- Series: Church in the 21st Century (Book 1)
- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143923731X
- ISBN-13: 978-1439237311
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Light Your Church on Fire Without Burning it Down: Church in the 21st Century Paperback – August 21, 2009
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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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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!
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.
If you are one of those who grew up in the church (as I did, but then "fell in with the wrong crowd" in college -- Campus Crusade & Billy Graham as I did), but perhaps have felt even a slight tug / desire towards more "spiritualness", then allow David to share his journey, his insights and experiences with you. AND IF you just cannot go there now... the Holy Spirit will walk with you where you are right now, as you are / who you are... and all your tomorrows... and one day, when someone asks you, "What's with all this 'Spirit' stuff?" ...well, you can come back here and tell of your journey into that great "unknown" world of "the Holy Spirit"!
Now, to figure out what I did with my last copy... Guess it's time to pick up another copy or two to share.. ;-)
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