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Gracelets: Being Conduits of the Extravagant Acts of God's Grace Paperback – November 29, 2015
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This fresh understanding is based on his concept of “gracelets,” which are temporary acts of the Spirit working in and through human beings but are not possessions or permanent attributes of those individuals. Dr. Griffin persuasively supports his argument by exploring the meaning of the word “charismata,” by re-reading the “gifts passages” of the New Testament, and by offering a theologically astute understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the world. He illustrates his work with fascinating personal stories and keen biblical exegesis.
This work will benefit those from any theological persuasion--Pentecostals and charismatics who understand certain spiritual gifts as evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, mainstream evangelicals who hold to the dominant view of spiritual gifts, cessationists who believe that some of the gifts have disappeared while others remain as supernatural ministry skills, and others who are confused or uninformed about these gifts of grace from the Spirit of God. But all should be prepared to have their minds changed!
My theology (and life) was changed when I met Dr. Winn Griffin. In conversation with him about being “filled with the Spirit,” Winn rocked my thinking by asking a simple, yet profound question; “What if Holy Spirit filling is less like emptying out and more like adding something, like a soda fountain adds CO2 to the syrup?” I haven’t been the same since.
Like a wise uncle or Yoda-like sage, Winn writes as if the reader is having the same sort of conversation I did years ago. Winn’s style is engaging and light, but packs a punch that will keep the reader wrestling with the profound implications.
In his latest book, Graceletts, Winn takes hold of the concept of Spiritual Gifts and turns conventional thinking on it’s head, defining the term as “gracelets-” gifts of the Spirit given when needed, not something believers possess.
For those of us raised in the church who’ve taken (and given) spiritual gift inventories, this concept takes some getting used to. Fortunately, Winn guides the reader through this journey as a wise sage as he mines a new way of thinking about the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.
Through careful exegesis of the “gift list” passages in the New Testament, he demonstrates to the reader a different way of thinking is possible. Winn also has amazing personal stories that he weaves throughout the book. His life in the Pentecostal movement and inside connections with the Vineyard adds color to the book.
As I mentioned, I’m a fan of Dr. Winn’s work and I’m grateful to add this excellent resource to the ministry toolbox.
Dr. Rick Bartlett
Director of Theological Education, Associate Professor of Ministry
Tabor College, Kansas