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Showing the Spirit

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  17 reviews
This volume is an intelligent and definitive grappling with a passage that focuses upon spiritual gifts: 1 Corinithians 12-14. Carson shares pastoral insights about preserving church unity in the face of controversy over such things as charismatic teaching and practice. Partisans on both sides of charismatic issues are challenged by the even-handed consideration of nuances ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published 2010 by Authentic Media (first published June 23rd 1995)
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Good exposition of 1 Corinthians 12-14 as it relates to the issue of spiritual gifts and especially the charismatic gifts. Whether you agree with all of his conclusions he has put together a thoughtful discussion of the text and it's implications on the current day church.
Let me be clear up front: I am a cessationist. That is, I believe that the miraculous gifts in the New Testament ceased at some point near the completion of the canon of Scripture. D. A. Carson, however, is a continuationist. He believes that all of the spiritual gifts in the New Testament (except apostleship) are still active today. Yet in spite of this major difference in our perspectives, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed his book on the subject of spiritual gifts. Carson's exegesis of 1 Co ...more
Tom Beetham
This book is Carson at his best. Overall, even handed to both sides of the debate. Most importantly, it is tied to sound biblical exegesis. It helped answer some important questions I had. I still wonder: if these gifts are all still in existence, as I believe they are (and so does Carson), and every gift is a good gift from God, why should we not actively seek them all? I believe we should. I wish Carson took this tack a little more as well, but all in all, an exceptional book.
Michael Vincent
I'm not sure how this book could have been better. A thorough, balanced discussion of tongues, prophecy and other issues contained in 1 Corinthians 12 - 14. Other passages were also discussed when needed. Carson is scholarly, yet adds a pastoral touch. A must read for those in pastoral work and theology. My volume was a third printing from 1989, with a copyright of 1987.
Louis Fritz v
Carson does an excellent job of dissecting the three key chapters which divide so many arguments between the charismatic movement and the cessationist (and their subsets). At the same time, he does well of bringing up key means in which both members are at fault in their theology. The only real difficulty with the text is the amount of excessive word study analysis - great for seminary/post-seminary students - but it does provide a need for someone to create a laity accessible approach to this o ...more
Bart Box
Carson's work on 1 Corinthians 12-14 is a perfect example of exegetical thoroughness and pastoral sensitivity. He addresses the issues in the text with incredible care and seems to anticipate all the questions the reader would have. He takes into account the immediate context (1 Corinthians) and the wider biblical context (Acts, in particular). The last chapter contains excellent practical examples and counsel.
Joe Valenti
Even though this book was published in 1987, it is still one of the most important works on the subject of the ongoing miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit. Carson, a master of the Greek language and exegesis, has provided a very accessible volume on three of the most important chapters in the Bible surrounding the miraculous gifts. As an orthodox evangelical, his conclusions may surprise you!
Classic Carson: Clear, exegetical, balanced, insightful, worshipful. I was immensely helped in my thinking about these issues because of his precise reflections over the Scriptures. I especially appreciated his emphasis (as was Paul's) on love and unity in the body.
Ryan Wolfe
Super good treatment of the Corinthian passage. Plus at the end he reviews perspectives from Luke and thoughts on revelation.

His treatment is balanced and thorough.
Feb 06, 2012 Gaby is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Reading it for thoughts on the gift of tongues.

I would definitely use some of Carson's observations to build a theology on tongues, gifts and spirit baptism.
Really enjoyed this book, it is a hard read, very academic, however, was very encouraged throughout the entire book.
Good exposition of 1 Cor 12-14, though I didn't agree with his understanding of "interpreting tongues".
Adam Embry
The most compelling book that helped me move away from charismatic / Pentecostal doctrine.
Jan 08, 2008 Jason marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Don (D. A.) Carson (b. 1946) - Reformed evangelical at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His theology is similar to that of Wayne Grudem except on charismatic issues, where his view may be described as "open but cautious." Carson's tendency is to strive for balance and amicability in disputes but is uncompromising on the essentials of the faith. He is a complementarian but supports gender-neutr ...more
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