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J. Rodman Williams (1918-2008), Ph.D., is considered to be the father of renewal theology. He served as a chaplain in the Second World War, he was a church pastor, college professor, and key figure in the charismatic movement of the 1960s. Beginning in 1982, he taught theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and became Professor of Renewal Theology Emeritus there in 2002. Author of numerous books, he is perhaps best known for his three volume Renewal Theology (Zondervan, 1996).

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today

Every chapter from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Spring 2002: Author’s Preface Spring 2002: Introduction Spring 2002: Chapter One: Background Summer 2002: Chapter Two: Dimensions Fall 2002: Chapter Three: Response Winter 2003: Chapter Four: Purpose, Part 1 Spring 2003: Chapter Four: Purpose, Part […]

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The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today

The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today

The final installment from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Epilogue & Bibliography This book has been written with excitement and hope. If it is true that many people today are freshly experiencing the gift of the Holy Spirit, there is much to be […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Effects, Part 2

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Effects, Part 2

The first part of chapter eight from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter Eight: Effects, Part 2 Third, still another effect of the gift of the Holy Spirit is that of providing an assurance of God’s act of salvation. The Holy Spirit bears […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Effects, Part 1

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Effects, Part 1

The first part of chapter eight from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter Eight: Effects, Part 1 We come finally to a consideration of the effects or results of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our concern is not so much with long-range […]

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The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today (Chapter 7)

The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today (Chapter 7)

  The seventh chapter from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter Seven: Context The matter before us next is that of the context in which the Holy Spirit is given. Already we have emphasized that the gift of the Holy Spirit comes to […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Means

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Means

  The sixth chapter from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter Six: Means We turn now to a consideration of the gift of the Holy Spirit in relation to water baptism and the laying on of hands. Our concern at this point is […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Reception

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Reception

  The fifth chapter from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter Five: Reception The Holy Spirit is given to those who believe in Jesus Christ. From all that has been said about the Holy Spirit being the Spirit of the exalted Lord and […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Purpose, Part 2

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Purpose, Part 2

  The second part of chapter four from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter Four Continued: Purpose, Part 2 Let us now move on to note how the gift of the Holy Spirit enables the performance of mighty works. The witness to Christ […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Purpose, Part 1

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Purpose, Part 1

  The first part of chapter four from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter Four: Purpose The central purpose for the gift of the Holy Spirit is power. The biblical term is dunamis—power, strength, might, force—and as the gift of the Holy Spirit, […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Response

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Response

  The third chapter from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time.   Chapter Three: Response The human response to the giving of the Holy Spirit is essentially the praise of God. When human existence—individually and in community—is bathed with the divine presence, there is […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Dimensions

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Dimensions

  The second chapter from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter Two: Dimensions We come now to a consideration of the actual giving of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit promised by the Father, sent by the Son, becomes an event in time […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Background

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Background

  The first chapter from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Chapter One: Background It is important at the outset to reflect upon the background for the gift of the Holy Spirit. For what took place in first-generation Christianity, as recorded in the book […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Introduction

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Introduction

  The introduction from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time. Introduction An exploration of “the gift of the Holy Spirit” in first-generation Christianity means turning basically to the New Testament record. Non-canonical writings, such as those of the Apostolic Fathers, are of some help, […]

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Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Preface

Rodman Williams: The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today: Preface

  The preface from Professor Williams’ book, The Gift of the Holy Spirit Today, about the greatest reality of our time.   Author’s Preface One of the most extraordinary Christian facts of our time is the claim of many people to be freshly experiencing “the gift of the Holy Spirit.” They speak of “receiving the […]

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