Daniel Thompson put up a review of a book on the Holy Spirit by Professor Lois Malcom of Luther Seminary. It looks like it is a really good book and one everyone will want to check out – it is not written from a Pentecostal perspective so you won’t have to worry about any poor exegesis or bait and switching. It looks to be more of a biblical theology of the Holy Spirit. Here’s an excerpt of the review:
She opens her book with these words: “Every year, when I teach the Holy Spirit course for seniors at Luther Seminary, I begin by asking these two questions: Who is the Holy Spirit? Have you experienced the Spirit in your life and in the world around you? As my students try to respond, they often draw a blank.”
I teach in a Pentecostal school, an undergraduate college. It has a long tradition as being “Pentecostal.” Yet, when I teach on the power of the Spirit, I often meet the same blank stares. We are ALL in need of learning.
Aren’t we all? Then he observes:
One of the hang-ups younger people in Charismatic and Pentecostal circles have with “classical” Pentecostalism is speaking in tongues. Let us dispense with this straw man argument. Let us get to the real point: Is the Holy Spirit truly active in your life today? This is the fundamental question for Dr. Malcolm, and this should be the fundamental question for every Trinitarian believer. As a Pentecostal, this question should be primary in our church doctrine and practice.
Sadly, I am not too sure the Holy Spirit is terribly active in people’s lives or if they really allow him to be. And why is this? My guess is because of a lack of education and a fear of becoming a wierdo, as most people tend to think Pentecostals are. Well, I mean, I know I am a wierdo, but not sure if its because of being Pentecostal or maybe I hit my head too hard once or something. 😉
Anyways, go over and give a read and talk with Daniel about the book!