Reflection on the Missions of the Son and Spirit

McDonnell shows that the Christian tradition is practiced at naming the Holy Spirit as the God of Israel alive and active in the history of cosmic salvation that centers in the reigning Jesus Christ. He also shows that it is less practiced that this than it needs to be. Certainly we are less practiced than we need to be if we are to use the term 'Holy Spirit' as credibly as the Holy Spirit deserves. This assignment is aimed at giving us some of that needed practice.

Interview the person of your choosing regarding events in his or her broader life (including events in the lives of family, friends, neighbors, congregation, and so on) that seem as if they may have been from God in some definite sense.

Develop an account of those events in terms of the interrelated missions of the Son and the Holy Spirit in the will of the Father. Rely as appropriate on biblical, historical, and theological traditions such as those outlined in McDonnell.

Your aim should be to satisfy your interviewee, and that person's community (family, circle of friends, neighborhood, congregation, and so on), either that those events are the work of the Triune God in such a way that traditional Christian language would apply sensibly, or that they are not of remarkably divine origin and thus would stretch Christian language beyond helpfulness.

Please keep your paper 4-5 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers.

By the way, this scenario is fictitious. You were right not to believe me. But a guy can dream, can't he?

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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