at that is not a sign your pastor is particularly humble. More … http://apprising.org/2014/02/19/indoctrinating-children-into-the-cult-of-steven-furtick/ http://www.reformation21.org/blog/2014/02/the-cult-of-the-visioneer.php Creepy infographic on who the… Read More


Something that has been a challenge for me in the past year is coming to the realization that though I’ve studied some theology (though by no means anywhere close to what I should or what others have studied) my character is lacking and not matching up with what I’m taking in. I briefly went through… Read More

Same Old Story

Going to make this quick. This continues to be a growing problem: people either positively posting Osteen’s material as if there aren’t serious theological issues at stake or flabbergasted anyone would criticize the man. Show’s precisely how far gone mainstream evangelicalism is in the realm of discernment. What’s the problem with Joel Osteen and others… Read More

The Antipathy at the Root of Theological Liberalism Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

Penal substitution is under fire, has been for quite some time. But not just from the PCUSA. HT @Mheerema. The Alabama Baptist (Bob Terry): “Why Disagree About the Words of a Hymn?” http://www.thealabamabaptist.org/print-edition-article-detail.php?id_art=28401&pricat_art=10 Some popular theologies do hold that Jesus’ suffering appeased God’s wrath. That is not how I understand the Bible and that is why… Read More

Cabo Sangria


This is a recipe I’ve modified from my original based on a trip to Cabo a few summers ago and I’m finally putting it to print. We learned from a waiter at Pueblo Bonito Rose how they made their Sangria so awesome. Turns out, this is even better than my original Sangria recipe. Ingredients: 2 bottles… Read More

Legalism Light

Legalism is quite a charge. When someone is imposing a legalistic vision upon others, they are saying that unless they do certain things, they are out of God’s salvific favor. Christ + something = justification. So when a person is charged with this, it is serious business. You’re stating that they are preaching a false… Read More