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Paul was much more ecumenical than I was growing up. The more I read Paul the more divisive I became, not because of what Paul wrote but because of how I read Paul. I read Paul looking for the rules, not that they aren’t there but that I found what I was looking for even when it wasn’t there. I read Paul looking for the marks the true believer and the true church. In reading Paul with that intent I missed the obvious – Paul was more inclusive than I was in terms of who are Christians and who are not. Here is what I missed – Paul was writing to people he believed were Christians and yet were in error on various matters. I read Paul’s correction as lines of fellowship that never registered with me that Paul himself never kept or observed.

I believe this comes out of a faulty way of reading the Bible. I also believe this level of divisiveness comes from a misunderstanding of fellowship. In the New Testament fellowship is about partnership and partnership is about participation. What is so odd about the way the more divisive among us view fellowship is not about partnership at all but about doctrine. It isn’t about gospeling together but about who believes what. What puts you in fellowship is what you believe on a whole slew of issues. Believe wrong on one of those and you are “out of fellowship.” There are certainly beliefs that put you outside of the Christian faith but it is not on any and every issue, again refer to Paul. More on that in a moment. But in the New Testament fellowship presumes presence. You cannot disfellowship someone you aren’t united with and participating with in the Gospel. You are not really in fellowship with someone you aren’t present with. You may be in some ontological/existential way – but not in the same way the biblical writers typically envisioned it.

God wants His people to be united and that unity doesn’t come from a checklist of 100 doctrines that fit the predetermined pattern. That unity comes from the Spirit. If there is some sort of existential use of fellowship that goes beyond the local congregation and believers you actually know it is the unity that the Spirit brings to the universal people of God. The Spirit’s checklist is not the same checklist that I see people using today on who is “in fellowship” and who is not. I know that because I believe the Spirit inspired Paul to write what he wrote and so Paul and the Spirit are in agreement on this – that we don’t draw lines of fellowship around things that the Bible itself, through the inspiration of the Spirit who brings unity, didn’t draw Himself.

What lines does the Spirit draw in the Word the Spirit inspired? When lines of fellowship are drawn in the New Testament they are usually drawn around morality issues rather than doctrinal issues. When they are drawn around doctrinal issues they are drawn around the very basic core essentials of the Christian faith (like Jesus is Lord) and not a litany of tradition and prooftexts. This is interesting because I have known people who lived horrible lives but were dedicated Christians because they followed the pattern of the New Testament teaching. The lines are drawn in all the wrong places because they aren’t drawn where the Bible itself draws them. People get more concerned over someone being wrong on instrumental music than they do that someone is a glutton or having an affair. It is as if the moral issue can be forgiven but the doctrinal cannot and so the lines are drawn.

The path forward is to only draw the same lines we see drawn in scripture and yes, there are lines in scripture. This is, of course, only important if you want to be biblical!

There is a really poignant visualization in the Bible that I’ve learned in Divinity School after four decades plus of being churched. A picture of a thousand sentiments in one single, finger-snap shot. It is the image of the Imago Dei, of which the literal definition is “image of God.” If we are to hold high regard for the Genesis account, we read in 1:27 that “God created man in his own image.” Just fathom the gravity of those words. Humanity is not a prototype of God, but rather made in the image of the Creator. This isn’t cookie-cutter business. God is not the
cutter and whereby we are the dough where God’s edges cut through. That would imply a replica, or copy, which would be beyond incredible in itself. No, God ensures we would know we are actually, physically, metaphysically, emotionally, and spiritually made in God’s own image. This is a seven-word description to stop us in our tracks.

Because if we are feeling the essence of the Imago Dei, we have a giant reason not to doubt our worth. Because if we are reeling inside of the Imago Dei, we have an ordained gift to show up as our full, authentic selves. Because if we truly believe what is written, we will roll in the Imago Dei imagery like a happy, panting dog in the summer mud. And if we adhere to the language as writ, we will treat everyone as if they too are made in the image of God. We will not, not, judge another human by their skin tone, background, religious preferences, culture, or country of birth. Let us bring the birthplace of Creation, the Word of God, the womb of Genesis into our own hearts so that we may indeed treat one another as equals.

