spirit

Pentecost

June 8, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Numbers 11:24-30
Reading 2: 
Psalm 104:24-34, 35v
Reading 3: 
Acts 2:1-21
Reading 4: 
John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
Alt Reading 2: 
1 Cor 12:3-13
Alt Reading 1: 
Acts 2:1-21
By Ron Allen

On the Sundays after Easter, the Revised Common Lectionary turns its back on the Torah, Prophets and Writings by replacing that reading with one from Acts. This displacement is regrettable as it reinforces anti-Jewish instincts buried deep within the church. Consequently, in my view, on Pentecost Day the church should read from Numbers when the lectionary gives the choice between Numbers and Acts.

Indwelling Spirit/Christ in process theology

Question: 
What is the understanding of the indwelling Spirit/Christ in process theology?
Publication Month: 
May 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

The philosophical answer to this question based on the text of Whitehead is two-fold. Central to Whitehead’s philosophy is the divine presence in every occasion in the form of the initial aim. This is the immanence of the Primordial Nature of God. The Primordial Nature is the sphere of potentiality ordered so as to evoke maximum value in the world. The “initial aim” around which each occasion is brought into being is the effect of this primordial ordering in each unique situation. It is determined by God’s aim to increase value.

Day of Pentecost

May 19, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Acts 2:1-21
Reading 2: 
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:14-17
Reading 4: 
John 14:8-17, (25-27)
Alt Reading 2: 
Acts 2:1-21
Alt Reading 1: 
Genesis 11:1-9
By Ignacio Castuera

Some lectionary lists suggest using either the traditional Acts 2 reading or the story of the Tower of Babel found in Genesis 11. Using both will help convey the fact that the author of Luke/Acts had in mind that one of the most important roles of the Holy Spirit was ushering the time when Babel would be reversed and true communication be re-established.

Proper 4

June 3, 2012
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 6:1-8
Reading 2: 
Psalm 29
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:12-17
Reading 4: 
John 3:1-17
By Jeanyne B Slettom

Isaiah 6:1-8

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