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Embracing Spiritual Gifts

A while back, I shared an essay on the Ephesians 4 spiritual gifts – apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, teacher – and how we welcome them (or not) in our faith communities. Titled “Welcoming the Gifts God Sends Us,” it was a lament about what we lose when we fail to welcome ALL of the spiritual gifts destined for the building up of the church – even those that make us upset or uncomfortable.

Last night, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to revisit the theme of spiritual gifts in a First Monday Lecture for Pendle Hill. Instead of merely bemoaning our lack of receptivity, this time I let myself wonder what it would look like to be a people who delight in each other’s gifts, who wonder where the Spirit is moving in the words that make us squirm. How could we be a place of refuge for each other, an oasis for a world being crushed under the weight of our own false beliefs?

I was super nervous sharing my talk. I had never had to prepare a talk of that length before, and the words that had seemed mild, almost clinical, on the page, felt almost alive as they came out of my mouth. But I am told that my message spoke to many who listened, and I hope that it will speak to you.

I made some slides to accompany the talk, which you can find here. Please give it a look, and let me know what you think. I hope it blesses you.

Here are some additional resources that might help as you explore spiritual gifts. Please add additional resources in the comments!

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