What is the Holy Spirit Up To? Giving Varieties Spiritual Gifts (I Cor 12)

You have something particular to give, something that no one else can offer. Sure, others can approximate it, but only you can give of the distinctive spiritual gifts that the Holy Spirit has grown within you.  Christians often look at I Corinthians 12 as a definitive “spiritual gifts list,” as though it were a diagnostic manual … Continue reading What is the Holy Spirit Up To? Giving Varieties Spiritual Gifts (I Cor 12)

What Is The Holy Spirit Up To? A Wealth Of Gifts For The Common Good

Ours is an era of suspicion. Don’t take my word for it; read this Nov 30, 2013 article from the Associated Press about their poll of Americans, asking how much they trust their fellow citizens.  The results tempt me to fear for the Republic.  Now, nearly 2/3 of the American public says they really can’t … Continue reading What Is The Holy Spirit Up To? A Wealth Of Gifts For The Common Good

Sanctified Intuition – the Holy Spirit At Work

The Holy Spirit will guide you in all truth (John 16:13)How does that work?Subtly, I think.  I’ve listened to friends tell stories about powerful visitations of the Holy Spirit.  Inevitably the tale begins with, “Now, promise me you won’t think I’m crazy.”  Then comes the account: an angelic visitation at a young man’s bedside, a … Continue reading Sanctified Intuition – the Holy Spirit At Work

How Many Christians Are Functional Unitarians?

 My friend Tim Fary told me once, “We Calvinists really love God the Father a lot; we like Jesus the Son; but the Holy Spirit is a total stranger.”It’s only funny because it rings so true.Fix your attention on some other group of American Christianity, and I’ll wager you’ll find a similar engrossment with one … Continue reading How Many Christians Are Functional Unitarians?