Monday, February 13, 2006

Post-Charismatic Goes Live

After almost two years of research and writing, the Post-Charismatic project is now officially "live"!

"Rather than watch our wounded brothers and sisters turn their backs on the faith or reject genuine spiritual experiences, those of us who identify with the charismatic renewal should determine to help rid our movement of its extra baggage."

J. Lee Grady, editor of Charisma Magazine, wrote these words over a decade ago, as he called charismatics to some house-keeping in their own movement.

Grady also reported that by 1990, there were an estimated 92 million people worldwide who referred to themselves as "post-charismatic". Although current statistics are unknown, it is safe to assume a significant increase in that number since 1990.

The Post-Charismatic project is broken down as follows:
  1. A brief historical overview of the developing theology of the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Third Wave movements,
  2. A de-construction of the background, teachings, and problems associated with the Latter Rain, Word Faith (Prosperity), and Shepherding movements, and
  3. A re-construction (Spirit & Praxis) of the areas most affected by these movements: a biblical view of authority and the "five-fold" ministries, what it means to live by faith, spiritual formation (discipleship), and finally, what it means to be "communities of the Spirit"
Through the web-coding help of Brother Maynard, there is a forum following the Spirit & Praxis section, where conversation can continue to take place for those who consider themselves "Post-Charismatic, but not post-Spirit".

Welcome to the Journey.

Update & Addendum (August 2006)

With the contracts signed with Kingsway Communications UK (and their parent company, David C. Cook Publishing) for the print publication of Post-Charismatic, the website version has been removed. I'll be sure to let everyone know when the book will be available. Exciting times!

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