Book review: Calvary to Pentecost

The cover of Calvary to Pentecost by Peter Roennfeldt.

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Calvary to Pentecost
The Weekends That Changed the Worldby
Peter Roennfeldt

Calvary to Pentecost makes a compelling case that the seven weeks that began with the crucifixion of Jesus and culminated with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was the most world-changing period in history. Author Peter Roennfeldt builds this argument in 50 two-page devotional reflections. Whether taking on this journey daily at this time of year—or reading whenever you are able to pick up the book—the reading is easy, even as there are insights that keep prodding readers to think about these oft-told stories in different ways, particularly in linking the Calvary and Pentecost experiences.

With the arrest and execution of Jesus, the first disciples were left alone, shattered, grieving and afraid. But just weeks later—as the name suggests, Pentecost was celebrated 50 days after the Passover weekend—they were ready to lead a movement that has truly changed the world and resonated across the centuries since. Calvary to Pentecost teases out this transformation, noting the hints in Jesus’ teaching in His final week, celebrating the reality of His resurrection, and preparing for the power of the Holy Spirit’s anointing and presence. This experience offers possibilities for new life and power for each of us, our churches and those around us.

Presented in a different style to Dr Roennfeldt’s previous books, the short reflections are quick to read, but further response is invited by the single discussion question at the end of each reading. As such, Calvary to Pentecost works well for personal devotional reading, but will be at its best when used as a discussion starter in a small-group setting or even in a larger church context.

As is always the case when we encounter the good news about Jesus and the transformation He offers, the invitation is to share what we have discovered. Not only is Calvary to Pentecost an invitation to take this journey for ourselves, but it is also for sharing. So we should read it with this expectation, thinking about who among our church, family, friends and neighbours we might be able to share and even read it with.

Calvary to Pentecost is available from Adventist bookshops in Australia and New Zealand, or online.

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