Sunday, March 9

Random

There are so many good hamburgers here on Guam. Today it was back to Jeff's Pirates Cove -- one of my favorites -- and in a great setting.

Alister McGrath's Christian Theology: An Introduction has been sitting on my Amazon wish list for over a year. It's a bit pricey but there were some new (as opposed to used) third editions that have been showing up through the secondary Amazon vendors for $6 (the book is now in its fourth edition).

Mine arrived a few days ago -- all 600+ pages. Wow -- this a great book. I expected it to be more esoteric and heady (McGrath is brilliant!) but it is really quite a simple read. And the book is unique among introduction to theology texts in that it is framed by an historical and philosophical discussion. It's very thorough and very irenic in tone. This book goes to the top of my list for the next time I have to choose a theology textbook.

We were singing some songs about the Holy Spirit during our Sunday evening PIBC staff prayer gathering and it got me wondering -- Why is it that most of the songs and hymns about the Holy Spirit tend to be pensive and melancholy? (Yes, I know that there are a few exceptions.) Why do we rely so heavily on the minor keys when dealing with the work of the Spirit? What kind of theological statement are we making when we write (or perpetuate) such music? Do we need some more new Holy Spirit music?
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