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Overview This is a ground-breaking work by Pastor Doug Banister about why and how the walls between evangelicals and charismatics can come down in the setting of a "Word and Power" church, and a blueprint for making it happen.
Publishers Description A careful look at Scripture, church history, and the church today revealing the need for both the Pentecostal and evangelical perspectives. Evangelicals and charismatics have long been at odds. One side champions the Word, the other the Holy Spirit. But are the Word and Spirit really in conflict or does God s ideal include both sound biblical teaching and God s inner leading? Pastor Doug Banister shows that it s time to get rid of either-or thinking and discover the incredible potential that arises when evangelicals combine their strengths with charismatics. This thought-provoking book looks at the why-tos and how-tos of worshiping God in spirit and in truth."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 5, 2002
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310242673 ISBN13 9780310242673 UPC 025986242671
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More About Douglas Banister
Dr. Doug Banister is pastor and mentor to businessmen in Knoxville, TN. He has a Doctorate of Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and is working on a Ph.D. in Medieval History at the University of Tennessee. In addition, he is the author of Sacred Quest and The Word and Power Church. He and his wife, Sandi, have four children.
Spanish Language Biography: El Dr. Doug Banister es pastor y mentor de hombres de negocios en Knoxville, TN. El tiene un Doctorado en Ministerio del Seminario Teologico Gordon Conwell y esta en proceso de obtener un Doctorado en Historia Medieval de la Universidad de Tennessee. Ademas, es autor de Busqueda Sagrada y La iglesia de la palabra y el poder. El y su esposa Sandi, tiene cuatro hijos.
Reviews - What do customers think about Word And Power Church?
Amazing! Breaks Down The Walls! Feb 27, 2006
This book is a comparison of an Evangelical Pastor's journey into the world of Charismatics...and he finds out we are not so different after all. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a hunger for all God has to offer us. The research is excellent. The writing is engaging. It asks questions that will make you hunger for more. Read it!
An Invigorating Look At Church Feb 27, 2005
For years before I'd ever heard of the book, I'd dreamed of a church where expository preaching and love for Bible study and soul-winning outreach could be coupled with the Pentecostal passion and sheer hunger for an inimate encounter with God. Bannister does a great job of describing that church in Word and Power Church.
This work goes beyond just being another "how to build a church" or the latest theory or what's working in California or Chicago. Bannister is looking at the very foundations of the centuries old war between the cessasionists and those who believe the gifts are for today. It's a very encouraging work where he shows that many of the leading scholars of today see the war as over, and that idea is slowly trickling down to the trenches where we live and serve.
I must say Banister threw me for a loop when I read that Willow Creek is a great and still functional, yet dated model. I love his development of the "story" based generation we are attempting to reach now. It rang deeply true in my experience. It will help to guide me as I plan for the future.
While this work is not designed to be exhaustive or scholarly, the author does lay out a decent outline of the issues and provides some jumping-off points for further research.
I found this book made me even hungrier for the church I have dreamed about. It encouraged me that it is not only possible it has been done, and dreamed about by others.
The appendices are very interesting too...presents a very clean and understandable argument against Cessationism and for the "prayer language" of Paul. Banister makes the case in terms a layman can understand and use.
To make great and lofty ideas accessible and understandable in very simple terms is an incredible gift. Banister has it. If you're hungry for more of God in your life and church, and you want to bear fruit that comes only through dedication to the Word, you'll enjoy this book.
Paperbacks come and go and not that many earn their way onto my shelf, but this one is a keeper.
Autobiographical Fluff Oct 28, 2004
Several years ago I purchased this book, as something my associate pastor and I could read together. After just one or two chapters, we abandoned it and have never bothered with it again. I went on to read it for myself later.
If you are interested in the subject of Pentecostalism, or related matters, I can suggest several vastly better books ("better" in the sense of dealing with important passages of the Bible, issues and disputes, and so on). This book is a hybrid of Bannister's pastoral autobiography and feelings, combined with some simple op-ed material about the relationship between Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal churches, plus stories. Did I say "simple"? I should say "simplistic".
Bannister shows no real ability to handle the Scriptures here; he really doesn't even try. Almost everything in the book revolves around himself and his feelings and subjective impressions about things. The contents are very much experience-centered and needs-driven. He claimed to have been on the verge of a nervous breakdown, for which I feel great sympathy. But I don't think someone who had been on the verge of a nervous breakdown was in a good place to make momentous belief-shifts, or analyze American Christianity, or write a book about it (unless he was just speaking hyperbolically, which I guess he might have been).
FYI, Bannister no longer pastors the church about which he writes.
You would be better off buying that "Four Views on Spiritual Gifts" text edited by Wayne Grudem, and Regal Press has some good stuff on the whole subject of the Third Wave, gifts for today, and related matters. You will soon find this book in the $4.99 box at your local Kroger's "Christian Book Sale" bin.
Both/And, not Either/Or May 29, 2004
People in the middle are often roundly criticized by those on either side of an issue, but the middle is usually where the truth is at. The author of this book seeks to enrich the Christian community by embracing both the what the Pentecostal/Charismatic churches have to offer and what the Evangelical churches have to offer. The division of these traditions into word and power churches is a little overly simplistic and may be initially offensive, but if you read the whole book you find yourself agreeing with the spirit of what the author is trying to accomplish. Why are there such differences in emphasis among Bible-believing, orthodox Christians? Although some of this diversity may be a good thing for reaching different types of people in different types of communities, we could all use a huge dose of humility to see the value in the culture and emphasis of other Christian groups. This book is a wonderful contribution in this direction. Even if the reader is uncomfortable with some of the practices and/or conclusions of the author, reading this book is a good idea for those trying to understand where others are coming from.
An incredible work for those looking past dry orthodoxy... May 23, 2002
Banister pens an incredible work for those looking to move beyond dry orthodoxy and into passionate, spirit-driven relationship with Christ. He pushes you to take that plunge into the unknown, to that place you so much want to go, to where you feel God tugging you... that place where what's going on in your heart matches what's going on in your head... to where you not only know ABOUT God, but have an experience of Him.
I like Banister's honest approach (i.e., he speaks of his role as a pastor, and of preaching, but still feeling this tension). He doesn't back down from his own shortcomings, offers a clear perspective about his own biases, and never fails to let you know where he stands...
His goal... it seems it to bridge that gap between orthodox evangelicalism and passionate pentecostalism-- and show us that we (he writes from the side of evangelicalism) need not sacrifice thick Truth in order to worship-- and experience God passionately, as our "Charismatic" brothers and sisters do. Nor, do they have to negotiate their passions when seeking out deeper revelations of God in His word. It's not that you have to choose this OR that, Banister suggests. Rather, we are invited to experience God in Word and in Spirit-- in Word and in Power-- or, as Jesus suggests, in Spirit and in Truth.
Is an excellent book to read, as well, if you are coming from the Pentecostal side of Christianity, and are looking for solid theological footing, and wondering if you must comprimise your style of worship, your exercise of the prophetic gifts, etc., in favor of depth. This is not to suggest that you would lack depth simply because you are coming from that perspective. And, Banister conveys that well.
We can learn from each other. Indeed, we SHOULD learn from each other. For we are one in Christ.