Pentecost: How to Convey the Un-conveyable?

Ring out, you songs, resound, you strings! Oh blessed times! God will prepare our souls to be his temples. • • • How to Convey the Un-conveyable? At Working Preacher, Karoline Lewis makes a good point about preaching on Pentecost Sunday. I think too many of us preachers go into Pentecost Sunday with the pressureContinue reading “Pentecost: How to Convey the Un-conveyable?”

Prayer, Power, and Proclamation

Ascension Sunday 2019: Prayer, Power, and Proclamation In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared toContinue reading “Prayer, Power, and Proclamation”

A Week of Prayers in Preparation for Pentecost

A Week of Prayers in Preparation for Pentecost Today is celebrated as Ascension Sunday in many churches, when we remember that Jesus took his throne on the right hand of God the Father. He told his disciples that they should wait in Jerusalem after the ascension for the promised Holy Spirit. In Acts we readContinue reading “A Week of Prayers in Preparation for Pentecost”

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (5)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (5) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • Through this experience [of his son’s cancer] I found that theContinue reading “Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (5)”

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (4)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (4) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • The mark of Pentecost and the mark of the new ChristianContinue reading “Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (4)”

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (3)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (3) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • Christians make a very high claim about the Bible. The BibleContinue reading “Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (3)”

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (2)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (2) We are taking the Pentecost season to post a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. • • • Jesus was a real human being, which means he grew Spirit-uallyContinue reading “Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (2)”

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (1)

Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (1) We begin the Pentecost season with a Sunday series of excerpts and reflections from Scot McKnight’s new book, Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us. Scot is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL,Continue reading “Sundays in Pentecost: Open to the Spirit (1)”

Jesus Poured Out the Spirit — So What? (3)

Note from CM: This week, on Monday through Wednesday, we are focusing on the meaning of Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit. Last week, we spoke about the Ascension and presented it as the climax and culmination of the gospel of King Jesus. The Ascension was when Jesus was enthroned with God in the heavenly realms,Continue reading “Jesus Poured Out the Spirit — So What? (3)”

Jesus Poured Out the Spirit — So What? (2)

Note from CM: This week, on Monday through Wednesday, we are focusing on the meaning of Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit. Last week, we spoke about the Ascension and presented it as the climax and culmination of the gospel of King Jesus. The Ascension was when Jesus was enthroned with God in the heavenly realms,Continue reading “Jesus Poured Out the Spirit — So What? (2)”