We had taken an extended station break for something completely different (i.e. moving and the holidays), and now back to our regularly scheduled programming!
It’s been well over two months since the Strange Fire conference occurred, and with no small significance. During the conference, the #StrangeFire hashtag trended on Twitter bigger than some of the most popular paparazzi fodder in Hollywood. Cessationist claims were made and misunderstood, Charismatic claims were made and misunderstood, mud was thrown on both sides, books were written, interviews (well, sorta) occurred on radio programs, debates happened again and again and again, and Charismatics on every single continent called “foul”. Truth be told, that’s last point is not entirely confirmed per say…but I’d dare say that some of the Chilean Pentecostals in Antarctica (almost all of those being 2nd & 3rd wave charismatics) weren’t too happy about it.
Out of all those reactions, I’m tackling the “books were written” one. Specifically, I’m going to tackle two specific books that have been written, both of which I’ve been invited to interact with by the authors themselves. The first is Frank Viola’s e-book Pouring Holy Water on Strange Fire and the second is Dr. Michael Brown’s book Authentic Fire. I’m going to review and interact with Frank Viola’s book alone (mostly because it’s only around 70 pages), but for the significantly larger book by Dr. Brown, I’m going to team up with the most excellent Fred Butler from Hip and Thigh and do a co-review of Authentic Fire. Seeing that it’s a 400 page book and engaging thoroughness is more helpful than vague brevity, we’ll combine our efforts to throw down a good series that will walk through each chapter and give some helpful feedback to readers on both sides of the issue (hopefully). Through those two popular-level books, I hope to offer some reasonable responses to the numerous critiques, as well as test the claims of “authentic fire” (and exegetical support).
I will admit that I’ve gotten a whole lot of positive and negative feedback on my coverage of the whole StrangeFire/Charismatic movement topic, and it seems that there have been a few other things that have quickly distracted from the issue of the whole Charismatic movement)…and then some:
We were once again reminded that the issues surrounding the global charismatic movement are still real issues that don’t go away after a few months. Those issues are never far away for those us who attend a local church in an area where Charismatic craziness has major influence (like me), don’t watch A&E and ignore all things associated with Vision Forum/NCFIC/Conservative weirdness from the South. Stay tuned as I tackle Pouring Holy Water on Strange Fire over the next week and a bit, and then stay tuned for after when Fred Butler and I fly off the top rope on Authentic Fire.
I guarantee you won’t want to miss what’s coming.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Macho Man” Unger