We kick off Season 4 with Bishop Todd laying a strong foundation for our 2021 theme—Life in the Spirit. Bishop Todd shares a biblical understanding of the Holy Spirit and His role, why power and formation are intricately connected, and how we can discern when the Spirit is speaking to us.

On the first half of the podcast, Bishop Todd and host the Rev. Erik Willits discuss:

  • Bishop Todd’s charismatic background
  • What the Bible says about the Holy Spirit
  • Why the Spirit is central in Bishop Todd’s life
  • The interplay of the Holy Spirit and our spirit

There is no other way than trial and error to distinguish between the Spirit and your own thinking or intuition.

On the second half of the podcast, the conversation turns to:

  • The connection between the Holy Spirit and our formation
  • How to think about prophecy
  • Why charismatic Christianity has nothing to do with style of church
  • The Christian leader’s relationship to power

If the Christian story is all about going to heaven when you die, the Father and the Son make sense, but the person of the Holy Spirit doesn’t make much sense.

Resources Mentioned

Gordon Fee

God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul

Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God

Listening to the Spirit in the Text

The First Epistle to the Corinthians

Richard Foster

Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith

James D.G. Dunn

Jesus and the Spirit: A Study of the Religious and Charismatic Experience of Jesus and the First Christians as Reflected in the New Testament

Scot McKnight

Open to the Spirit: God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us

Raniero Cantalamessa, former preacher to the pope

Sober Intoxication of the Spirit: Filled With the Fullness of God

Basil the Great

On the Holy Spirit

Chris Green

Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord’s Supper: Foretasting the Kingdom

Amos Young

Renewing the Church by the Spirit: Theological Education after Pentecost

The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology

N.T. Wright 

The New Testament and the People of God

The Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit


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