When I picked up Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit For an Inspired Life and saw endorsments from N.T. Wright, Eugene Peterson, Walter Brueggemann, Scot McKnight, William Willimon and Phillyis Tickle I got excited. I am always on the hunt for a good book on the Holy Spirit so seeing this one endorsed by some of my favorite […]
I was driving into downtown Seattle when I heard the news of Randy “Mack” Wolford’s death on National Public Radio, in a British accent no less. Randy, a snake-handler in West Virginia, had died — bitten by a snake and poisoned. Mack had a spare room full of poisonous snakes, and he used to lie […]
When I arrived at church on Pentecost Sunday a few years ago, I sat down in the pews and looked up to see red and orange balloons in the rafters, and a small red candle on the altar. The service bulletin explained that these were meant to symbolize the famous “tongues of fire” of the […]
“People had told me Jack Levison was a great teacher, and when I read this book I realized why. His excitement is infectious; he tells a great story; he sets little-known biblical passages on fire and drills down to unimagined depths in well-known ones. He has a boyish enthusiasm, but his account of the holy spirit—and what the spirit […]
In Jolo, West Virginia, there are members of a small Christian church who handle live, poisonous snakes. The snake handlers believe the snakes can’t hurt them, because they’re protected by something called “the spirit.” The notion of the spirit goes back to some of the earliest documented religions, and Jack Levison believes the spirit acts […]
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If it were not an objectionable pun, I would say that Levison’s tour de force is breathtaking in its scope, depth, and erudition. He has written a book that opens up new vistas of interpretation beyond all our settled categories in both Judaism and Christianity. He moves readily between the Judaism of Philo and the Christian […]
Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison and I were privileged to speak at Trinity Western University’s Gender Studies Institute on March 31, 2011. Our talk, entitled, “Three Waves of Feminism, One Bible” explored feminism in its three waves from the late nineteenth century to the present, have considered the Bible to be a critical text both for and against women’s liberation. […]