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Illustrated Bible Life Features Wayman Article on Luke's Account of the Holy Spirit

By Carla Morris

IBLCover-Winter2018Imagine the meaning we’d miss in The Fellowship of the Ring if J.R. R. Tolkien wrote the wizard Gandalf as a bit-player of minor consequence. Likewise, we’d miss the power of the plot in the Acts of the Apostles if the Holy Spirit’s role was downplayed.

But that is not the case, says Assistant Professor Ben Wayman ’02 in a forthcoming article, “Luke’s Theology of the Holy Spirit,” for Illustrated Bible Life, Winter 2018-19 (The Foundry Publishing, 2018).   

“The Holy Spirit is the main character of Acts,” he says “God the Holy Spirit gives the church everything it needs through power and presence, baptism and bread, discernment and discipline, to be God’s witness to the ends of the earth.”

The Illustrated Bible Life series draws from collaborative work of various scholars from the Wesleyan perspective—The Salvation Army, Wesleyans, Evangelical Friends, Free Methodists and others. Its most recent issue focuses on the Savior coming and living among us. Wayman’s article draws insights from Luke’s unfolding accounts that begin in in the gospel bearing his name and continue in Acts.

“In this two-volume story, Luke shows us that the Holy Spirit does what God does: set people free, deliver them from death, and gather them into a community called church,” writes Wayman.

Wayman, G.U.’s James F. and Leona N. Andrews Chair in Christian Unity, also teases out a thread of unity in Luke’s account and reveals the Holy Spirit’s continued work to unify by gathering a diverse people to live together in a “cross-and-resurrection community.” The church—a family of strangers, “full of God and for the world”—was God’s plan all along.

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This story was published on January 09, 2019

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