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A theory of jerks Article by Eric Schwitzgebel http://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/if-youre-surrounded-by-idiots-guess-whos-the-jerk/ Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel

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American Pentecost Article by Ted Olsen https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/american-pentecost/ On April 18, 1906, the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles introduced many Americans to the phenomenon of speaking in tongues and sparked the Pentecostal movement in the United States. Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Ted Olsen

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Speaking the Truth in Love, Part 5 Devotional by Mark D. Roberts https://www.theologyofwork.org/the-high-calling/grow-speaking-truth-love-part-5 Speaking the truth in love means extending to others the grace of God given to us in Christ. It means speaking in order to serve others and their good. Mark Roberts reflects on Ephesians 4:11-16. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts

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Pentecost Eyes Article by Victor Ko https://thebanner.org/features/2017/06/pentecost-eyes The Holy Spirit's coming at Pentecost is often associated with the images in Acts 2: violent winds, tongues of fire, and people speaking in tongues. Victor Ko adds one more image, the generosity of Pentecost. Resource type: Article Source: The Banner Author: Victor Ko

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Speak Up Preacher Sermon Illustration by Arthur Landwehr http://collections.carli.illinois.edu:80/cdm/ref/collection/uni_sermons/id/5911 In this installation sermon, Arthur Landwehr discusses the peculiarities of speaking from the pulpit. Preachers have a responsibility to proclaim the gospel, interpret the Bible for the times, and be heard by the congregation. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection Author: Arthur Landwehr

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Commentary on Acts 19:1-7 Commentary/Exegesis by Frank L. Crouch https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1167 This passage sparks debate over baptism: should people be re-baptized, is water baptism sufficient, is the baptism of the Holy Spirit required, or is prophecy and/or speaking in tongues necessary to be a true believer. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Frank L. Crouch

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The Feast of the Spirit Audio/Video by Robert Barron https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/the-feast-of-the-spirit/540/ On Pentecost, the disciples received amazing gifts of the Spirit, enabling them to proclaim and witness. Robert Barron reflects on the sign gifts (miracles, healing, speaking in tongues) in this podcast on Acts 2:1-11. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Word on Fire Author: Robert Barron

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In Jefferson's Shadow: Can Catholic theology thrive at a public university? Article by Nichole M. Flores https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/05/12/jeffersons-shadow-can-catholic-theology-thrive-public-university In this article, Nichole M. Flores shares her thoughts and experience about teaching Catholic theology at a public university and reflects on the idea of separation between church and state. Resource type: Article Source: America Magazine Author: Nichole M. Flores

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Let go, and let the church develop in its own way Article by Xi Lian https://www.faithandleadership.com/qa/xi-lian-let-go-and-let-the-church-develop-its-own-way In this interview Chinese Church authority Xi Lian notes that "Surprising many in the West, a uniquely Chinese Christianity is flourishing today that grew outside of -- and often in opposition to -- the missionary movement."... Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Xi Lian

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Pentecost Engraving (Weigel) Image by Christoph Weigel http://pitts.emory.edu/dia/image_details.cfm?ID=6933&referrer=preachingandworship.org Bible illustration of Pentecost by German engraver Christoph Weigel the Elder (1654-1725): Christians began speaking in tongues after receiving the Holy Spirit so that all those from the diaspora heard them speaking in their own tongues. Resource type: Image Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive Author: Christoph Weigel

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Pentecost Image by Andreas Osiander http://pitts.emory.edu/dia/image_details.cfm?ID=3096&referrer=preachingandworship.org This sixteenth-century woodcut depicts Acts 2, where The Holy Spirit falls upon the apostles on Pentecost enabling them to speak in tongues to the nations in Jerusalem. Resource type: Image Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive Author: Andreas Osiander

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Full Text Hymns on Speaking in Tongues O for a Thousand Tongues to SingPD
Begin, my tongue, some heavenly themePD
Come, O My Soul, in Sacred LaysPD
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The Holy Spirit in Creation Sermon Illustration by Stanley Mast http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/day-of-pentecost-c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Stan Mast discusses Psalm 104: "This Psalm gives the enterprising preacher a fresh alternative for a Pentecost sermon, because it focuses on the Spirit’s work not in redemption...but in creation." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Stanley Mast

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One in the Spirit? Article by Douglas A. Sweeney https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/one-in-the-spirit Evangelicals may have lost the battle for control of the mainline, but they won, or at least are winning, the larger war for Protestantism. In fact, they might lay claim to the moniker "the new mainline". Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Douglas A. Sweeney

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Seeking Answers in Scripture Commentary/Exegesis by Scott Hoezee https://groundwork.reframemedia.com/episodes/seeking-answers-in-scripture How do I choose a Bible translation? Was that experience a manifestation of the Holy Spirit? Tune in to this podcast as we study scripture, increase our knowledge, and deepen our relationship with God. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Groundwork Author: Scott Hoezee

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Calvinism in Africa Article by Ben Dixon https://perspectivesjournal.org/blog/2010/11/01/how-i-encountered-calvinism-in-africa/ This article on Christianity in Africa notes the striking similarities between theologians Abraham Kuyper and Kwame Bediako who share the conviction that Christianity is the true continuation of God’s revelation in human history Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Ben Dixon

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Power Made Perfect in Weakness Article by Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung http://www.baylor.edu/ifl/christianreflection/SufferingarticleDeYoung.pdf Reflecting on 2 Corinthians 12:9, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung discusses the meaning of courage, not as relying on our own strength, but as relying on God's power that is "made perfect in weakness." Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung

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You Shall Rejoice In Your Festival Article by Tim McCauley http://www.hprweb.com/2017/12/you-shall-rejoice-in-your-festival/ This Catholic essay uses Deuteronomy 16:14 to suggest the need for joy in church, pondering why so many Christians appear somber during services when we should know and express joy in encountering Christ. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Tim McCauley

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Living in a new eco-system Commentary/Exegesis by L. Ann Jervis https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2015 Romans 8:6-11 teaches that believers are liberated from the “flesh,"turning towards death and away from God. By Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, and by virtue of living “in Christ,” they live in the Spirit. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: L. Ann Jervis

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In Times of Upheaval Women Shape New Landscapes Article by Mandy Smith https://www.missioalliance.org/times-upheaval-women-shape-new-landscapes/ Although we often think of leadership in terms of institutions, signed agreements, and objective facts; Mandy Smith challenges us to consider the value of leading through small things that we may struggle to quantify. Resource type: Article Source: Missio Alliance Author: Mandy Smith

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