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After decades of writing commentaries on Paul’s letters, Gordon Fee began to see a disconnect between how Paul describes the local church and how the church operates today, something is skewed. His concern boiled down to how churches understood the person and role of the Holy Spirit. Fee concluded that the contemporary Western church, Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal, is missing the point of the Spirit’s coming. The church is therefore “quenching the Spirit,” marginalizing and domesticating him, and ultimately making the church’s witness ineffective. Rather than ask how the Spirit “shows himself,” the church instead should be asking how it shows itself and its witness to be Spirit-driven.

Author Bio

Gordon D. Fee (1934– ) is a leading expert in pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament. He is an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God and currently serves as professor emeritus of New Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Fee earned degrees from Seattle Pacific University and University of Southern California. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwest University. Before teaching at Regent College, Fee taught at Wheaton College, Vanguard University of Southern California, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Fee is a member of the Committee on Bible Translation that translated the New International Version and its revision, the Today’s New International Version.

In addition to Fee’s many highly respected commentaries in series like the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series: New Testament and The New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT), he is also the author of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study, and To What End Exegesis?.