Lutheran Pastor David Dorpat chronicles his life-changing experience with the Holy Spirit and the dramatic fight that followed to defend his beliefs in the face of opposition. Immediately following a Holy Spirit encounter that forced them to overhaul their faith, Dorpat and his wife quickly set out to tear down denominational walls they had built to shield themselves from those who were not Lutheran. As their weekly Charismatic prayer meetings began to gain impact in the community, church leaders became incensed and set into motion a chain of events that eventually led to Dorpat ending his pastoral duties. Nonetheless, his faith never wavered. "God, through the Charismatic Renewal, caused me to see the unity of the church," he writes. Readers that endure the same hardships as Dorpat can overcome a judgmental mentality and can draw on God's strength and faith to triumph against the harshest of criticism by standing on God's Word.
David Dorpat, a third generation Lutheran pastor, was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1957. His first call from the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) was to plant a new church in La Habra Heights, California. He recently was honored at a retirement celebration at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Washington, for his fifty years of ministry in the LCMS.