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by Jack Levison

eBook Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life download ISBN: 1612610684
Author: Jack Levison
Publisher: Paraclete Press; 5/28/12 edition (May 1, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 218
ePub: 1779 kb
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Rating: 4.3
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Category: Christian Books
Subcategory: Bible Study and Reference

In the Bible, the Holy Spirit staggers us with its unexpectedness

In the Bible, the Holy Spirit staggers us with its unexpectedness. The Holy Spirit is not just about speaking in tongues, spiritual gifts or 'fruits'-but also about our deepest breath and our highest human aspirations. Popular teacher Jack Levison brings a scholar's knowledge of this complicated biblical topic to a wide audience that crosses all denominational boundaries. His new book aims to do nothing less than clarify 2,000 years of confusion on the topic of who the Holy Spirit is, and why it matters.

n the Bible, the Holy Spirit staggers us with its unexpectedness

n the Bible, the Holy Spirit staggers us with its unexpectedness. The Holy Spirit is not just about speaking in tongues, spiritual gifts or fruits -but also about our deepest breath and our highest human aspirations. Popular teacher Jack Levison brings a scholar’s knowledge of this complicated biblical topic to a wide audience that crosses all denominational boundaries. Provocative and life-changing, Fresh Air combines moving personal anecdotes, rich biblical.

Fresh Air is, well, a breath of fresh air. Jack Levison fuses an accurate but unpretentious examination of the Holy Spirit in Scripture with a lively and generous style that invites the entire Christian community, regardless of label, to embrace God's Spirit in the everyday ordinariness of life. Fresh Air is exactly what its title promises: a lively, fresh study of the theology of the Holy Spirit by a brilliant and spirited theologian. If there is such a thing as poignant Christian midrash, then this surely is i. - -Phyllis Tickle.

Author Jack Levison discusses the Holy Spirit. On my last stage of a new book on the Holy Spirit in the gospels Baker Academic, I hope by the end of the month. All sorts of insights Into the Holy Spirit I did not expect to find when I began my study of the Gospels. July 22 ·. Jack Levison.

Jack Levison is professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University

In the Bible, the Holy Spirit staggers us with its unexpectedness  . Jack Levison is professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University. He's written an engaging book with each of the chapters profiling people from the Bible and illuminating aspects of the spirit's activity.

n the Bible, the Holy Spirit staggers us with its unexpectedness His new book aims to do nothing less than clarify 2,000 years of confusion on the topic of who the Holy Spirit i. .

n the Bible, the Holy Spirit staggers us with its unexpectedness.

Lively, wise, profound, and winsome, this refreshing new book takes the Holy Spirit from the mountaintop to the grit of everyday life by showing us that the Holy Spirit is not just about speaking in tongues, spiritual gifts or "fruits"--but also about our deepest breath and our highest aspirations. Provocative and life-changing, Fresh Air blends moving personal stories, rich biblical studies, and practical strategies for experiencing the daily presence of the Holy Spirit where we least expect it--in human breathing, in social transformation, in community, in hostile situations, and in serious learning. Small wonder that Scot McKnight calls Fresh Air "the most biblical, wide-ranging, innovative, and refreshing book on the Holy Spirit in years," and Eugene Peterson calls it "a rare and remarkable achievement."
Comments: (7)
crazy mashine
Fresh Air does indeed take a new and considered look at worship as shown to us by the early Christian church. I would like to see all such enticements to things in a new way be so carefully researched and provided with such a firm foundation of premise.
However, I left this well laid out book unconvinced that it offered a new hope. I did not see how a mix of proficy and teaching would cure the woes of today's church or what a church that embraced his solution would look like. The book felt unfinished.
Gosar
Comprehensive, yet comprehensible and utilitarian survey of the invisible, yet omnipresent member of the Holy Trinity. Very informative and insightful, inviting both reflection and participation.
Blackseeker
I appreciate the focus in this book on how those in the Qumran community used the phrase "holy spirit" or "spirit of holiness". But it would be wrong to assume that the Qumran community were the first and only ones to use the phrase "holy spirit". See here - Jubilees 1 (written by a Pharisee around 135 BC)- But they are Thy people and Thy inheritance, which thou hast delivered with thy great power from the hands of the Egyptians: create in them a clean heart and a holy spirit, and let them not be ensnared in 22 their sins from henceforth until eternity.' And the Lord said unto Moses: 'I know their contrariness and their thoughts and their stiffneckedness, and they will not be obedient till they confess 23 their own sin and the sin of their fathers. And after this they will turn to Me in all uprightness and with all (their) heart and with all (their) soul, and I will circumcise the foreskin of their heart and the foreskin of the heart of their seed, and I will create in them a holy spirit, and I will cleanse them so that they shall not turn away from Me from that day unto eternity

Also Psuedo-Philo mentions the phrase "holy spirit" many times which was written around the time of Jesus but was not connected to the Qumran community.

I am really surprised but I do not think there was even a mention of Psalm 51:11 - Do not take your holy spirit from me"! or Isaiah 63:10 - "Yet they rebelled and grieved his holy spirit"! Or no mention was made between "holy spirit" and "the spirit of the holy gods" in Daniel 4 and 5!

I do like his emphasis on keeping a proper balance of the spirit in our life and how sometimes it can be the spirit who drives us into the wilderness. Probably the best point in the book.

I just thought he never really jelled together the idea he was supporting that the spirit is something that everyone has, yet the spirit is also something that is given to people. So how do these two things function together in Scripture? We are left with no answer! Ezekiel 36:26 hints at something when it talks about a new spirit, and 2 Cor. 5:17 and Galatians 6:15 when they talk about a new creation. These themes would seem to be very pertinent to a book like this. It is almost captured in the title of the book "Fresh Air" but too bad he did not expand upon this.

Also I disagree with Dr. Levison if he is saying memorizing Scripture will lead to inspiration. In my experience it led to division. I have met many a person who would use memorization a measuring stick of maturity. The key to growth in Christ is not memorization but comprehension. So when you do have Bible studies, it should not be just reading and letting it soak in, because most people if they are honest have no idea what they just read means!

Also with all his emphasis on the spirit working slowly, there are many examples in Scripture where the Spirit works quickly and suddenly - the boy who rose from the dead through Elijah's prayers and breath. The spirit swooping up Philip on a road to another city! So it should be granted that the Spirit does work this way and I have experienced a welling up in my soul ready to explode when the Spirit was speaking to me. It was a prompting during a prayer service to go up and play a particular song on the piano, which led to repentance of those in attendance of various things. But I agree that I don't think the spirit would want to work that way when it comes to rebuking someone. That is where the gentleness should enter in.

Overall the book helpfully broadans the usage of the spirit which is important, but ends up confusing one in how the Spirit is not given but is given.
grand star
Read and studied this book with a group of ladies in my Bible Study Class. Very enlightening.
Goodman
!A good read that is soldierly based on the Old and New Testament
Nakora
Book made you think about the holy spirit and the effect on your life.
Munigrinn
Still reading, love it.
A book of unique personal and theological depth that explores the difficult-to-articulate dynamics of God's Spirit/spirit. Through a diverse but focused look at the Bible, FRESH AIR begins creating a language through which everyday people can think clearly about the mystery of God's indwelling presence without being reductionistic and formulaic. As a side benefit, the book poses an intrinsic challenge to the parts of us that want a Duality, not a Trinity, the parts of us that really do want a formulaic God instead of the Living God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and, supremely, Jesus. Wherever you stand theologically regarding the Spirit, this book can breathe new wisdom and vigor into your faith.