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The anthropological concept of liminality provides a solution to the apparent conflict between data from Luke-Acts and data from Paul’s epistles regarding Spirit reception. Paul’s statements about a universal Christian experience of the Spirit were predicated upon a common liminal initiation practice. Paul does not describe the liminal experience of initiates, he simple assumes that … Continue reading The Liminal Spirit: Reading the Ritual Framework of Luke and Paul – by David J. McCollough
Luke’s presentation of Spirit reception involves liminality. That is, he presents the Spirit as being given to initiates during a ritual process that takes a certain amount of time to be completed. This is not to be understood as identical with Dunn’s concept of conversion-initiation, which is vertical in nature, i.e., God responds to human … Continue reading The Liminal Spirit in Luke-Acts – by David J. McCollough
It is good to celebrate our Christian heritage. This year heralds the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a milestone at which many Christians within this tradition will stop and celebrate their religious heritage, gratefully reflecting on the doctrinal truths affirmed by their 'ideological' forefathers. Indeed this jubilation is not without justification (no pun intended) … Continue reading The Gospel: Still the Power of God for Salvation – by Roland J. Lowther
To become a Christian is to be a traitor to one’s culture. A traitor to one’s country. A traitor to one’s family. So it seemed to the military leader of Japan, a Daimyo (a feudal lord and samurai) named, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. On his orders in 1597, twenty-six Christian missionaries were put to death in Nagasaki, … Continue reading He Is There (Redeeming all Cultures) and He is Not Silent – by Richard A. Shenk