By Audrey, 10th grade, and Halie, 9th Grade,

4th and College Church of Christ, Cordell, OK

 

“What is a good person?”  I get asked this question all the time. When asked, a few people come to mind. Patty Doran, or as she’s known by myself and the rest of the 4th and College Youth, Gigi, is one of those people. She was one of our small group leaders that would spend time with us every Wednesday, and every year she came with us to Winterfest, a huge youth rally in Arlington. Gigi is the very definition of a “good person”. She’s someone who shows love, peace, joy, kindness, patience, goodness, and, most importantly, faithfulness to our God, despite the situation. She’s a person who is not judgmental and holds no grudges against others, but she walks in forgiveness and understanding of anyone she meets. She’s a woman who is so strong, she can bring happiness and prosperity to any person she comes across. Gigi has shown me that there is something living inside of me, and that I’m on this earth for a purpose.

Gigi had to leave us, because she had to move in with her daughter because of her health. If I’ve learned anything from this woman it’s this, “Forget the mistakes of the past, and press on to the achievements of the future.” I will end with this. She’s a woman who is faithful to her faith, and she’s not scared of the future. “We are constantly seeking for answers, we are constantly chasing after the things that cause us pain, when we realize that He has already written our fate, and that within the outcome of every situation a blessing will gradually come to light.”

Farewell, Gigi, we love you!

In times past the transcendent God above made moves to show his immanence or closeness in the world and to the world. We see this in the creation of the universe (Gen 1:2) and especially in the breathing of the breath of life into Adam’s lifeless body in Gen 2:7 (both expressed as ruach – spirit). We see this at Sinai (Exo 19). We see this in the incarnation (enfleshment) of Jesus where God doesn’t just come close to humanity, rather, He becomes part of humanity (John 1:14). But the place where the transcendent God becomes immanent is most deeply personal and powerful to us today is through the indwelling presence of the Spirit in the lives of believers.

To think that the Holy, exalted God of the heavens would come down and become flesh in the incarnation of Jesus, the Christ, is a difficult thing to begin to comprehend. Just as difficult is the very Spirit of the transcendent God coming and making His home not just with us (as in Immanuel – “God with us”) but in us (and no I don’t know the Hebrew for that!).

When you become a Christian you become a jar of clay with a treasure inside (2 Cor 4:7). Your very existence changes. Your body still faces decay but the deposit for a better, resurrection, future has already been made and placed in you and sealed on you. As Paul would say in Christ you are a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). What makes us new creation is similar to what made the old creation – the Spirit of God hovering over the waters. The Spirit of God stirs in us and makes His home in us. I think this is why Jesus said in the Gospel of John that he would depart but send the Spirit and that we would do greater things than Jesus did – because the Spirit is in us empowering us and advocating to the Father on our behalf (Jhn 14:12).

If you are in Christ you are separating yourself from the realm of the flesh and intertwining yourself in the realm of the Spirit. This means everything changes. Your desires change. Your life changes. Your relationships change. Your outlook changes. Even the fruit your life produces changes from what is in line with and consistent with the flesh to what is consistent with the Holy Spirit. What you once counted as most important is now counted as loss and what you once had no regard for now becomes the core of your being.

Praise God for His indescribable gift…the gift of the Holy Spirit! If the church will invest more study, thought, prayer and reliance on the Spirit we will become a more graceful body of believers as well as a group more effective than we have ever been before. It all goes back to recognizing the work that God is doing not just around us, as we often point out, but even inside of us!

