EMPOWERED EVANGELICALS [2nd Edition - With A New Chapter]
Bringing Together The Best Of The Evangelical & Charismatic Worlds
By combining the Evangelical tradition with the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement, this book is an insider's guide to the fastest growing segment of the Christian church, and also shows both Pentecostals and Evangelicals how to combine the best elements from both congregations. The authors encourage unity and mutual appreciation.
By Rich Nathan & Ken Wilson
Is there anything more self-evident than that we live in a time of rapid
change, the most rapid change, indeed, in the history of our planet?
Both Rich and Ken grew up as atheists and then joined the evangelical
world. They moved from being conservative evangelicals to being
empowered evangelicals learning along the way to pray for the sick and
to cast out demons. Over the last decade, Rich and Ken have begun asking
questions about the evangelical subculture that they spent their entire
Christians lives in, especially regarding issues of race, poverty,
women, war, science and creation-care.
How can we embrace necessary change without compromising all that we
believe or simply becoming echoes of our worlds? In other words, how
can we be relevant without falling into the error of accomodationism?
The changes that have happened in our churches have been the result of a
growing appreciation and embrace of a bigger and clearer vision of the
Kingdom of God. What is the future kingdom like that we are to pray for
when we pray "Thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth as it is in
heaven?" What is the future kingdom like that all creation is standing
up on tippy toes and waiting for? What is racing towards us from the
future that we can begin to experience right now?
Certainly, as Rich and Ken have asserted in this book, the future
involves healing - the healing of our bodies, the healing of our
emotions, the deliverance of people from the demonic, the wiping away of
people's tears, the reconciliation of marriages, turning fathers' hearts
to their children, and children's hearts to their fathers.
But, it has been a vision of God's future kingdom that has also captured
the authors regarding many of the other issues and controversies that
are currently raging in the evangelical world. The kingdom has been a
lighthouse for them leading them away from being smashed upon the rocks
of mere human opinion and leading instead into the safe harbor of God's
full purpose for this world. This revised edition of Empowered
Evangelicals, embraces the authors' growing vision of the scope of God's