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Product Details

  • Series: Church in the 21st Century
  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143923731X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439237311
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Housholder was born in Idaho and raised in a traditional Lutheran church environment. He came into direct contact with Pentecostal Christianity while church planting in rural Washington State, and has been traveling the world and teaching on both sides of the Pentecostal/mainstream "spiritual fence" ever since. He earned his Master of Divinity at Chicago's Lutheran School of Theology and was a Fulbright scholar in New Testament at the University of Bonn, Germany. A pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Alliance of Renewal Churches, he is an international conference speaker and author of the Galatians portion of Augsburg/Fortress Book of Faith series (2009). Today he lives in Huntington Beach, California, where he works as a church planter at Robinwood Church and surfs the waves with his friends on most days. David and his wife, Wendy, have one son, Lars.

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Pick this book up and you won't be disappointed!
John M. Alexander
Addresses most of the arguments for and against the Holy Spirit as a member of the Trinity and contemporary illustrations.
Pastor Neal Doty
This is a "must read" for new Christians but definitely for old-school worship Christians.
Jolene Kraft Anderson

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John M. Alexander VINE VOICE on September 2, 2009
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In "Light Youth Church Without Burning It Down," author and Pastor David Housholder takes a swing a bridging the seemingly large gap between Pentecostals and mainline Protestants. Hous, however, with a background in both Pentecostal and Lutheran traditions, makes it clear that there isn't as big of a gap as once thought.

Hous provides clarity on the following subjects: Speaking in tongues, healing, receiving the Spirit, charismatic worship, and deliverance, to name a few. Traditionally, mainline Protestants would be fearful of many of these topics and afraid to engage any of them. But Hous makes it very clear that this is not to be the case.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a brief and practical guide to the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement that is sweeping the globe (Africa, Latin America, and China). Don't be afraid to be filled with the Spirit! Pick this book up and you won't be disappointed!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dana E. Hanson on September 8, 2009
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Someone had to write this book.

In the same spirit as Tony Compolo in:"How To Be Pentecostal Without Speaking In Tongues"from a generation ago, David Housholder writes a wonderful introduction to the world of the spirit-filled, charasmatic, pentecostal, _____ (whatever term you use) movement that is sweeping through the world today (tongues and all!).

If you come out of a Christian tradition that has often treated the Holy Spirit as the "neglected outsider" of the Trinity, but you are compelled by that same Spirit to be open to his power, "Light Your Church on Fire Without Burning it Down: Church in the 21st Century" is for you.

David Housholder is uniquely capable of guiding the intrigued reader as he has lived out faith with one foot in the highly experiential Pentecostal camp and another foot in the highly intellectual mainline Lutheran camp (Fulbright scholar, as a matter of fact).

This book is a quick read filled with clear information and very practical suggestions on how to be more open to the Spirit yourself and how to be a positive influence in the process of opening up your Christian community. I was especially impressed by the graciousness with which David teaches those who are seeking the Spirit to deal with their Pentecostal and Charismatic brothers and sisters.

I have an absolute prejudice in favor of practical books that are simple without being simplistic and "Light Your Church on Fire Without Burning it Down: Church in the 21st Century" is just that. As a Christian wired in a similar way, David has been instrumental in modeling the Spirit-filled life for me, influencing my own transformation and the transformation of thousands of other Christians around the country.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy P. Hoyt on September 21, 2009
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"For many of us who grew up in historical congregations, the Holy Spirit lived somewhere in the Apostle's Creed, and He didn't get out much." I openly laughed and instantly related to this line from the book. Hous has written a road map for an awesome trip with the Holy Spirit. Light You Church on Fire without Buring it Down is a practical and easy to read guide for Christians wanting to be filled with the Spirit. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Rognlien on October 30, 2009
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I love to travel to new cultures and explore new territory where I have never been before. When I go I always try to have a guidebook written by someone from my own culture who has been there and done that. They explain the new culture to me, give me the essential terms I need to communicate, point out the pitfalls to avoid, and highlight the must-see places I don't want to miss.

Dave Housholder has written just such a guidebook for those who are new to the rapidly expanding world of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity. For those of us who don't yet speak the language and are not sure how to enter in, Housholder proves to be a reassuring and trustworthy travel guide. Coming from a solid mainline evangelical background and benefiting from world-class scholarship, he is also fluent in the Pentecostal movement and is one of its international leaders.

"How to Light Your Church on Fire Without Burning It Down" is an easy-to-read, concise, and profoundly helpful book for anyone exploring the things of the Spirit. If you are a bit nervous about Holy Spirit sparks catching the familiar trappings of our own faith on fire, but are drawn to the light and power of the Spirit, this book is for you!

Bob Rognlien, author Experiential Worship Experiential Worship: Encountering God with Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength
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I went somewhat reluctantly to a Lutheran seminary -- those who know me, hear me say, "I was drug in -- they're still trying to get the heal marks off the front steps... and there are claw marks all over the place from still trying to crawl out of the 'ordained' ministry!"

I'm an outdoorsman -- grew up on our family farm, taught Vo-Ag / FFA, but eventually went off to fly for the USAF... retired, high adventure Scoutmaster, and a profitable construction / remodeling business until a debilitating auto accident that changed my lifestyle significantly... and after much discernment, found myself in seminary. However, I ran into one person after another who seemed less then enthusiastic about my "spiritualness". Fortunately, the Good Lord provided a couple of folks (one a Campus Crusade director for OSU) for comfort and stability, that convinced me that maybe I could actually make it all the way through seminary... Then on my 4th year internship, after my first sermon, a retired pastor asked, "Where did you come from? You're not cookie-cutter Lutheran -- never heard a 'Lutheran' pastor talk about the Holy Spirit so much..." Oh no, here we go again! I thought... this is going to be a long internship. Another Sunday, someone (not a Lutheran) said, "Vicar, thought sure you were going to have an altar call at the end... but you didn't. Why not?"

Bottom-line, for me, David's book was a great read and affirmation that I'm not the only "Lutheran" pastor who doesn't fit "the mold"! AND, there are plenty of folks who are OK with that! Unlike David however, I do have a clerical shirt -- a blue jean clerical shirt, which, when I do happen to wear it, opens many doors for conversation with folks at the plant/on the line, in the field (farmers), on the street, etc.
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