Pepperdine Bible lectures, now known as Harbor, concluded this past weekend and the audio is now up in itunes. The theme was on “The Spirit Filled People of God” and the classes were excellent. I would like to highlight the keynotes in particular: Rick Atchley, Don McLaughlin and Josh Ross. Their lectures were life-changing and have already impacted my daily routine. There were other keynotes that I am sure were equally good but I wasn’t able to attend them or listen to them yet. Check those out too! I would also recommend Don McLaughlin’s classes as well as Scot McKnight’s. Houston Heflin taught a very practical class “Pray Like You Breathe” on Breath Prayer (that is also the title of his very helpful book that came out last year). I hesitate to mention my own class but I believe the material I covered on Social Media has the potential to transform a lot of our more difficult online conversations. I talked about the psycho-somatic, spiritual and emotional factors that combine with the social media platform itself to make conversation difficult and then talked about how this creates the perfect resistance to make online conversation a spiritual discipline and how to go about it as such (currently audio #98).

Here is the link. I hope you enjoy this virtual, free library of resources on the Holy Spirit.

In the last post I mentioned the ire of the Jewish leaders that Jesus would heal a man on the Sabbath. There is a similar story in John 5 where Jesus heals the man by the pool called Bethesda. Once the man was healed, Jesus didn’t just tell him to stand. He told him to get up, take up his mat and walk (5:8). The Jewish tradition specifically said carrying a mat on the Sabbath was “work” so they believed Jesus was breaking the Sabbath. Jesus told him to do something unnecessary to demonstrate his healing. He told him something that would provoke a bigger conversation about the nature of Jesus himself.

Here is Jesus defense of his actions,

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” – 5:16-18.

The Jews believed that God was at work every single day. He was at work in the birth of children. God was at work adding people to the covenant at circumcision. Circumcision was always done on the 8th day after birth even if it was a Sabbath and no one considered that action work. The point is this. God can work on the Sabbath and not break Sabbath. The command was given for them, not for God himself. You can see in these verses that they very quickly understood exactly what Jesus was saying – that he was equating himself with God so they tried to kill him, just like we saw in Mark in the previous post.

God never stops working, even after He gives them the scriptures. It isn’t one or the other. It is both.

What does this have to do with baptism and the Holy Spirit?

Everything.

When Jesus was baptized the Spirit came upon him. When Peter invited the people at Pentecost to respond to Jesus he told them to repent and be baptized in Acts 2. We have focused so much on getting that verbiage perfect (the meaning of eis, for instance) but often missed what he promised next. He told them not just what they should do but also what God would do – God would give them the gift of the Spirit and forgive their sins. To be fair, we catch the forgiveness of sins part but often neglect the gift of the Spirit part at least for us today. We relegate that to be a first century thing rather than a today thing. The problem with that view is that Peter specifically says this promise isn’t just for them but for generations to come and even for those who are far off. This wasn’t just a first century, one generation, promise.

The view many of us grew up hearing was that the gifts of the Holy Spirit were needed only for one generation in order to confirm the Gospel before the Bible was written and was given only by the apostolic laying on of hands. So when the apostles died so did the possibility of imparting the gifts. This view has been used not only to discredit miraculous gifts today but also the necessity of the indwelling of the Spirit today. But Peter isn’t talking about imparting miraculous gifts. Peter is talking about reception of the Spirit himself.

Here is my point – it is normative for the Spirit to be connected with baptism. Because that is the case, we can safely assume that every time someone is baptized, the Spirit is working. We saw it first with Jesus and then we see that same thing promised by Peter in Acts 2. I believe we can put the pieces of this view together in Peter and Paul’s letters and then connect that back to John 5 and God’s work.

Peter and Paul connect the resurrection of Jesus to the work of the Holy Spirit. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” – 1 Peter 3:18. We read something similar in Romans 8:11, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

Jesus was raised back to life, from death and the grave, by the Holy Spirit.

