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Plenary 1

Sam Storms

Charismatic Evangelicalism: Charting a Course for the Convergence of Word and Spirit

Charismatic renewal has reached a pivotal point in our day. On the one hand, many are falling prey to the false “gospel” of prosperity or the presumptuous claims of the Word of Faith movement. On the other, many are simply giving up, either fearful of fanatical excess or embarrassed by the charismatic sub-culture of sensationalism, triumphalism, and super-supernaturalism. Are these our only options? No. By carefully identifying both the strengths and weaknesses of charismatic renewal and holding rigorously to a biblically informed perspective on spiritual gifts and their power, there is hope for the church and the genuine convergence of Word and Spirit.