Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Books on the Holy Spirit (and related issues):

The following is a list of books I have related to the person and work of the Holy Spirit and related issues:

Stanley M. Horton's What the Bible Says about the Holy Spirit (Gospel Publishing House, Revised edition, 2005). An overview of the Holy Spirit from Genesis to Revelation with some practical and pastoral teaching on the role of the Spirit in the life of the believer and the church.

Wilf Hildebrandt's An Old Testament Theology of the Spirit of God (Hendrickson 1995). Here Hildebrandt explores every occurance of the Hebrew word for spirit "ruach" in the Old Testament. (A sort of OT version of Fee's GEP but shorter and less massive).

A Reader on the Holy Spirit: Anointing Equipping and Empowering for Service (ICFG, 1993). This is a compendium of articles on various issues related to the Holy Spirit by various folks in the Foursquare Church.

Gordon Fee's God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul (Hendrickson, 1994). The standard scholarly work on the Person and work of the Holy Spirit in Paul.

Gordon Fee's Paul, the Spirit and the People of God, (Hendrickson, 1996). An abridged and slightly modified version of GEP. Simply a must have for every Christian. Really, reading this book will challenge and probably change how you view what "church" is all about.

Gary Burge's The Anointed Community: The Holy Spirit in the Johannine Tradition (Eerdmans, 1987). More or less Gary Burge's doctoral dissertation in published format. Issues regarding a Johannine community aside (cf. Bauckham) it is a solid work on the role of the Spirit in John's writings.

Robert P. Menzies, Empowered for Witness: The Spirit in Luke-Acts (Sheffield Academic Press, 1991). I have a slightly different copy than the one linked and at a substantially cheaper cost from when Debbie and I were at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City in the Philippines in 2005. This is a published version of Menzies' doctoral dissertation and is a quite scholarly approach to the Spirit in Luke Acts. If I thought I could, I would love to go back and complete a ThM in Pentecostal/Charismatic Studies at APTS!

William W. and Robert P. Menzies' Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience (A call to Evangelical Dialogue) (Zondervan, 2000). This is a toned down variation of Roberts more scholarly approach in Empowered for Witness and probably a good place to star for those wanting to review and critique a theology of the Pentecostal Experience (basically it is a defense of IPE doctrine).

Roger Stronstad, The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke (Hendrickson, 1984). This is Strontads Masters Thesis. While it is a bit dated but still a solid presentation of the Holy Spirit in the Lukan Narratives. This would be good to get with Menzies' Spirit and Power book.

Blaine Charette, Restoring Presence: The Spirit in Matthew's Gospel (Sheffied Academic Press, 2000). Charette here presents one of the few (if not the only) solid case for a Matthean Pnumatology (theology of the Spirit).

Craig S. Keener's The Spirit in Gospels and Acts: Divine Purity and Power (Hendrickson, 1997). This has to be Kenner at his best regarding the background views of the Spirit in the Gospels and Acts - he focuses primarily on Jewish sources for a background context of the Spirit and how the early church viewed the work of the Spirit in the life of the believer and the church.

Craig S. Keener's Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today (Baker Academic, 2001). This would be good for anyone who wants to know more about who the Holy Spirit is and how he works in our lives. It is less scholarly (more pastoral) and geared to the average Christian interested in learning more about the Holy Spirit. I am not even sure this would be an expressly Pentecostal book but good for all Christians.

Craig S. Keener's 3 Crucial Questions About the Holy Spirit (Baker, 1996). This deals with three specific questions: What is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? How important are Spiritual Gifts today? How can we recognize the Spirit. Some of this may be repeated in Gift and Giver but I think it might be worth looking into.

David Lim's Spiritual Gifts: A Fresh Look (Gospel Publishing House, 1998). This is a more traditional AG view of Spiritual Gifts and their role in church. Still interesting nonetheless. It should absolutely be coupled with Kenneth Berding's What Are Spiritual Gifts?: Rethinking the Conventional View (Kregel Publications, 2006). This work opens up the idea of Spiritual Ministries as opposed to "gifts".

Frank D. Macchia's Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology (Zondervan, 2006). This is a systematic theology of the Holy Spirit.

Richard Gaffin, et al, Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? 4 Views (Zondervan, 1996). Gives for view for and against miraculous gifts.

Jack S. Deere's Surprised by the Power of the Spirit (Zondervan, 1996). This gives Deere's won account of his experience of the Holy Spirit in his life even while a professor at the infamous cessationist school Dallas Theological Seminary, form which he was promptly fired one it became known he received the Baptism of the Spirit.

