Monday, May 22, 2006


Another of my recent "finds" regarding Pentecost:

"Too often Pentecost is viewed as the occasion when God distributed spiritual gifts, which are often regarded as but 'trophies' of spirituality, or 'power-toys' for performing Christian ministry, without any integral connection to the living Lord Jesus. The proper place of Pentecost in the divine drama of Love is that it was the chronological and historical 'beginning' (Acts 11:15) of the restored experiential love-life relationship of the Triune God with all mankind, when the Spirit of Christ was poured out to dwell in the spirits (cf. Rom. 8:16) of those receptive to God’s love. 'The Love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us' (Rom. 5:5)." -- James A. Fowler

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