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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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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.. ;-)
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!
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. David is a "been there/ done that" guide who has finally written down what he teaches and models so well.
This is one Christian book that ought to have a money back guarantee:
"Money back if you don't get a little Spirit on you along the way..."
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The illustrations are simple, to the point and theologically correct. Householder is no charismaniac.Read more