The Friendly Ghost (Pentecost)

The Friendly Ghost (Pentecost)


Chris Breslin

John 14:15-31

“The Spirit is the shy member of the Trinity. He always points to Jesus.” –Dale Bruner

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” –Flannery O’Connor

“Attending to people’s sexual and relational lives is a critical part of [the] journey of discipleship because we are connectional beings.” –Jonny Grant (from Divine Sex)

Horseback on Sunday morning,

harvest over, we taste persimmon

and wild grape, sharp sweet

of summer’s end. In time’s maze

over fall fields, we name names

that went west from here, names

that rest on graves. We open

a persimmon seed to find the tree

that stands in promise,

pale, in the seed’s marrow.

Geese appear high over us,

pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,

as in love or sleep, holds

them to their way, clear

in the ancient faith: what we need

is here. And we pray, not

for new earth or heaven, but to be

quiet in heart, and in eye,

clear. What we need is here.

-Wendell Berry, The Wild Geese


Acts 2:1-4

John 3:8

James 1:17

John 15:5

John 1:14

John 1:14 (the Message)

2 Peter 1:3

Romans 8:11

Galatians 5:22-23

John 16:13


The Spirit vs. The Kick Drum by Derek Webb (from Stockholm Syndrome album)

George & Elaine without Jerry clip (from Seinfeld)


John Resources

Gospel of Glory by Richard Baukham

The Gospel According to John, vol 2 (Anchor Bible Commentary) by Fr. Raymond Brown

The Gospel of John: a Commentary by F.D. Bruner

John: a Commentary by Mariane Meye Thompson

Further Pentecost/Holy Spirit Reading

On the Holy Spirit by Basil the Great

Resounding Truth by Jeremy Begbie

The Book of Acts (NICNT Commentary) by F.F. Bruce

The Holy Spirit: The Shy Member of the Trinity by F.D. Bruner

The Forgotten God by Francis Chan

Paul, the Spirit, & the People of God by Gordon Fee

Presence, Power, & Promise: the Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament ed. Firth & Wegner

Living the Christian Year by Bobby Gross

Creator Spirit: the Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human by Steven Guthrie

Imitating God in Christ by Jason Hood

The Descent of the Dove by Charles Williams


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