Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

Some things are right with the world

Christmas does not mean that all is right with the world. That is clearly not the case. Humanity has a long way to go before swords are beaten into plowshares and a special needs teen isn’t abused and tormented by angry young people because of his vulnerability and race. But something is right with the world. Continue reading

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The heartbeat of the world

: I understand the traditional language of the church and the doctrine of the Trinity. But those doctrinal formulations don’t really help us to distinguish this holy Spirit from all those other spirits and passions and self-deceptions driving the world. Continue reading

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The breath of God

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” –John 20:21-22 Continue reading

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Learning everything

Where does a child learn hate? I look at this picture of a young man before a Nazi war flag and I can’t help but wonder about the path that brought him there. What would it mean to be taught by God? What would it take for us, having learned all we know from the society around us, to start over to be instructed by the Holy Spirit? Continue reading

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All flesh

I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. –Joel 2:28-29 Continue reading

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Rain is coming

The people of Israel have seen parched earth. They understand the metaphor the prophet is using to describe their inner life. We might talk about tumbleweeds: dry, rootless, blowing in the wind. Continue reading

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As the waters cover the sea

They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. –Isaiah 11:9 Continue reading

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