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The Incompatibility of Anti-intellectualism and the Fullness of the Spirit

[pk_box width=”600″]”The fact that Jesus called the Holy Spirit ‘the Spirit of truth,’ and gave such a prominent place to his teaching ministry, is of great importance in the anti-intellectual cultures of the world. I do not hesitate to say that anti-intellectualism and the fullness of the Spirit are mutually incompatible, because the Spirit with whom we claim to be filled or desire to be filled is the Spirit of truth. In consequence where the Holy Spirit is free to work, truth matters.”[/pk_box]

John R. W. Stott in “Biblical Expositions” (The Anglican Communion and Scripture), page 27.

[Source: Joseph E. Gorra]

Lectures by John Stott

With the passing of John Stott, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary has made available some lectures he delivered at their campus in 1972. Stott is worth hearing, as Kenneth Kantzer once wrote, “When I hear him expound a text, invariably I exclaim to myself, ‘That’s exactly what it means! Why didn’t I see it before?'”.

Here’s a sample (from Stott’s series on the Sermon on the Mount):

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  • The Christian’s Character – Part 1
  • The Christian’s Character – Part 2
  • The Christian’s Righteousness
  • The Christian’s Ambition
  • The Christian’s Relationships

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You can find all of the lectures on Gordon-Conwell’s iTunes page.