Dan, over at Cerulean Sanctum, is asking “Why is the Church in America so timid and powerless?”

“When the Holy Spirit shows up in power in a church, the status quo changes. Those people especially touched by Him, ones who were often sideline sitters, suddenly are empowered to take on new roles and responsibilities within the body of Christ. The old ways of doing church fall into line with God’s way. Distracting programs and costly plans end up abandoned. Miracles happen. The charismatic gifts break out. And on and on. And that threatens a lot of people. Especially those in charge.”