Category: Pneumatology

Pentecost: A Church Called to Go Forth

What, if anything, does the great feast of Pentecost say to the Church today?

Holy Sense of the Faithful, Theologians!

My first graduate course in theology sucker-punched me.  The subject was ecclesiology, and studying the church while thinking for the first time about the Holy Spirit’s work blew me away.  One idea in particular caught my attention:  the sensus fidelium.  First, because cool Latin phrase.  But second, and more substantively, because […]

Speaking the Language of God

For me, “speaking in tongues” has always been the most fascinating part of the Pentecost story in Acts 2. In “possessing” the Apostles and speaking through them, the Holy Spirit becomes extraordinarily visible. Even this unusual manifestation is ambiguous, assessed equally in wonder and dismissal. (One of my […]

Oh the Movements of the Holy Spirit!

Karl Rahner once wrote, “Christians, for all their orthodox profession of faith in the Trinity, are almost just ‘monotheist’ in their actual religious experience. One might almost dare to affirm that if the doctrine of the Trinity were to be erased as false, most religious literature could be […]

Led by the Spirit

Today’s readings, two days after Pentecost, feature Jesus giving his disciples a mission. He tells them “You are the salt of the earth” and “You are the light of the world.” They are tasked with bringing some seasoning and illumination to all the nations. They are, as Elwood […]

Introducing Shark Week VI: Visions of the Holy Spirit

In academic theological circles, the phrase “theology of the Holy Spirit” is not often spoken; instead, the extremely fancy word pneumatology takes its place.  Pneumatology comes from two Greek words, as so many things in academia do.  Pneuma, or πνεῦμα, meaning “breath,” “soul” or “spirit.”  See 2 Samuel 23, verses 1-2 . […]

The Pope of Surprises

Early this morning I received a few text messages before 7:15am. Generally, this should be a bad thing. Who died? What did I forget to do? When I saw they came from my theologian friends, my sleepy mind went right to Rome and I had flashbacks to my […]