(PDF KINDLE) [Convergence Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist] ß Sam Storms


R through a thoughtful and Scripture based approach to the experience of the Holy Spirit for present day Christians In the telling of his own story the author reveals the way in which God opens the horizons of even the staunchest of deniers to a place where experiences previously believed to be heretical become the norm for this new Christian life The critiue of the cessationist perspective balanced with a call to Scriptural depth on the part of the charismatic leads the reader to a middle ground where Spiritual gifts and the miracles of God s ingdom are expected and eagerly pursued while at the same time whole heartedly embracing the Scriptures and its faithful study as the revelation of the Gospel message At times the interplay between the two Word and Spirit is blurry and mysterious but neither is meant to be neglected Sam Storms here provides a much needed call to Christian maturity rooted in the affectionate experience of a loving God the uintessential Christian life 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 His personal narrative is very encouraging It s nice to now there are other Calvinists who believe in the continuity of all the spiritual gifts 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 sides of the aisle In detailing how Charismatics and Calvinists broadly named can find convergence in the testimony of 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 heart are in fact simply the two inseparable and deeply interconnected aspects of the heart or inner self Scripture portrays it Our heart is made up of our understanding and our inclination We believe and we desire We think and we want There is no true affection for God that does not proceed from a right understanding of God and there is no true understanding of God that does not lead to true affection for God Instead of pitting them against each other we must understand how the latter only flows from the former and how the former must always produce the latte. Scripture itself how one can embrace both the centrality of the written Word and the charismatic power of the Holy Spiri. 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 yet is now one of the leading Charismatic apologists Sam Storms presents 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 still leaning 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 Thoroughly Enjoyed passion I thoroughly enjoyed book Especially the first half I appreciated how balanced Sam was he was always careful to ualify 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 least with Dr 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 As a Charismatic who could never embrace cessationism and yet at times has found himself uite frustrated with some of the teachings and the fluffy foolishness within the Charismatic world I thoroughly enjoyed this book It was VERY refreshing to readDr Storms has a high regard for the scriptures and for Christian orthodoxy yet he has also seen the reality that God has not ceased doing miraclesI especially appreciated how Dr Storms compared the two camps and brought out the common tendencies and beliefs views. Sam Storms contends that nothing is important than the CONVERGENCE of Word and Spirit mind and affection principle and

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Each group often embraces and how those views can stifle their own spiritual maturity His insights brought much clarity to the topic and helped me understand my cessationist brothers and sisters deeply Now When I Hear Them when I hear them or even ridiculing and mocking my fellow Charismatics it doesn t sting uite as much as it used to And I see where they re coming from I also respect that they place a high value on the scriptures and the gospel And Dr Storms helped me see why they tend to embrace a post Biblical and dare I say it an unbiblical DOCTRINE OF CESSATIONISMLIKE A SKILLED THEOLOGIAN of cessationismLike a skilled theologian even pastoral counselor Dr Storms challenged both groups to try to see the good in the other as well as to examine where some of their own beliefs may not line up with the scriptures like they assume He encouraged ALL BELIEVERS TO VALUE BOTH THE WORD AND THE believers to value both the Word and the the mind and the heart the traditions and the giftsAnd I especially enjoyed the section on affections and how passionately expressing our admiration for God in worship is a good thing and not the carnal emotionalism so many accuse Charismatics and Pentecostals of engaging inThis is a book I wish every Christian would read Even the ones who never leave cessationism or accept that tongues and prophecy are legitimate gifts in the church today If nothing else it will bring understanding to this divide in the churchRegardless of your background and the doctrines you hold I think you will find this book helpful in your walk with God or at least full of challenges to go deeper in the scriptures and to love God and believers of different doctrinal convictions fully 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 be biblically careful and practice these gifts in accordance with God s commandments for order and word saturated worship In a fusion of charismatic testimony and reformed scholarly exploration the author takes the reade. Assion in the life of the Christian and the Church In this book he demonstrates from his own life and preeminently from. .
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Convergence Spiritual Journeys of a Charismatic Calvinist