Word/Spirit Bibliography

I had a great conversation with Buster Wilson at Youth Night. Buster is the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Ecru, MS. His daughter Whitney was the young woman that spoke. We talked, in part, about books written from an "empowered-evangelical" or "renewal Baptist" perspective. These categories are not hard and defined but suggest evangelicals open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit operating in the life of the church. Here is a short list of writers I have read in the last couple of years.

1. Lon Allison and Mark Anderson - Going Public with the Gospel: Reviving Evangelistic Proclamation (IVP).

2. Doug Banister - Sacred Quest and The Word and Power Church (both with Zondervan).

3. Roc Bottomly (no kidding) - The Promised Power: Experiencing the Union of Word and Spirit (NAVPRESS).

4. Greg Boyd (an open theist but interesting writer) - God at War and Seeing is Believing (IVP and Baker).

5. Jack Deere - Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Surprised by the Voice of God, and The Beginner's Guide to the Gift of Prophecy (Zondervan and Vine Books).

6. Larry D. Hart - Truth Aflame: A Balanced Theology for Evangelicals and Charismatics (this is the Word/Spirit systematic theology published by Nelson, Grudem's systematic theology can also be considered Word/Spirit).

7. Jack Hayford - The Beauty of Spiritual Language (a classical Pentecostal but a bridge building work on spiritual language published by Word).

8. Bill Hull - Straight Talk on Spiritual Power: Experiencing the Fullness of God in the Church (Baker).

9. R.T. Kendall - Total Forgiveness, The Thorn in the Flesh, Just Say Thanks, The Anointing (Charisma and Nelson).

10. Craig S. Keener - Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today (Baker).

11. Calvin Miller - Loving God Up Close: Rekindling Your Relationship with the Holy Spirit and Miracles and Wonders: How God Changes His Natural Laws to Benefit You (Warner).

12. Ron Phillips - Awakened by the Spirit: Reclaiming the Forgotten Gift of God and Vanquishing the Enemy (Nelson and Pathway).

13. Clark Pinnock (an open theist but interesting writer) - Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit (IVP).

14. Sam Storms - The Beginner's Guide to Spiritual Gifts, Pleasures Evermore, and The Singing God (Vine Books, NAVPRESS, and Creation House).

15. John White - When the Spirit Comes With Power: Signs and Wonders Among God's People (IVP).

Happy reading. If you know of others please comment.

1 comment:

mark E roberts said...

Matt, I found your blog while searching for a review of Bill Hull's book Straight Talk on Spiritual Power: Experiencing the Fullness of God in the Church (Baker). Haven't found a review yet, and only 38 libraries contributing information to WorldCat (the primary bibliographic source for academic librarians) have it. Baker Books no longer shows it as part of their catalog, which may mean only that it's gone Out of Print. Have you read it or know of any reviews of it?
I like your blog and especially this "empowered-evangelical" short list. I direct the Holy Spirit Research Center at ORU (where Larry Hart teaches theology) and comb internet and journals for such lists to be sure our collection stays reasonably complete.
Blessings to you, your family, and ministry.
Mark E. Roberts

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