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- Publisher: IVP Academic (March 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 21, 2017
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- Language: English
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"In Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal, Gordon Smith is a constructive provocateur. The word and in the title of the book is far from a mere grammatical connector. 'And' is indicative of Smith's call to Christians, including evangelical Christians, to embrace together realities which too often are considered incompatible with each other, if not denied altogether. Furthermore, this call is not a call primarily to individual Christians or to some form of private piety. It is a call to churches―a call to churches to be the church. At the same time, this book is not primarily a critique but an invitation―an invitation to enter into and celebrate, in Smith's words, 'an ecology of grace.' Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal is a wise and thoughtful invitation, accompanied by concrete suggestions, for churches to enter more fully into the grace that is found in union with Christ." (W. David Buschart, professor of theology and historical studies, Denver Seminary)
"Christians often live in a state of spiritual malnourishment, choosing exclusively between the Word, sacraments, or renewal by the Spirit. In this timely pastoral appeal to overcome historical and theological divisions, Gordon T. Smith invites believers to be drawn into the fullness of life―fellowship with the living God―by embracing the divinely appointed means of grace." (Jeffrey W. Barbeau, professor of theology, Wheaton College)
"This is a timely and significant book because it captures the emerging ecumenical, experiential spirit of our times. Smith's book offers a brilliant and practical vision for how the contours of an evangelical, sacramental, and pentecostal spirituality can be integrated into a full-orbed Christian spirituality and ecclesiology. This kind of perspective is absolutely in tune with what the church in post-Christendom needs in these days when we are redefining our identity as God's people and need resources to help guide us in that important work." (Lee Beach, associate professor of Christian ministry, McMaster Divinity College, author of The Church in Exile)
"This book is a wonderful corrective to the tendency to be locked into our own theological tradition and be critical of other perspectives. Our Christian communities would be more vibrant and attractive to the unbelieving world if we intentionally incorporated the best in all traditions. Dr. Smith's book demonstrates how this can be done with integrity." (Glen Shellrude, professor of New Testament, Alliance Theological Seminary)
"Gordon T. Smith, president of Ambrose University in Canada, has an exciting and promising proposal in his new book Evangelical, Sacramental, and Pentecostal: Why the Church Should Be All Three. Smith has fashioned a beautiful vision for the unity and interdependence of these major streams of the church. . . . What Smith offers is no airy-fairy ecumenical project. His point is not simply that we can learn from different traditions, but rather that we need each other to survive and thrive in the modern world." (Michael Bird, Christianity Today, April 2017)
"Excited by Smith’s call for a more robust church life, I believe this book can be a tool for the church to become more of what it is called to be―both through more balanced fellowship practices and through healthier ecumenical cooperation and relationship. It provides a solid starting point for churches." (Mbherald.com, July 31, 2017)
"Smith’s book will act as a good introduction for Bible-believing Christians to embrace the sacramental and pentecostal approaches." (Pye Chew, Faith Today) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Over the years I have worked to learn the other streams of the Church that have been part of Christianity for centuries and have grown in appreciation and practice for these streams. I have understood "evangelical" more readily as a Pentecostal, but learning the "sacramental" has offered me deep joy.
Smith's book calls us to embrace all three movements. How can we possibly think of one without the other two? (We DO bring in our hardened categories, however.) Once I learned more about the Table of the Lord, I have learned MORE about the presence of the Spirit and the activity of the Spirit than ever before.
Smith offers the "gems" of what each movement brings to the Church. He offers warnings of being out of balance in any of the areas as well. The book is concise and thought provoking. I would encourage any pastor, but especially those who are Pentecostal, to pick this book up and allow the encouraging thoughts call us to examine ALL that Christ has to offer the Church!