Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Charismatic Christianity in Africa

Conrad Mbewe spoke at the Strange Fire Conference. He's very critical of charismatic theology in Africa. By contrast, here's a sympathetic account from a follow African scholar:

Since I take a mediating position, I find myself agreeing with some of what both men say, as well as disagreeing with some of what both men say. 


  1. What does a mediating position mean? Can you give us a positive sketch of what you believe the Scripture teaches about the matter? Out of everything you've written since the 'Strange Fire' Conference came about I have had a difficult time ascertaining what you actually believe. Inquiring minds (at least mine) want to know.

    1. Option #3

    2. MSC,

      What do you find troubling in Steve's mediating position? I'm genuinely curious.

  2. What I find striking about the cessationist/charismatic debate is how both sides are two sides of the same coin. Both sides engage in special pleading, from oppposite sides of the coin. Charismatics overemphasize the hits and underemphasize the misses while cessationists underemphasize the hits and overemphasize the misses.