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The biblical emphasis of the great Evangelical tradi-tion and the spiritual vitality of the Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions, insist the authors.


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The biblical emphasis of the great Evangelical tradi-tion and the spiritual vitality of the Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions, insist the authors.

30 review for Empowered Evangelicals: Bringing Together the Best of the Evangelical and Charismatic Worlds

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I read this book with the church staff. Since my mind is in a completely different place than this book's intended audience, I wasn't stimulated much. The writers try to balance the theology and practice of evangelicals and charismatics. This would probably be a great book for someone wrestling with these types of questions. I read this book with the church staff. Since my mind is in a completely different place than this book's intended audience, I wasn't stimulated much. The writers try to balance the theology and practice of evangelicals and charismatics. This would probably be a great book for someone wrestling with these types of questions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Donald Barnett

    At the time I read this it was what I needed (1996). The concepts in this book are much needed in the evangelical world so that Evangelicals can stop ignoring or explaining away so many passages of Scripture, and Charismatics pay attention to the many passages of Scripture that they also ignore.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex Lomangino

    If I could paraphrase the ongoing argument of the book it is this: Evangelicals need to be less afraid in this way; and this how Charismatics need to chill more. From that, we can find the radical middle. I could not agree more with the authors. It is a balanced, biblical, historical, and thought out look at how to walk in the Spirit yet not be sensationalized. I really appreciated their chapter on divine healing. They frame the entire argument within the reality of the "already/not yet" of the If I could paraphrase the ongoing argument of the book it is this: Evangelicals need to be less afraid in this way; and this how Charismatics need to chill more. From that, we can find the radical middle. I could not agree more with the authors. It is a balanced, biblical, historical, and thought out look at how to walk in the Spirit yet not be sensationalized. I really appreciated their chapter on divine healing. They frame the entire argument within the reality of the "already/not yet" of the Kingdom. It dismantles any type of goofy "word of faith" mentality while resting in the reality that God can still heal miraculously. I recommend this to anyone who is open to idea of being charismatic with a seatbelt.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelvin

    Oldie and a goodie. This was an excellent levelheaded book. I really enjoyed how it was so practical and down-to-earth, but yet encouraging and motivating. Both authors already had my respect, so it is no surprise that I liked this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gary B

    A very helpful book for where I am 'at' at the moment. It articulates a biblical and theological framework that supports or houses what I think I believe at the moment about evangelicalism and how it should be shaped by the Holy Spirit. I found Ken Wilson's chapters a little more approachable than Rich's. I also found the last chapter to be quite out of context with the rest of the book. I'm not sure where (or why) it came from. Overall the books paints some pictures in my mind as to how a church A very helpful book for where I am 'at' at the moment. It articulates a biblical and theological framework that supports or houses what I think I believe at the moment about evangelicalism and how it should be shaped by the Holy Spirit. I found Ken Wilson's chapters a little more approachable than Rich's. I also found the last chapter to be quite out of context with the rest of the book. I'm not sure where (or why) it came from. Overall the books paints some pictures in my mind as to how a church in an evangelical tradition can and should seek to be shaped by the Holy Spirit. I found both Rich and Ken's comments on the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be confusing. It appears to me that both experienced this event and yet sought to relabel it or almost deny it in their lives early on. Perhaps it's just a terminology issue, but it seems to me that receiving the Spirit or being baptised in the Spirit are essentially synonymous.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Dixon

    Great book that serves a variety of purposes: 1. Establishes the concept of an Empowered Evangelical: One who olds as solidly to the scriptures as your classic Presbyterian, but enjoys the spirit and walks in signs and wonders like your more Charismatic groups. 2. Unifies the churches. Indirectly, this book greatly helps the different denominations understand one another. It optimistically shows where we are all the same, and really only differ on minor definitions. Though each denomination's emph Great book that serves a variety of purposes: 1. Establishes the concept of an Empowered Evangelical: One who olds as solidly to the scriptures as your classic Presbyterian, but enjoys the spirit and walks in signs and wonders like your more Charismatic groups. 2. Unifies the churches. Indirectly, this book greatly helps the different denominations understand one another. It optimistically shows where we are all the same, and really only differ on minor definitions. Though each denomination's emphasis shows their differences, the core is very similar, and that is something we can hold onto. 3. Gives strong Biblical and historical boundaries and examples to better understand the relationship of the Bible and the Holy Spirit. Worth reading for anyone serious about their walk with God, especially those going into church leadership in any denomination.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    I wouldn't say the writing in this book is phenomenal (or even as polished as it could be), but the concept is exactly what I needed to hear/study right now. And it definitely served that purpose. So for anyone else trying to find the balance between the evangelical churches that seem to neglect the role and power of the Holy Spirit and a more charismatic church that perhaps overemphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit, then maybe this is the right book for you. I should probably say more about how I wouldn't say the writing in this book is phenomenal (or even as polished as it could be), but the concept is exactly what I needed to hear/study right now. And it definitely served that purpose. So for anyone else trying to find the balance between the evangelical churches that seem to neglect the role and power of the Holy Spirit and a more charismatic church that perhaps overemphasizes the role of the Holy Spirit, then maybe this is the right book for you. I should probably say more about how it challenged me to be more open to the Spirit's leading and to pray with expectation, but I'll just leave it at that for now.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris Schutte

    A very thoughtful and challenging book for those of us who come from a non-, or even anti-, charismatic evangelical background. The rediscovery of the healing ministry and the supernatural realm fits perfectly with NT Wright's New Testament Theology (NT Wright frequently speaks at Vineyard conferences), and, in this revised edition, the authors add a chapter on the importance of social justice and the environment. My favorite quote: "fearlessness and radical obedience to Jesus are the qualities A very thoughtful and challenging book for those of us who come from a non-, or even anti-, charismatic evangelical background. The rediscovery of the healing ministry and the supernatural realm fits perfectly with NT Wright's New Testament Theology (NT Wright frequently speaks at Vineyard conferences), and, in this revised edition, the authors add a chapter on the importance of social justice and the environment. My favorite quote: "fearlessness and radical obedience to Jesus are the qualities above almost everything else that I believe we need much more of in pastoral ministry today."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    definitely a must-read for american christians who are trying to navigate the spectrum between so-called intellectual v. spiritual churches/services/worship etc. which may be of special interest to people involved in university fellowships or who have attended both charismatic and conservative Bible-teaching churches...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristjan

    An excellent analysis of the needed balance between the Word and the Spirit, thinking and emotions, etc. Some material is a bit dated, but this was the 1995 edition that I read (I don't know if you can still get sermon series on cassette tapes!). An excellent analysis of the needed balance between the Word and the Spirit, thinking and emotions, etc. Some material is a bit dated, but this was the 1995 edition that I read (I don't know if you can still get sermon series on cassette tapes!).

  11. 4 out of 5

    John

    This book was required reading for a ministry class. It was written in 1995 and tries to find the common ground between evangelical and charismatic/pentecostal orthopraxy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    Some really practical advice with solid biblical backing. Thanks, Rich and Ken!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carl Amouzou

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nate

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  17. 4 out of 5

    William B.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Krause

  19. 4 out of 5

    David Williams

  20. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Marshall

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shamyra Wilson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lacey Mattson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie M Menges

  26. 5 out of 5

    Don Mulder

  27. 4 out of 5

    Curt Ehas

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mud Hen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

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