I am reading Donald Bloesch's book, THE HOLY SPIRIT (IVP, 2000).
He begins his chapter on Pentecostalism with these intersting quotes:
1. From J.A. Synan, historian and church leader:
"The latter-rain outpouring of the Holy Spirit is God's final great movement of power to provide a strong witness to the church and the world before the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ."
2. From Clark Pinnock - contemporary, evangelical theologian:
"Conversion without empowering is not enough - it is sub-normal Christianty. The pentecostals have been right about this - the rest of us had better listen."
3. From John Mackay -
"If it is a choice....between the uncouth life of the Pentecostals and the aesthetic death of the older churches, I for one choose the uncouth life."
I talked with a church leader last night who has in the last few days experienced a mighty empowering presence of the Spirit. It was messy, a bit loud, emotional, and appears about to be leading him into a walk more deeply in the presence of the Lord. A bit uncouth, it is something that has so enlivened him that words flow at great length.
I got hungrier just listening to him.
May this be a time in all of our lives of seeking earnestly for His renewing and empowering presence.
Oh God, have mercy on us, and fill us to overflowing with your life.