- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Empowered Life (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1680310860
- ISBN-13: 978-1680310863
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
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This is an anthology of 35 essays edited by Robert W. Graves, President of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship; written by 26 authors of the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Third Wave movements or non-cessationists of traditional denominations responding to John F. MacArthur's Strange Fire or cessationism and the abuse of the charismata in general. Foreword by J. Lee Grady.
Authors include Wayne Grudem, Jack Deere, Craig Keener, Jon Ruthven, Sam Storms, Doug Oss, Mel Robeck, Paul Elbert, Randy Clark, Robert Menzies, J. P. Moreland, Gary Greig, Mark Rutland, Gary Shogren, William De Arteaga, William K. Kay, and Melvin Hodges.
About the Author
Robert W. Graves is the author of The Gospel according to Angels (Chosen Books/1998) and Praying in the Spirit (Chosen Books/1987). His writings have appeared in Moody Monthly, Christian Parenting Today, Ministries Today, Pentecostal Evangel, Church of God Evangel and numerous other publications. He has a master s degree in English from Georgia State University and has taught at Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, and Southwestern Assemblies of God College. In 2001, he began writing fiction. His short stories The Professor's Midnight Dream and Worn Carpet were the first-place winners of the 2006 and 2010 Christian Authors Guild fiction contest. His short story The Altar was published by Gospel Publishing House and won first place in the 2006 2007 Fiction Writing contest of the Southern Christian Writers Conference. His latest publications are non-fiction: Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture (2016), a 600-page anthology on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and their continuation in the church today, which he edited and contributed two chapters to, and The Poet as Prophet, Wander, and Pilgrim in Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (2015). Graves is the president and co-founder of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, Inc.
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Yes! Yes, I am grateful. Why you may ask? Because, like the Judaizers, who in part, prompted Saint Paul to re-iterate the true gospel of grace through faith in his letters, so JM has inspired/prompted Robert Graves and the "dream team" of Continuationist theologians, authors, and pastors to produce this wonderful book of essays that show what the Bible really says about the gifts and their role in our lives.
Now, I don't mean to suggest that this work is on par with the Holy Scriptures or is "inspired" in the same way. However, it is really, really good! So good, that if I could recommend only one book for those within the Continuationist camp (Charismatics/Pentecostals/Third Wave) or those interested in the topic, THIS is the one!
This book doesn't just push back against JM's claims (accusations) about Charismatics but it also serves as a strong apologetic for the continuation of the gifts. Besides quality exegesis of the scriptures, it offers a peek at the spiritual gifts in the history of the church after the death of the original Apostles and touches on why cessationism came into existence. It also dismantles the common and worn out arguments/theories Cessationists often repeat ad nauseam.
The contributors include Stanely M. Burgess, William De Arteaga, Jack Deere, Sam Storms, J.P. Moreland, Gary Shogren, Jon M. Ruthven, Craig Keener, Wayne Grudem, Gary S. Greig among others.
What a book! What a book!
This book, “Strangers to Fire,” a response to MacArthur‘s “Strange Fire,” is an excellent and scholarly work, compiled from the writings of teachers and theologians whose experience in the supernatural reveals a God Who is good in ways which are astonishing, and Whose ways are perfectly compatible with the Bible. This collection of essays counters MacArthur’s biased premises, unsupportable assumptions, and wildly inaccurate claims in a way that, for those who have ears to hear, truly imparts Grace To You.