A theory of jerks
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.
In this study guide, Jessie Gutgsell notes the emphasis on the voice of the Lord and the gift of the Holy Spirit in Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, and Mark 1:4-11.
Speaking the Truth in 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.
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.
Commentary on Acts 19:1-7
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.
Speak Up Preacher
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.
Charity Toward All
This article briefly shares the stories of several figures in Latin American church history, including: Rosa de Lima (1586–1617), Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695), Willis Collins Hoover (1858–1936), Óscar Romero (1917–1980), and others.
“¡Llegaron los pentecostales!”
This article looks at the arrival of Pentecostalism in Latin America from a historical perspective.
The Feast of the Spirit
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.
Let go, and let the church develop in 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."...
The Holy Spirit in Creation
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."
Pentecost Engraving (Weigel)
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
Power Made Perfect in Weakness
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."
Living in a new eco-system
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.
In Times of 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.
The Life of the Holy Spirit in the Church
Simon Chan says that bad worship produces bad theology, which leads to an unhealthy church. That's why he suggests, in this article, that churches make more room for the Holy Spirit to work in worship.