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The Spirit in Worship and
in the Spirit Presenter
Professor Dan Albrecht
Daniel Albrecht is Professor of Spirituality and Christian History. He is a member of the Theological Studies faculty at Bethany University. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biblical Studies, Historical Theology and Educational Psychology, Albrecht received his Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley in the area of History and Phenomenology of Religions, with emphasis on Christian Spirituality. Albrecht enjoys teaching and university life in general. His teaching interests include various histories of Christian Spirituality, Gelpian theology, Developmental Spirituality and Church History. His current scholarly work focuses on the intersection of human development and experience and spiritual experience and development. His recent publications focus on Pentecostal Worship including, Rites in the Spirit: A Ritual Approach to Pentecostal/Charismatic Spirituality. He is married and the Albrechts have two grown children.
In the Spirit: Transmuting Worship Patterns, Attitudes and Convictions Pentecostally
The paper will explore and seek to understand worship in the Spirit from a Pentecostal perspective. A fourfold consideration will unfold within the presentation: (i) we will begin with a retrospective, an historical look at sources of Pentecostal worship, dynamic interplay and merging of streams from the traditions that flowed into the emerging Pentecostal movement, and the transmutation of the characteristics of these streams within the context of Pentecostal worship; (ii) second, the paper will identify rites or typical fundamental structures and patterns of ritual act(ion)s; (iii) we will then explore the sensibilities or embodied attitudes that orient and animate the Pentecostal ways of worship and at their best open Pentecostal worshippers to the Spirit’s Breath and direction; (iv) fourth, we seek to uncover the foundational convictions, presuppositions, and/or values that support and give rise to Pentecostal ways, spirituality and worship. Our paper will conclude with an inside out view of some insights from worshipping in the Spirit Pentecostally.