Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Where's the Spirit?

Dan Edelen has a few questions onwhy we hear so little of the Holy Spirit in U.S. churches these days:
1. Why is it that you can surf a hundred Christian blogs and not find a single mention of the Holy Spirit?

2. How is it possible that you can go to your average Christian bookstore and buy a dozen Christian books and find virtually no mention of the Holy Spirit?

3. Why is it that the institutional churches have either turned the Holy Spirit into a “fairy godmother” or gutted His power to do anything more than help us remember a few Bible verses?

4. In fact, how is it that some Christians routinely allow the Bible to replace the Holy Spirit in the Trinity?

5. How can it be that we can talk about eschatology, soteriology, epistemology, and a hundred other Christian -ologies, but someone casually asks to define pneumatology and entire swaths of mature Christians will scratch their heads?
Dan does more than ask questions. He tells why we ought to be hearing more about the Spirit.


Blogger Dan Edelen said...

As always, Milton, thanks for the linkage. I'm amazed at how many people have commented on this post. More than anything I've written since I started Cerulean Sanctum.


9:48 AM, March 22, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Yes, I noticed: 88 comments when I last looked. Glad to see you're stirring things up (that need to be stirred). Peace.

6:31 AM, March 23, 2007  
Blogger Sista Cala said...

We are living in the last days and many churches have grown complacent and cold. They have no desire to set on fire by the Holy Spirit. They enjoy the swelling of their membership rolls and fear that a genuine move of the Holy Spirit would disperse their body. After all, the Early Church grew as the disciples were dispersed, AFTER they were recevied the Holy Spirit.

2:13 AM, March 24, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Good points. I think you're right tht the church is often afraid of the Holy Spirit. It seems that we would rather be in control than let God's Spirit be in control.

9:32 PM, March 25, 2007  

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