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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
October 29th, 2015 by Joel Watts

Book Notes, @ivpacademic’s “Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith “

While at times dense and jargon-laced, these essays are perhaps what the cautious rationalist needs to start toe-dipping into the fires of the Spirit. There are swatches of useful concepts – see especially Amos Young’s “pneumato-personalistic theology of creation”. Estrelda Alexanders renders a gorgeous explanation of why so many attempt to distance themselves from perceived pagan influences and Barbeau perhaps gives the most concise descriptions of the “Aldersgate” incident and the surrounding psychobiographies and clips from journals I’ve seen. If you’re currently mired in the academia and thinking of taking the Holy Spirit out for a test drive and wanting to kick the tires, this is for you. If you’re already dancing in the sanctuary and wonder why everyone else is in “sit, stand, sit-mode” – these  informational essays will explain everything. The collection is highly engaging and the variety of authorship and perspective makes this one to have on the shelf for your upcoming essay or to prep for long conversations with those who are wondering where the spark went, why – and how we might get it back, carefully. 

Thanks to Joshua Kent, author of The Witch at Sparrow Creek, for this Note.

Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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