Putting the Fire in the Fireplace: Anglicanism and the Holy Spirit

Posted on May 31, 2019

A fireplace exists to hold a fire. Without fire, a fireplace merely becomes a cold ornamental shell. Likewise, a fire without a fireplace can easily become wildfire having no container. The Anglican tradition is kind of like a fireplace that is meant to provide a structure or a foundation for a lively faith that allows…

Yanny vs. Laurel and Tongues of Fire

Posted on May 18, 2018

Lots of amazing things happened on the Day of Pentecost, recorded in Acts 2. Earth was overcome with Wind and Fire. Chaos ensued. Rushing. Falling. Power. Roaring. Speaking. Hearing. Wind. Fire. Pow!  What a day.  The promised Gift of the Holy Spirit did not come gently to soothe. He is NOT that kind of comforter. …

Yanny vs. Laurel, Pentecost, and What People Hear

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For the record, I hear Laurel. I can’t not hear Laurel. My wife hears Yanny. I’ll let you know how that works out. This latest viral sensation, similar to ‘The Dress’ before it, plays on the maddening subjectivity of human perception. Whether it’s sight or sound, we take our sensory perception as bedrock and when…

The Church And The Holy Spirit – A Very Brief History

Posted on February 16, 2017

Empowering The Church Recently, I was at a clergy retreat where Bishop Bill Murdoch taught and encouraged the clergy of the Anglican Diocese of the South to operate with expectation of the leading and moving of the Holy Spirit today. In the first century Paul explained to the church how the Spirit works through believers…