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Law, Gospel, and “Cruel Optimism”: An Excerpt from The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience

There’s so much to love in Simeon Zahl’s latest monograph, The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience. In addition to being a theological tour de force, the book offers numerous outstanding reflections on how theology might explain the experiences of everyday life. The following comes from Chapter 4, “Grace in Experience”, pp. 172-75 (emphasisadded). [A vital […]

New Book Release! The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience, by Simeon Zahl

It’s here! After years in the making, Simeon Zahl‘s new book The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience is now available in the US! This groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research covers everything from Pentecostalism to affect theory, from Augustine to Luther, and much, much more. In short, Zahl delivers a dynamic account of the work of the Holy […]

Bottoming Out on Prediction Addiction

The Illusion of Control: It Could be This Way Or That Way

The Pandemic and the Coffee Shop

What We Learn in Chaos

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Lost Doctrine of Sin

An immense honor to put this up for online reading. This essay from Dr. Simeon Zahl was originally given at the NYC Conference in 2016 and was republished in written form in our most recent issue of the magazine, The Déjà Vu Issue. To order one for your favorite sinner, go here. And if you […]

The Future of Protestant Theology with Dr. Simeon Zahl

Very pleased to share following lecture on the future of Protestant theology. Delivered this past Monday, November 27th, by Dr. Simeon Zahl (University of Nottingham), it was the inaugural event of the Aberdeen Centre for Protestant Theology at King’s College, University of Aberdeen. Enjoy!

Four Points About Martin Luther on 31 October 2017

Prof. Simeon Zahl weighs in: I’ve spent so much of the past ten years reading, thinking with, and writing about Martin Luther’s theology, and teaching his thought at three universities. But I confess at this point I have very little interest in the idea of Luther, or in hagiography, or in his specific denominational legacy, […]

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Lost Doctrine of Sin – Simeon Zahl

Another wonderful talk from this year’s NYC conference: theologian  Simeon Zahl examines the inconvenient but foundational doctrine of sin.

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Hopelessly Devoted: John Chapter Sixteen Verses Seven through Fifteen

We hope it was a fantastic Labor Day off yesterday. Here’s this morning’s devotion, from Simeon Zahl.  “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. […]

The Spirit of Play (and the Lack of Self-Addressed Envelopes)

A beautiful section from pages 183-184 of the new book by theologian Nimi Wariboko, entitled The Pentecostal Principle. Contains more than a few echoes of a recent post on ‘play to order and the gamification of parenting’, not to mention the talk Simeon Zahl gave at our NYC Conference way back in 2010. Brackets are […]

Hopelessly Devoted: Psalm Chapter Fifty One Verse Twelve

This morning’s devotion comes from Simeon Zahl. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:12, NRSV) The psalmist brings two things to bear here: First, it is okay to ask God for joy. Joy is good. The reality of sin and of human limitations, and the […]

Can God Work in Poetry? Simeon Zahl on Spiritual Experience

From the festschrift honoring Paul Zahl, Comfortable Words, son Simeon Zahl argues convincingly that God may work in any avenue of human life, broadening the Holy Spirit’s arena beyond the traditional Word (preaching, Bible) and sacrament: In Isaiah, we are reminded that “All flesh is grass… The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of […]