Think I have enough books on the person and work of the Holy Spirit yet?



At 5:28 PM, Blogger Rhea said...

It's not a very "academic" book, but have you read They Speak with Other Tongues?? I really enjoyed it...it was especially helpful to me after I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and I really didn't understand the significance/importance of what happened (I didn't grow up in pentacostal/charismatic church).

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Bryan L said...

Wow that is a lot of books on pneumatology. I think you're missing Max Turners "The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts".
I love the Keener book "Gift and Giver". It is so candid.

Of course you know how I feel about Fee : )


At 8:28 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Rhea, I have heard of They Speak with other Tongues but have not seen it or know much about it. I am glad it was helpful for you. Though I have to admit I might be a bit leery of the author as I know he is associated with those a bit out on the fringe of the Charismatic/Third Wave movements.

Bryan, I didn't realize just how many I had but I guess it makes sense considering I did attend a Pentecostal Seminary. It would be interesting to read Turner's book since the one I have by Menzies Spirit and Power has a response to Turner. Robert Menzies did his PhD at Aberdeen under I. H. Marshall so he does good work.

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Rhea said...


What do you mean about the author being associated with those on the fringe? I had never heard that before, and I'm not exactly sure why that would be bad (or good for that matter).

For me, the book was very helpful, as it was journalistic/investigative, kinda like how The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith are.

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Nathan Stitt said...

My dad is considering getting his doctorate in Missiology at AGTS. I'm planning on visiting their library in the next month or two, as so far I've only been in the lobby.

(if you are ever in springfield again shoot me an email and we can have lunch or something)

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Brian said...

sweet, I did not realize you were in SGF. You should consider going too. It is a lot better school than people think (or realize). Where is your dad working in missions? The DMiss program looks good. I miss that place - have you been upstairs to the prayer room?

At 5:10 PM, Blogger Nathan Stitt said...

I'll be finishing my Masters this summer so I don't really feel up to going back for a third degree at this point. Also, it looks like I can teach myself Greek and Hebrew, so that diminishes much of the desire I'd have to go to seminary at this point. In an ideal world I would have done all this the first time around but I wasn't exactly living for Christ after high school...

The only time I have been in AGTS was shortly after ground-breaking the first year it was opened. I was in the lobby talking to some people and then left. I'm sure it looks much different now, though the only draw to me is the library. ;)

I got my bachelor's from Evangel cause of the 50% tuition discount for AG MKs. I ended up marrying and settling down in the area because my wife's family lives here. I was raised in CA & Chicago, but I suppose the Ozarks are as good a place as any (not really).

At 5:30 PM, Blogger Roger Mugs said...

one I looked into a few years back that I REALLY enjoyed because it was written over 100 years ago

Author Moody, Dwight Lyman, 1837-1899
Title Secret power : or, The secret of success in Christian life and work / by D. L. Moody
Publisher Info Chicago : F. H. Revell, c1881
Subject Holy Spirit
Christian life

check it out... it was REALLY cool.

At 10:26 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Rhea, I realized I might be wrong on John Sherill and since CBD has his book for $9.99 I am going to get it to check it out. I imagine it is not unlike Jack Deere's Surprised by the Spirit.

At 11:35 PM, Blogger Rhea said...


I think that I got my copy used at Amazon for a few bucks....might want to check out to see if they have any used to save some money (I have a sinking feeling that pastors don't have the largest salaries ;-) )

At 11:52 PM, Blogger Brian said...

we don't get a salary at all. not right now, the church is too small. we both have PT jobs on the side (and one of us will have to buck in and go full-time (but can't right now since we don't have anyone to watch our 15 mo daughter. Also, the book has already been shipped.

At 11:53 PM, Blogger Brian said...

but if you save a few extra bucks you should think about getting Menzies' Spirit and Power and or Keener's Gift and Giver.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Rhea said...


I will definitely put those on my list :-)

You said that your church is really small at the moment...is that b/c it's a recent church plant, or is it a church that sorta started to "die off" that you're hoping to revitalize, or........??

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Rhea, well, its a mix of things. The church was without a pastor for a while and many left who have yet to return; it is just the nature of the church here because of the highly transitional nature of the workers; they come and go; there is a strong desire to be independent here so people do their own thing (not unlike the old West), etc.

Unless God' builds the house the workers labor in vain - I am not sure it will really ever be big enough for one of us (me or debbie) to take a salary - maybe, with God nothing is impossible.

Pray for us as lead by the Lord (if you're willing).


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