Why is this significant? It is significant because Paul connects our baptism with Jesus’ resurrection. So the Spirit is at work in Jesus’ resurrection and our resurrection is a parallel of Jesus’ so the Spirit is at work in our baptism. We see this in Romans 6 that in our baptism we re-enact Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. We are united with him in these things by being buried in the water where our old self dies and are raised in new life. If what happened to Jesus happens to us, paired with Peter’s promise of the Spirit at baptism in Acts 2, then the Spirit is at work every time someone is baptized into Christ. If that is true, then cessation of the work of the Spirit today is wrong.

The truth of the matter is that the Spirit is at work every single day in our lives in a very real way. Once we open ourselves up to that reality then we can become more and more in tune and aware of the Spirit’s working in our lives. We shouldn’t just wonder if it happens. We should expect it.

There is a series of stories in Mark 3 that was part of my change of heart and mind on the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath. The reaction of the Pharisees was not to recognize the prophesied work of the Spirit and the Messiah and praise God for it! No. Instead, the plotted to kill Jesus (Mark 3:6). A few verses later Jesus is challenged on his miracles. None of his opponents deny that Jesus did any of the miracles. That is undeniable. They know that no man of God, much less Messiah, would be a lawbreaker and breaking the Sabbath would certainly be breaking the Law (although Jesus didn’t really break the Sabbath). So they reasoned that Jesus’ power must come from somewhere else. Who else could grant power over the human body? Well, the demons sure seemed to be able to influence the human body and its wellness or illness. So they reason that Jesus is in league with the devil, with Beelzebul, the prince of demons (Mark 3:22) and they accuse him this.

What Jesus says next is stunning,

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.” – Mark 3:23-30

I certainly don’t want to be guilty of an eternal sin. It sure seems to me that the eternal sin Jesus is talking about here is witnessing the very work of the Holy Spirit and attributing it to another power, even the devil himself. Now, I cannot ever remember attributing something that I thought was holy and right to the devil. But, if the Holy Spirit was actively involved in the world and even in my life, and I didn’t care to notice it or even flat out denied that reality, I was not far from what Jesus was talking about here. Imagine that the Holy Spirit is working today while the very people of God are saying not only that it doesn’t happen but that it is false teaching to say that it does. In all of our “play it safe” theological reasoning this one didn’t work out very well. In my mind, the conservative view on this would be to affirm the operation of the Spirit because it is affirming what the Bible directly teaches. Our arguments to the contrary have typically been reactionary to disprove the theology of others rather than from anything directly taught in the text itself.

I would much rather attribute things to the Spirit and be wrong about it in the end than fail to attribute things to the Spirit that the Spirit never did and be wrong about it in the end. The reason itself may not be the most compelling reasoning every constructed (although it was for me) but the consequence of being wrong on this matter was too great for me to ignore. This was one more brick out of the wall.

What were some of the compelling reasons you have adjusted your view on the Holy Spirit over the years?

Marvin Phillips was a common man lifted mightily by God to reach deeply into the recesses of the human heart.  He had a way…did he not…of connecting with every level and caliber of people.  And was that not the identical trek of Jesus?  Yes, it is the Suffering Servant who influenced this man to imagine reaching to the entire world.

I had the incredible fortune of getting to walk beside Marvin on all kinds of paths.  We laughed an awful lot…and often we wept.  He tried to teach me to keep smiling.  And, wasn’t Marvin the master of that?  He lit up every room.  I watched him bring abundant joy to large crowds when, all the while, he was dealing with constantly harsh criticism.  This is one of the things that made Marvin…well…Marvin.  He understood the normal sufferings of the common man and woman.  Indeed, God used this friend of ours for he was a very humble man.

While he was often found to be on center-stage, at times with some famous and influential people, Marvin’s heart was never distracted from rooting for the sufferer in the audience.  He had learned something from God and was destined, insistently so, to forward the Good News!  This friend of ours may have been a Master Speaker, but such skill came about only because he was first a Master Learner.  Marvin walked with a listening ear toward the Spirit of God.

