91 James Forbes, The Holy Spirit and Preaching. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989), 105 pp. ISBN 0-687-17309-4. Reviewed by Joseph Byrd The Holy Spirit and Preaching represents James Forbes' Lyman Beecher lectures given in 1986 at Yale University. Forbes, now pastor of the prestigious "Riverside Church" in New York, speaks as an ordained minister of the "United Holy Church of America" and as a homiletician having taught preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York. The published lectures attempt to bring an ecumenical and largely non- Pentecostal audience into the discussion about the importance of the Holy Spirit's role in anointed dialogue. He contends that the anointing of the Holy Spirit makes a difference in content and concept of the Christian preaching. The Christian Church today needs the power and enabling presence of the Holy Spirit in proclaiming Jesus Christ. Pneu- matological concerns are often left for "Spirit-filled" folks, according to Forbes. The Christian Church needs to open itself to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Forbes explains: If we intend to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, who calls us to serve the kingdom in our time, we need all the power that is available to us. Given
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