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Overview For evangelicals who are skeptical, yet intrigued, by the issue of spiritual power, Kraft provides a biblical, reasonable apologetic. This balanced book advocates biblical Christianity that is powerful enough to heal, to free people from emotional wounds, and to bring about real life change.
Publishers Description Charles Kraft grew up as a noncharismatic evangelical. For most of his life he was skeptical of groups that claimed to work in spiritual power. But as readers learn in his new book, Kraft changed his mind dramatically. In Confronting Powerless Christianity, the Fuller Seminary professor asserts that all Christians, not just charismatics, should be experiencing the power dimension of Christianity. Although Christ commissioned a gospel of love and power, evangelicals have, in Kraft's words, been good at the love part but often forgotten the power part. Yet spiritual power is half the gospel. In a careful, thoughtful voice, Kraft discusses: " the blockages believers experience from a limited worldview " the importance of taking experience seriously " the possibility that there is a biblical science with regard to spiritual power " vital connections between spiritual power and truth " spiritual warfare issues For evangelicals who are skeptical, yet intrigued, by the issue of spiritual power for today, Kraft provides a biblical, reasonable apologetic. He also answers questions charismatics may have about God's power. This balanced book advocates biblical Christianity that is powerful enough to heal, to free people from emotional wounds, and to bring about real life change.
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Charles H. (Chuck) Kraft is retired from the faculty of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary (formerly the School of World Mission) after 40 years as professor of anthropology and intercultural communication. He taught anthropology, communication, contextualization, and spiritual dynamics (inner healing, deliverance, and spiritual warfare) to missionaries and prospective missionaries. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (BA anthropology), Ashland Theological Seminary (BD theology), and Hartford Seminary Foundation (PhD anthropological linguistics). He served as a pioneer missionary among a tribal group (Kamwe/Higi) in northeastern Nigeria for three years followed by five years each on the faculties of Michigan State University and UCLA, teaching linguistics and African languages. He is the author of more than 30 books and numerous articles in the fields of his expertise. He spends most of his time now ministering to those with emotional and spiritual problems and conducting deep healing (inner healing) seminars in churches worldwide. He has been used by God to lead thousands to spiritual and emotional freedom in Jesus Christ. Those who would like ministry or a seminar may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Highly recommended, especially for evangelicals! Nov 14, 2009
At the end of this book, Dr. Kraft summarizes by saying, "I intend for this book to carry a message to evangelicals concerning why and how we can move into a Christianity more biblical than has ordinarily characterized evangelicalism. We have committed ourselves to the Bible but refused to learn from charismatics what God has taught them concerning what the Christian life is intended to be. Yet if we look closely at the Scriptures, we must notice that the only kind of Christianity shown there is charismatic Christianity." Dr. Kraft's roots are in traditional non-charismatic evangelical Christianity. He was educated at Wheaton College and Ashland Seminary, and, since 1969, has been a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. For the first 38 years of his Christian experience he considered himself "fairly anti-Pentecostal and skeptical of most charismatic testimonies of the miraculous." I read this book because I, too, was a member of a non-charismatic evangelical church for 27 years. However, I met some wonderful charismatic Christians who encouraged me to see that there is more to Christianity than what I was experiencing. I was extremely hungry for more! If you are in this position, I definitely recommend that you read this book! Also, by the same author, "I Give You Authority". I Give You Authority
An excellent book to put power back in the gospel message Sep 15, 2009
We christians have for so long been hiding behind our theorizing of the New Testament. To our chagrin we have ignored a part of the message Jesus gave us to take to all the world. Charles Kraft's book examines and brings forth both the problem and the wonderful, powerful alternative to our approach to dealing with the powers of the air who have hurt and enslaved so many believers and non-believers today. Highly recommended.
Kraft is on point!!! Jul 16, 2008
I love this man! He really does know his stuff! Get this book,you will not be disappointed.
The powerless church May 4, 2008
The majority of the Christian Church today is full of sin and powerless in God`s agenda. The Book Of Acts is great reading and something to study.
My ex pastor admitted to adultery and my 16 year old son caught his mom committing adultery in the church.......
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