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THE GIVING GIFT [Paperback]

By Thomas A. Smail (Author) & A. Smail Thomas (Author)
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This major study breaks new ground, going beyond the issue most discussed in charismatic circles (the working of the Holy Spirit) to tackle questions relating to the person of the Holy Spirit and his relationships to the Father and the Son, as well as his relationship to people. Smail's theological horizons are impressively broad, embracing historical orthodoxy and including the Roman and Eastern Orthodox traditions, as well as contemporary theology. He combines full theological literacy with personal insight into renewal, thus illuminating a contemporary experience of the Holy Spirit with the sovereignty of God in salvation. In The Giving Gift he offers a positive understanding of Christian tradition in its relation to Scripture and a new approach to prayer as a gift that God makes by his Spirit. He also provides an attempt to understand the work of the Spirit in the church throughout the ages and in different traditions, emphasising in particular the role and contribution of the Eastern Orthodox churches.

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This major study breaks new ground, going beyond the issue most discussed in charismatic circles (the working of the Holy Spirit) to tackle questions relating to the person of the Holy Spirit and his relationships to the Father and the Son, as well as his relationship to people. Smail's theological horizons are impressively broad, embracing historical orthodoxy and including the Roman and Eastern Orthodox traditions, as well as contemporary theology. He combines full theological literacy with personal insight into renewal, thus illuminating a contemporary experience of the Holy Spirit with the sovereignty of God in salvation. In The Giving Gift he offers a positive understanding of Christian tradition in its relation to Scripture and a new approach to prayer as a gift that God makes by his Spirit. He also provides an attempt to understand the work of the Spirit in the church throughout the ages and in different traditions, emphasising in particular the role and contribution of the Eastern Orthodox churches. Thomas A. Smail served as Rector of Sanderstead, South London. Previous to that he was Vice-Principal of St John's College, Nottingham and a Director of the Fountain Trust. He is the author of Reflected Glory and The Forgotten Father.

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Studio: CSS Publishing
Pages   218
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.42" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1998
Publisher   Academic Renewal Press
ISBN  0788099248  
ISBN13  9780788099243  


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An Excellent and Accessible Theological Treatise on the Holy Spirit  Jan 27, 2009
Few books pack in as much meaty theological reflections on the Holy Spirit as does Tom Smail's 'The Giving Gift' in such a concise and readable fashion. He is an important voice within the Charismatic movement that seeks to root her understanding of the Spirit within the larger ecumenical thought.

A student of Barth, he exemplifies the skill of thinking fresh thoughts that are at the same time continuous and in dialogue with the ecumenical creeds and its development. It is therefore not surprising that though an evangelical, he begins his book with Mary as the exemplar - of one who receives the gift of the Son through the Spirit and how through that reception, the work of the Spirit in the giving of life, fellowship and worship is seen in her.

What follows is the exposition of the Person of the Spirit in relation to the Father and the Son. He calls the Spirit 'the Person without a face' and the way to properly honor the Spirit is not to exalt him as an independent Personality and focus of worship but as the Person whose distinct character is to put the spotlight on the Father and the Son, as the NT bears witness to the Spirit's work in evoking our confessions of 'Abba, Father' and 'Jesus as Lord!'

Then in four solid chapters, he discusses how the Father is the Source of both the Spirit and the Son and how the Spirit and the Son in turn offer themselves, together with us, to the Father - expanding on Irenaeus's Trinitarian image of the the two arms that extend from the Father, embracing the world. The outcome is a fresh proposal that moves beyond the 'filioque' impasse and addresses the excesses that have often accompanied the unbalanced emphases in both the Eastern and the Western Church historically.

What I enjoy most about the book is the model it provides in the construction of a mature and vibrant theology of the Spirit in the context of the Trinitarian relationships. We find Smail not only offering critical engagement with important thinkers such as Augustine, Irenaeus, Gregory of Nyssa, James Dunn, Michael Ramsey and Heribert Muhlen, he also revises and sharpens some of his earlier thoughts from his earlier book 'Reflected Glory'. Also, he does not come across as an arm-chair theologian cloistered in the ivory tower but one who works out his theology from the trenches of the Charismatic movement, with which he is personally and critically engaged. Read this together with his 'Forgotten Father' and be challenged to reclaim our knowledge of the often neglected and misunderstood Third Person of the Trinity.



 

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