One of the profound difficulties I have with modern evangelicalism, in which I include most pentecostal and charismatic churches, is its humanistic orientation. There is a subtle shift in the narrative which puts me at the center of the story, at worst relegating God to the periphery and at best giving him a supporting role in the drama that is my life.

Jamie Smith (aka James K.A. Smith), is a charismatic, reformed Christian (yes, they exist!), and a philosopher at Calvin College by trade. He’s incredibly persuasive and fascinating to listen to. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak at a college outside of Pittsburgh a number of years ago and his conversational tone really gave the listener a sense of invitation into an actual…dare I say…conversation (note how deftly he deals with some of the questions at the end).

At the end of the year, I will allow my credentials with the Assemblies of God to lapse.

The tendency I have as an Enneagram Five is to comprehensively demonstrate the absolute logic and complete coherence in the decisions I make, especially if there’s a chance that decision would be called into question. So when it comes to justifying a big change like a switch from one denomination to another, I’m tempted to do just that.