This great man of giantastic ability will live in perpetuation even though his body now rests for a bit.  He lit our spirits and taught us to expect to soar with hope and joy and love.  If his words weren’t enough, his smile created a contagion of magnificent impact.  What made him tick?  What was it that caused him to be as magic among us?  It seems simple to me.  Marvin Phillips never forgot that he was a sinner like all of the rest of us who caught a glimpse of grace and mercy…and his heart was so flooded by this marvel that he could not help but tell every person, every church, and every nation that crossed his path.

Marvin was never about Marvin.  No he was obsessed with two overriding goals: Giving glory to God and cheering you and me onward.  Thank.  You.  Friend.

The more you study the Bible the more your views will change. It is inevitable and it is good. Somehow change has become a byword in our fellowship especially in two areas: worship practices and our view on the Holy Spirit.

I grew up like many people in my fellowship, believing the Holy Spirit had little to nothing to do with my life. The work of the Spirit was complete as soon as the last word of Revelation was penned. The work of the Spirit was confined to the inspiration of the scriptures and little more as far as our lives today were concerned and I believed that to be true and argued vigorously with others that was the case. The perfect in 1 Cor 13:13 was the Bible so that when the perfect, the Bible, was complete there was no more need for the gifts of the Spirit outlined in 1 Cor 12-13.

In many ways my argument was more of an anti-other-group argument more than a biblical argument. That doesn’t mean my argument didn’t come from the Bible. It did. It came from texts cobbled together to fit a structure that already existed in my mind. I had the blueprint and the Bible contained the material I needed to construct my house of cards. My theology was a reactionary theology rather than biblical theology. I knew the other guys (Pentecostals in this case) were wrong and so there must be another way to explain the verses that would otherwise prove them right and me wrong. With enough muscle and the right shovel I could be sure to win the day. So I had to find a way to make sense of those verses even if that meant ignoring context, biblical languages, etc. It was a classic case of eisegesis, although I wasn’t aware of that word at that time that is what it was – reading my biases and preconceived ideas and even conclusions back into the text, overriding the meaning of scripture and bending the text to my view rather than digging into the text and allowing it muscle me around to hear what it wanted to say and me bending my view to it.

Here was my preconceived conclusion, my bias, the Holy Spirit no longer operated in any meaningful way today. The Spirit told us everything that needs to be said in the Bible, via inspiration, and so the Spirit’s work is done. The Spirit has no meaningful relationship with us in this day and age. All we need is the Bible. Period. Anyone who taught otherwise was wrong and maybe even a false teacher.

Now, in a sense, part of what I just said is true. All we need is the Bible. Irony of ironies…what unraveled my view on the Spirit was the very Bible that was supposed to show me that the Spirit no longer operated in our lives today. The more I studied and the more I came to understand what the Holy Spirit inspired in the words of scripture, which had authority over my life and doctrine, were telling me that if the Spirit doesn’t operate today then I am in a heap of trouble. It was my conservatism (that the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God no matter what anyone else tells you on a matter) that lead me to change my view on the Spirit because I was accepting what the Bible had to say on this in spite of what my tradition was saying to me in those days.

Coming to understand the Spirit as active today did not necessitate embracing miraculous gifts like they had in the first century. This was the assumption I came to the discussion with and since I thought that was indensible I thought I had an open and shut case against the work of the Spirit. It was the Bible that began to show me that the Spirit had far more work to do that enable people to do the gifts we see in the New Testament. In fact, the most vital work the Spirit does has nothing to do with those things. So what I had set out to prove or disprove wasn’t even the right conversation from the start once I understood the work of the Spirit had more to it than miraculous gifts.

Here were some key verses for me changing my mind on the Spirit.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” – Rom 8:1-2

If the Spirit isn’t working today I have no means to be set free from the law of sin and death. I am stuck. Someone might say the Bible is the law of the Spirit but notice it is the Spirit who is identified as the one who gives us life. Without the Spirit’s work we are dead.

