What then characterizes a Spirit-filled church? Not the swaying or swagger of people in motion. Not the pouring out of emotion. Certainly not leaders engaged in self-promotion. Not even people headed in the right direction. What characterizes a Spirit-filled church is a penchant for demotion. Why? Because the Spirit inspires the content of a cruciform […]
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Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians doesn’t contain, then, what we hope it promises: a durable, balanced presentation of the Holy Spirit. When we close the book on the letter, we see that Paul may have stanched the bleeding—the peaceable tenor of 2 Corinthians tells us that Paul’s letter may have done the trick, plus […]
“Religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.” Presidential candidate Jeb Bush said this in response to Pope Francis’ statement on climate change. In other words, the Pope should stick to religion and not meddle in politics. Ne’er the twain shall […]
Why solve with community effort what could otherwise be resolved by a gunshot to the head, right? Source: Spiritchatter
The Texas legislature has passed Senate Bill 11, which allows college students to carry a concealed, holstered gun into college campus buildings. Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law. I’m a professor. I’ve taught at Ohio Northern University, Duke University, Seattle Pacific University, and now Southern Methodist University. I’ve been around. […]
The pope and I agree. He’s in very good company! (Okay, I’ll admit, it goes the other way, too.) What do we agree about? How to prepare a sermon. Here’s the backstory to how I know Pope Francis and I agree. I wrote this week to Susan Stabile, a law professor and Faculty Fellow of Spiritual […]
In the days prior to that first Pentecost, Jesus’ followers were huddled together, gathered around a single command, a solitary promise. Jesus had told them to wait in Jerusalem for the “promise of the father” (Luke 24;49). So they did. What would that promise have looked like to them? What exactly were they waiting for? […]