Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Empowered Evangelicals by Rich Nathan and Ken Wilson

Has it ever bothered you to pass several Christian churches within a mile of each other? I’ve often wondered what would happen if we all joined together. You know, that strange thing called unity of faith.

Empowered Evangelicals offers a step in that direction. With a positive tone, Nathan and Wilson present a very exciting picture of a stronger and more biblical Christianity for all by combining the best emphases of conservative evangelicalism with the best emphases of Pentecostalism. The emphases offered from both segments include worship and teaching the Word, using our emotions and using our minds, valuing the supernatural world and valuing the natural world.

Nathan, raised in a conservative Jewish family, briefly shares his journey to Christianity. As a teen, he was an avowed agnostic. His first encounter with a Christian in college introduced him to the Pentecostal perspective. After being persuaded by leaders of the campus ministry group that his Pentecostal theology was incorrect, Nathan and his friend – who later became his wife – dove into the more conservative evangelical mindset for several years.

Wilson came to Christ at the age of nineteen after growing up void of direct Christian influence. The impact of his family history with "religious judgmentalism" piques his awareness to the inherited tensions in every church.

The authors experiences cover a broad spectrum within the Christian culture providing a well balanced evaluation of both the evangelical and charismatic worlds. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, suggestions for individuals seeking a church, and recommendations for pastors in opening the eyes of their church to the best of both worlds.

This is more than a book of ideas. As a member of Vineyard Church of Columbus where Rich Nathan is senior pastor, I have the privilege of seeing these concepts in action. Although reminded frequently of our need to continue growing in understanding of this unity, the experience at Vineyard is like nothing I have witnessed in any other church.

Whether you hold strong to the stoic exegesis of God’s Word or prefer to shout for joy from the depths of your emotions, this book will encourage you to see and experience the best of both worlds.

This book is available used at or new through Vineyard Columbus

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