Õ Convergence: Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist å Download by ↠´ Sam Storms

Õ Convergence: Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist å Download by ↠´ Sam Storms Very, very thoughtful and insightful Full disclosure I work for and with the author This book combines scholarly care and clarity with warmth and compassion for both sides of the aisle In detailing how Charismatics and Calvinists broadly named can find convergence in the testimony of Scripture, Storms gives a beautiful rendering of Scripture s theology of the heart In my favorite chapter, chapter ten, he takes Edwards s rarely explored Religious Affections and puts the cookies down on the shelf by showing how there is no ultimate opposition between the so called head and so called heart What we call head and heart are in fact simply the two inseparable and deeply interconnected aspects of the heart or inner self as Scripture portrays it Our heart is mad I thoroughly enjoyed this book Especially the first half I appreciated how balanced Sam was, he was always careful to qualify his statements when objections were likely Given his background, he s the perfect person to write a book like this, and he has not only the theological training but the experience as well I think everyone who reads this book should start with the epilogue and compare themselves to those who doubted that the blind man was healed and then read with an open bible and an open mind.
Good book Would agree theologically at least with Dr Storms But I would have liked to hear his take on Paul Cain and Bob Jones and their obvious lack of integrity in ministry Was Storms endorsing them as prophetically gifted men who we should model ourselves after I sure hope not Is Storms comfortable with endorsing these different movements that are characterized by bad theology, fanaticism, and even cultic practices Toronto Blessing, etc I hope not What about Jesus, Peters, and John s warnings against false prophets who will be among you in the church How do we judge them If prophecy can be flawed in practice in the New Covenant era which I partially agree with then what do we have left to judge them by Character Theology If that s the case then were Paul Cain and Bob Jones false prophets I would think so.
His personal narrative is very encouraging It s nice to know there are other Calvinists who believe in the continuity of all the spiritual gifts.
This book really helped me flesh out my thoughts on the apparent discontinuity with my Theological belief in Calvinism and my experiential and theological believe in the Charismatic understanding of the present work of the Ministry gifts in the Modern Day.
Overall, not super great The best thing Bro Storms does is identify caricatures of both cessationists and continuationists, and then encourage us not to use them It is too bad that he does that very thing in his epilogue Comparing cessationists to the rigid and unbelieving pharisees in John 9 This book offers no help to those wanting to obey the command to desire in earnest the spiritual gifts, or those who already are continuationists, who seek to bebiblically careful and practice these gifts in accordance with God s commandments for order and word saturated worship.
Sam Storms Contends That Nothing Is Important Than The CONVERGENCE Of Word And Spirit, Mind And Affection, Principle And Passion In The Life Of The Christian And The Church In This Book He Demonstrates From His Own Life And Preeminently From Scripture Itself How One Can Embrace Both The Centrality Of The Written Word And The Charismatic Power Of The Holy Spirit Fantastic discourse juxtaposing cessationism and continuitionism Approached biblically back filled with stories This is important because you can t shape theology with experiences and stories backfilled with scripture sola scriptura goodreads Convergence is a memoir of a Calvinist theologian who once wrote books for Cessationism, yet is now one of the leading Charismatic apologists Sam Storms presents a fair assessment of both parties, exposing their strengths and weaknesses He proves that one can be balanced without being neutral I left my former church because I m scripturally convinced that they have Charismatic malpractices that even Dr Storms would rebuke Having studied the Charismatic arguments, I find Dr Storm s arguments, so far, the most compelling Although I m stillleaning to the Cessationist camp, Dr Storms humbled me to love my Charismatic brothers by not stereotyping them through their malpractices, but rather appreciate and learn from their passion.
I think there are only two types of people who will read this book and really get something out of it Seeking People who are caught between the two camps and are trying to find their way through the whole mess to a place of unity.
Accepted People who already agree with Storms and find in this book some good theology and something to Amen This is group I am in and as a member of that group I got something out of this book.
I think everyone else, regardless of their camp, will simply reject this book automatically And that is their loss.
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Some early works written as C Samuel Storms Sam has spent 39 years in ministry as a pastor, professor and author He was visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College from 2000 2004, and is currently Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City He has authored 22 books and founded Enjoying God Ministries He s a graduate of The University of Oklahoma