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Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians, 12-14 [Kindle Edition]

D. A. Carson
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Book Description

Partisans on both sides of charismatic issues are challenged by the even-handed consideration of nuances in the Greek text in these three crucial chapters.

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About the Author

Dr Donald A.Carson served as pastor of Richmond Baptist Church, British Columbia from 1970-1972. Following his doctoral studies, he served for three years at Northwest Baptist Theological College (Vancouver) and in 1976 was the founding dean of the seminary. In 1978, Carson joined the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (August 1, 1996)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002W3BTVM
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Works Grapples with Spiritual Gifts September 20, 2003
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I do not always agree with D.A. Carson (although I mostly do), but I always admire and appreciate him. He is a true scholar who tempers his great mind with a heart for God.

Dr. Carson has written a masterpiece! This volume is an intelligent and definitive grappling with a passage that focuses upon spiritual gifts: I Corinthians 12-14.

He devastates the non-charismatic viewpoint that claims the Bible teaches that tongues would end of themselves upon the completion of the New Testament canon or at the end of the apostolic age. He fortifies (unintentionally) the view of non-charismatics who say, "God can give the gift of tongues today. But we do not see the real thing, so He must not be doing that right now." Although he strains to conclude otherwise, this is where his evidence could easily lead. His actual conclusion is that the gift of tongues is being given today, but not meant for all and not intended to be the believer's focus.

Carson likewise corrects common charismatic abuses by proving the following: (1) every true believer has been baptized in the Spirit, (2) there is no one gift possessed by every believer, but we should seek prophecy over tongues, (3) it is not God's will for all believers to be healed, but God can and does heal miraculously as He pleases.

Carson's exegesis is reasonable, respectful, well-informed, scholarly to the nth degree, clearly delineated and thoroughly documented. Although he addresses the entire text, he particularly focuses upon two of the most controversial spiritual gifts: tongues and prophecy. His views regarding prophecy are about the same as Wayne Grudem's: New Testament prophets do not bear the authority of Old Testament prophets (rather, New Testament authority is vested in the Apostles).
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best work I've found on these topics August 12, 2000
D.A. Carson has written the best book I've seen on the issues that arise in I Corinthians 12-14. There's a reason everyone refers to this book as the first place to look on these topics. He puts the widely misapplied "love" chapter (I Cor. 13) in its context -- spiritual gifts and order in worship. This is the centerpiece of his incisive analysis. From that viewpoint, noting Paul's emphasis on love, Carson details the reasons Paul said what he said and reconstructs the situations in the Corinthian church to which he was responding. He looks at contemporary views of tongues, prophecy, and other "charismatic" issues, placing them all in the proper perspective of the NT community worship in the Corinthian church, countering many extreme views on both sides of the issue. He shows how there's no Biblical basis for cessation of any gifts, yet most of these gifts are just vastly misunderstood and misused throughout many Pentecostal and charismatic churches. This is the most balanced work I've seen on the topic, and I recommend it to those from both sides of the issue who are willing to look seriously into the issue to see if what they've been taught is correct. If you're not willing to do so, you're probably being intellectually dishonest, so go ahead and read this book. It definitely repays the effort.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on these 'charismatic' passages November 15, 2000
Carson is one of the most respected theologians in the world today. Though more conservative than charismatic, in this book he writes almost like a biblical charismatic.
This book is a must for all charismatics interested to study 1 Corinthians 12-14 - a passage that is much disputed and which concerns charismatic issues.
Carson holds to a non-cessationistic view in this book. He also accepts Wayne Grudem's view of prophecy.
I particularly liked the way he handled tongues prophecy in his exposition on 1 Corinthians 14 - all charismatics need to read Carson on tongues here. He agrees that tongues are still given but he wants to see it used properly according to biblical stipulations.
His fifth and last chapter states some of his views on things like Baptism of the Spirit, 2nd blessing theology, revelation, historical evidence and also his review of the charismatic movement - which he comes out very positive.
Overall an excellent book that both conservatives and charismatics can learn from. Very balanced!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT November 20, 1999
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This is a wee gem of a book. Combines detailed exegesis of this contested passage with balanced, measured theological reflection. A model of serious biblical exposition. However, this book is over 10 years old. Also, Carson does not hide his mildly Calvinistic Baptist leanings. I would now supplement this book with the more recent commentaries of Gordon Fee, Richard Hays and Craig Blomberg on 1 Corinthians (especially Fee and Hays), not only because they are more recent, but also because they offer different perspectives on this contested piece of Scripture.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and useful March 30, 2003
Carson's book is relatively short at less than 200 pages, but it offers an excellent exegesis of 1 Corinthians 12-14. He draws on the best of recent scholarship, and is thorough in covering the major issues. Even if you disagree with his conclusions, he will prove helpful in highlighting questions and points of debate pertinent to the interpretation of perhaps one of the most controversial parts of the New Testament.
The author is neither a cessationist nor a charismatic with an axe to grind, and deals with the text fairly even-handedly. As a quasi-appendix (though it is actually probably a third of the book), he addresses a few relevant hermeneutical issues in relation to the book of Acts, and offers some pastoral reflections on the charismatic movement. Overall, Showing the Spirit is a comprehensive, yet succinct, introduction to the main exegetical issues in the chapters it addresses, and a number of great insights are to be found within its pages.
Incidentally, you could probably find a cheaper edition somewhere (my copy, published by Paternoster, UK, cost me less than £5 new just a few years ago).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful
Up until now I have only read books from a cessationist viewpoint. This book presents a scholarly argument for a continuationist pneumatology while identifying many of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dlajammer
4.0 out of 5 stars An honest dependence upon The Holy Spirit's ministry will be well...
D.A. Carson is a respected and thorough Theologian and I appreciated his fair treatment of the text as well as his honest look at both charismatic and non-charismatic viewpoints... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Juan Ledon
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breid Recommendation
The topic of spiritual gifts is complex, controversial and important in every age of the Church. So when a volume is written from a trusted and proven theologian with no ax to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reid Ferguson
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest Book
This book is another example of what happens when a Bible teacher choses to please his audiences rather than remain truthful to the Word of God. Read more
Published 16 months ago by swalk
4.0 out of 5 stars enlightening
Eye opening and helps give you a balance perspective. Need a dictionary to help better understand, but your knowledge will increase. Great book
Published 16 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This resource is useful for my PhD research on tghe Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts, their theology, nature, number, uses and abuses..
Published 16 months ago by Michael W.McCullough, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars thorough
It was a very thorough and deep read. It is excellent for a in-depth bible commentary, but not an easy read.
Published 17 months ago by Courtney Spittka
4.0 out of 5 stars Showing the Spirit
I bought D.A. Carson's popular book titled "Showing the Spirit (A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14)" several years ago and waited with great anticipation for the... Read more
Published on May 23, 2012 by Keith Heapes
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed the mark
Carson is a excellent writer. I admire much of his writing and have sat under his teaching/preaching many times. Read more
Published on April 17, 2012 by G. Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars A definitive study
My respect for D.A. Carson increases with each book of his I read. I admire his courage in tackling one of the most controversial portions of Scripture. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by Robert G. Leroe
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D. A. Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or coauthor of over 45 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament, and is general editor of Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns and Worship by the Book. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.


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