Archive for February, 2011
At First Things website, I have an essay where I briefly offer a few reasons why I think Pentecostalism has such a global reach. Check it out.
In a theological world increasingly interested in Pentecostalism and its celebration of the Holy Spirit, The Lord Is the Spirit represents an extraordinary contribution to the doctrine of God by a Pentecostal scholar. Gabriel’s account examines the divine attributes–omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, impassibility, immutability, and the like–and proposes that classical theism has not adequately taken into account the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. As a result, theology has overemphasized the transcendence of God. In response, Gabriel proposes that a pneumatological approach to the doctrine of God recovers an emphasis on divine immanence. The book offers a renewed emphasis on the Spirit in the understanding of the divine attributes and promises to do so from a distinctly evangelical and pentecostal perspective. What results from these efforts is a crisp, well-written, insightful, and highly instructive volume that should find its place into theological libraries not only among Pentecostals. The Lord Is the Spirit is a rewarding read for many audiences. Read the rest of this entry »
While it is absolutely necessary to have great engineers and scientists to design bridges, computers, develop cures for diseases and create the world’s great things, behind every great invention and innovation is a beautiful mind. I recently read about how Steve Jobs dropped out of college and was never really a great engineer or computer scientist, but his creative eye allowed him to produce some of the worlds most amazing things. One of the really simple but neat things that Steve pioneered in the 80′s was different fonts. Soon after Jobs decided to drop out of Reed College, he took a class in calligraphy for fun , he recounts: “If I had never dropped in on that single class in college the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts” (Steve Jobs: The Brilliant Mind Behind Apple, p. 37). It is this kind of ingenuity and artistic thinking that has guided America to where she is today.
After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well. – Albert Einstein
In retaliation for this injustice of legality trumping over economic hardship, Bouazizi doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire outside the Governor’s office. He passed away on January 4th, which ignited the protests leading to Tunisia’s president stepping down and fleeing the country.
The powder keg of discontent has been fanned across the Middle East in civil war, with anti-government forces in Egypt demanding that President Hosni Mubarak step down in light of the escalating violence between anti- and pro- government supporters. The domino effects are rippling throughout the region, with Mubarak being in power for 31 years promising not to run for reelection and transitioning the country without chaos, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in power for 20 years promising not to run in 2013, King Abdullah II of Jordan firing his Cabinet promising reforms, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir facing protests in Khartoum. Makes me think of Psalm 2:10: “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.” Read the rest of this entry »