A few months ago I had the privilege of preaching and teaching at Springdale First UMC. While I was there, I sat down with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Thompson to talk about the Holy Spirit, the charismatic movement, and the work that God is doing in the global church today. Andrew is a good friend, a fine preacher, and a very sophisticated theological thinker. One of the main issues we discuss is the skepticism that seems to permeate Western culture, a skepticism that has not taken root as deeply in the Global South and East. Why do we in the West expect so little of God? Why are people turning to new age and other spiritual practices? If you’re interested, you can check out the podcast here.