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I’m always interested in hearing what Francis Chan has to say, but your embed code doesn’t seem to be working.
Much better now. And great stuff! Thanks for sharing.
Saint Seraphim of Sarov has a lot to say about the Holy Spirit in the book “Acquiring the Holy Spirit.” Well, “book” is an overstatement–it’s really quite short. It was a very eye-opening read to me.
I really like that he is moving away from the prevalent (and I hink somewhat pagan, even if it is also somewhat biblical) idea of the Holy Spirit as an experience, a possession. To me, it makes our religion more New Age and less reflective and deep. I know that there a lot of different instances of The Spirit in The Epistles, but I see Paul as placing the importance upon what Francis Chan is lacing the importance upon, here — The Comforter in times of trial. I wish he hadn’t made the war metaphor at the end, though.
He is interesting. I think that he is forgetting other passages about the Holy Spirit (for instance that the Holy Spirit is our teacher) so is a bit limited in that. In the particular instance of the Holy Spirit as comforter, I thought what he had to say was great.
He’s not forgetting that; he just didn’t get to it all in this one very short clip. He wrote a whole book on the Spirit, called Forgotten God. In it, he discusses much more.