Then Paul writes,

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” – Rom 8:5-6

I believe living in accordance with the Bible is to live in accordance with the Spirit but Paul didn’t say it that way. He said those who live in accordance with the Spirit are connected with the very desires of the Spirit himself. I see no way that can occur without the activity of the Spirit, today, in some way. Then Paul writes that this mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Paul is directly saying that our mind can be governed and must be governed by the Holy Spirit. Sounds like work to me…it sounds like the necessary work of the Spirit in the life of the believer that without we are in a mess. I want that and I saw no way to think I would be okay without the Spirit doing that with me today.

I will get to other passages outside Romans 8 in a moment but I want to stick with Paul’s line of thinking for one more comment,

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” – Romans 8:9-14

As Christians we live in the realm of the Spirit. That sounds difficult, impossible even, if the Spirit is distant and has no function in the world today. I certainly want to belong to Christ and in verse 9 Paul says directly we can’t without the Spirit. Then notice verses 10-14 where Paul directly says the Spirit does specific actions: “The Spirit gives life…”, “The Spirit…will also give life to your mortal bodies…”, “those who are led by the Spirit.” These are all necessary actions of the Spirit across all generations.

It sounded to me like without the Spirit’s work in my life I was dead, not raised, and was in a heap of trouble but with the Spirit at work, today, these things were just as true in my life today as they were in the first century.

The last verse in Romans 8 that taught me the Spirit is very much at work today was verse 26 where the Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know what we ought to pray for. How is that cessation of the Spirit’s activity?

What I began to realize was that in my quest to understand things in absolute terms I had reject things I could only know in part. Well, to be truthful although I couldn’t see it at the time, I had actually been picking and choosing which things I was comfortable knowing with what I thought was absolute knowledge and those things that I was uncomfortable with. The Spirit landed firmly in the arena of uncomfortability whereas things like the Father and the Son never registered. How could I understand the Father in absolute terms or with absolute knowledge and yet I hadn’t rejected God’s work in the world! How strange.

I found help in Galatians, Ephesians and in 1 Corinthians. My biggest reactions had been against visible miraculous manifestations of the Spirit (as they had in the first century – speaking in tongues, prophesy, etc) and against the Spirit speaking to people in ways other than the Bible. I began to see that neither of those things had to be necessary in order for the Spirit to still be at work today. More on that later but my point here is, that what I had been rejecting went too far, and left no room for the Spirit’s work in any meaningful way in my life apart from the Word of God. Yet, the very words the Spirit inspired were pointing me to the very reality of the Spirit’s ever present work in our world today, that is, if I am to take the Bible seriously.

I learned in Ephesians 1 that when someone becomes a Christian they are marked with a seal of the Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13). That certainly seems like a universal promise and has nothing to do with miraculous gifts that I had been taught to reject. I saw in Eph 2:18 that it is by the Spirit that we have access to the Father. This would make sense given what we covered in Romans 8:26 but I knew I wanted access to the Father and that sure seemed to be the Spirit’s work, today. I learned in Ephesians 4 that it is the Spirit who brings unity to God’s people. That doesn’t sound like the Spirit is no longer at work either. I certainly wanted the Spirit to do that, maybe I shouldn’t just want the Spirit to do these things, rather I should expect the Spirit to do these things!

On and on the list could go but it was the Bible itself that undermined my idea that the Spirit’s work was complete when the last word of the Bible was penned. The door was cracked open. There was so much more to see once I got my foot in the door! More on that later.

What has been your experience in our biblical view on the Holy Spirit in Churches of Christ? What have you found refreshing? What have you found challenging? Has your view changed over time? Why or why not?

As a part of this month’s focus on the Holy Spirit, I’m working on a couple different opportunities for dialogue and conversation about our hymnological and musical experience in Churches of Christ with regard to the subject of and person o f the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead, the Trinity.

If you would be so kind, take a moment and fill out this short poll so we can have some information from you to help us as we anticipate this conversation.

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