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38 review for Signs and Wonders

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Vellacott

    A few recent books reignited the charismatic sign gift debate after it had been dormant for a while. I saw this dated book at a used book store and picked it up not knowing which side of the debate the author was on as the title and preamble don't make it clear. There were two useful things in this book. The first was that the author doesn't just discuss the sign gifts but also talks about miracles and the miraculous in general. He begins by commenting that we are living in a kind-of Alice in Wo A few recent books reignited the charismatic sign gift debate after it had been dormant for a while. I saw this dated book at a used book store and picked it up not knowing which side of the debate the author was on as the title and preamble don't make it clear. There were two useful things in this book. The first was that the author doesn't just discuss the sign gifts but also talks about miracles and the miraculous in general. He begins by commenting that we are living in a kind-of Alice in Wonderland world where odd things are happening in the name of God. He documents many of these phenomena and explains why they cannot be from God according to the Bible. He makes the clear distinction between tricks and illusions (magic) and actual miracles. He discusses healing and whether the healings that occur today in any way represent the organic healings seen in the New Testament. He mentions the case of a young girl who was healed of paralysis in answer to prayer. But contrasts this with the case of Joni Eareckson Tada There are many of us for whom the role model is Joni Eareckson rather than John Wimber. We see the power of the kingdom operating, but mainly in regeneration, sanctification, the Spirit as a comforter, the transformation of the inner life, rather than in physical miracles which just by happening prevent much of that other kingdom activity whereby people learn to live with their difficulties and glorify God (J.I. Packer quoted in Stafford 1986) He also touches on prophesy and reminds us that if even one prophesy fails to come true that person has spoken presumptuously and is a false prophet. Also that the punishment in the OT was death! He mentions the late David Wilkerson's prophecy about one third of America supposedly being wiped out in an earthquake by the 1970's..... He also deals with tongues and the casting out of demons explaining what is and what isn't biblical. I found this book helpful as the author summarises each chapter with a list of what would be miraculous according to the Bible and what isn't. Concluding he points out that the biggest miracles occurred both in the creation of the world and in the regeneration of millions of people around the world. He then refers to a book that I have been searching for for years after reading it a decade ago and forgetting the title; A Search for Charismatic Reality by Neil Babcox....that was the second useful thing! While I didn't learn anything new from this book, apart from some of the case studies which were interesting, it did re-affirm my cessationist leanings. It is less complicated than works by John MacArthur (Charismatic Chaos) and less dogmatic than Peter Masters (The Charismatic Phenomenon/Illusion) I will be keeping hold of it for future reference and I recommend it for those with an interest in the subject.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Todd Luallen

    An excellent Scriptural treatment of the signs and wonders topic. Geisler does a good job of being gracious to opposition, while at the same time clearly delineating what Scripture has to say about the subject. He openly says that he believes that God is doing miracles today, and gives evidence to support the claim. However, he is also quick to point out that what most people consider a true miracle is actually nothing of the sort. He provides a list of qualifications for a miracle, something he An excellent Scriptural treatment of the signs and wonders topic. Geisler does a good job of being gracious to opposition, while at the same time clearly delineating what Scripture has to say about the subject. He openly says that he believes that God is doing miracles today, and gives evidence to support the claim. However, he is also quick to point out that what most people consider a true miracle is actually nothing of the sort. He provides a list of qualifications for a miracle, something he calls a "fingerprint" of God. He then shows that much of the so-called miraculous today is really not of the same quality (does not have the same fingerprint) as that of the miracles in Scripture. Any serious student of Scripture that is interested in researching the topic of signs and wonders should read this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Leto

    What? While I appreciate Dr. Geisler and his contribution to the body of Christ, I have to admit that I am a little disappointed with his exegesis on this subject. While he leaves a slim crack in the door for miracles to occur, he clearly portrays a limited capacity for Jesus to bring His Kingdom to our earth.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rocky Woolery

    Good material. Older book so the examples are a little bit dated. It probably could have been a third shorter, as it seemed repetitive in places.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josh Gatewood

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    Dayton Hartman

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    Justin Schroeder

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christian

  10. 5 out of 5

    N

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vagabond of Letters, DLitt

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jason Platt

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris Comis

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    Jeff

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Smith

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    Ulysses Rivera

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chidi OKORO

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    Jose Mangual jr

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    Jason

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

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    John Brackbill

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Taylor

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shane Michael

  25. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

  26. 4 out of 5

    Prince001

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leandro Dutra

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    Cathi

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carley Adair

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zachary McIntire

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    Mason Frierson

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    Leslie Christopher

  33. 5 out of 5

    Jim Pickett

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    Arun Innah

  35. 4 out of 5

    Aidan

  36. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  37. 4 out of 5

    Read-n-Bloom

  38. 5 out of 5

    Bjørn

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