Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on November 11, 2013 Ever heard a sermon titled, “Stop giving! We have more than enough!” No? Me neither. That’s why the story of the tabernacle in the book of Exodus is entrancing. (No, I’m not kidding. Entrancing.) The tabernacle was a portable tent the Israelites could put up and take down, like an […]
Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on October 24, 2013 On Wednesday night, my Hebrew class translated Genesis 41—the dead center of the story of Joseph. The word plays in Hebrew are hilarious and skilled, the storyline suspenseful yet playful. In one verse, the seven scrawny cows of Pharaoh’s dream devour seven pleasantly plump cows, but you can’t tell because the […]
by Alec Rowlands, senior pastor of Westgate Chapel, Edmonds, WA Introduction Fresh Air by Jack Levison is, as the title of the book suggests, a refreshing, perspective-expanding and worthwhile read on the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our day. The subject of the Holy Spirit is clouded by the views of polar […]
A Weekend Study with Jack Levison 2014 Keynote Lecturer Chi Rho Series on Christ-Centered Faith Renewal February 21–23, 2014 Central Lutheran Church Eugene, OR About Chi Rho The Chi Rho Lecture Series is an annual ecumenical lecture series hosted by Central Lutheran Church with participation and support from Northwest Christian University and many community donors […]
Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on October 12, 2013 About a month ago, I paused with you to ponder humanity’s first breath, when God stooped and shadowed the face of adam, with knees planted in the mud, hands sinking in the soft, damp earth, lips to lips, mouth to mouth—and blew into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life. On the outskirts of […]
In just a couple weeks, Jack’s brandnew book Inspired: The Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith will be released! Endorsements are pouring in from authors and professors alike. Recognize any of these names? Eugene Peterson Phyllis Tickle Amos Yong James D.G. Dunn Read these endorsements and more about the book here.
Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on September 28, 2013 I named this column spiritchatter, and it’s time now to start chattering about the spirit. Let’s start at the very beginning—a lesson in ancient languages. Don’t be intimidated. Get your coffee or tea. Settle down for a few minutes. And plunge in. The Bible was written originally in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. […]
Published at patheos.com/blogs/spiritchatter on September 11, 2013 I grew up 25 miles east of the World Trade Center, which we called the Twin Towers. My father didn’t much like them. He preferred the stately Empire State Building to their squarish contribution to the New York City skyline. My dad was born in Manhattan. He was four in […]