Guest blog by Morgan Guyton. Morgan is the associate pastor of Burke United Methodist Church and lead pastor for their Lifesign contemporary service. He blogs regularly at Mercy Not Sacrifice. His writings have also been known to appear at Red Letter Christians, and HuffPo and elsewhere on the web.
Morgan says about himself: “I’m a broken person whose brokenness is what qualifies me to love and serve other broken people. I’m learning to be less ideological and subordinate everything else that I believe to trusting in God’s love. I’m very passionate which can turn into arrogance when I don’t have enough loving friends around to call me out. Above all, I seek to be saved from the prison of self-justification that Christ died to help me overcome. The more that Christ liberates me from the need to be right all the time, the more that I grow capable of love.”
Morgan is also the author of a book entitled: How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity.
It was one of those odd coincidences that occur now and then. Just after the news reported the death of a snake-handling Pentecostal preacher, I happened to post this on the Steele’s Answers blog:
QUESTION: Is Mark 16:17, 18 to be taken in its literal meaning? If so, have not all believers the power to cast out devils, to heal the sick, to drink deadly poisons and handle rattlesnakes without harm? (more…)