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Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Guarantor
The Spirit is the strange, personal presence of the living God himself, leading, guiding, warning, rebuking, grieving over our failings and celebrating our small steps toward the true inheritance.
Reflection | December 12, 2011
Coop's Column- Spirit at Work: Sender
This Good News - as every lesser piece of good news - is meant to be shared. And shared everywhere, always, by all who believe it.
Reflection | November 30, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Engifter
The Triune God, through the Spirit's ongoing work, equips each member of his body for being suitable helpers to each other.
Reflection | November 04, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Assurer
Doubting is cool nowadays—it’s “in.” Some Christians, a few pastors among them, seem to take no small delight in announcing that they’re no longer sure about the centralities of the faith.
Reflection | October 19, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: The Transformer's Instruments
God’s Word teaches that the Spirit employs four principal means for shaping Christians: Scripture, the sacraments, a person’s life experiences, and time.
Reflection | October 05, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: The Transformer's Aim
The Spirit’s aim is to give people aim in life. He seeks to direct them along a path which shall enable them, at their life’s close, to have marked progress in learning Christ’s deeper ways, in growing to love him more and more.
Reflection | September 20, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Transformer
“The Holy Spirit is writing us into the revelation, the story of salvation. We find ourselves in the story as followers of Jesus. … Our task is to obey—believingly, trustingly obey.”
Reflection | September 20, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Guide
With “two hands,” said St. Irenaeus, third-century bishop of Lyons, God teaches and guides his people—with the Word and the Spirit. In the last column we focused on the Spirit’s role in writing the Word. In this column we look at the Spirit’s work in guiding God’s people as they read and apply it.
Reflection | September 01, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Revealer
How do we humans know what we know or, at least what we think we know? The question of knowledge is one of the most centrally important—and vexingly complex—issues facing humankind today, and cries out for a solid, appropriate answer.
Reflection | August 18, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Protector
The source of this sturdy confidence, this quiet tranquility and hope? It is anchored in the confident trust Jesus’ community puts in his promise to them: “Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”
Reflection | August 05, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Illuminator
In order for God’s Word to achieve its Divinely intended purpose and effect, such an “Aha! That’s me!” response must happen within the hearts of those who read and hear it.
Reflection | July 18, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Exceptional
We focus on the Spirit’s work in creation—more specifically, on his act of creating each human being as a mirror of God.
Reflection | June 17, 2011
Coop's Column - Spirit at Work: Power to Make Our Lives Anew
When, as part of their Sunday worship, Jesus' followers join to declare, "I believe in the Holy Spirit," they’re saying a mouthful - a large mouthful.
Reflection | May 31, 2011