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Belonging to a Spirit of Life: Pneumatological Foundations
Article from Journal - ilmiah internasional
International Review of Mission vol. 101 no. 395 (Nov. 2012)
Spirit of Life
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If you read in the ninth chapter of Luke, the account of Jesus' encounter with a Samaritan village on his way to Jerusalem, you find a story that is a microcosm of the challenge and critique of mission pneumatology, the Spirit in mission and the spirit which we bring to mission. The Samaritan village rejects Jesus' appeal for hospitality when its residents hear that his reason is not that he wants to see them, but that he wants to use them as a resting place on his way to Jerusalem. If we are unaware of the unresolved and ancient hostilities between Jews and Samaritans, they are made immediately apparent to us in the belligerent reaction of the disciples. Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them? It is not so much a question but a devout desire, a prayer even. These disciples have lived with Jesus for months now, they have seen him cure a Roman centurion's servant, feed the hungry, they have heard him preach liberation, call women to be his followers and challenge the disciples to live mercifully and gently, loving their enemies; at what point did he ever mention calling fire down from heaven? An opportunity for grace and peace, companionship and celebration is missed as sectarian attitudes desire to exclude, hurt and harm both enemies and the earth.
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