“My Conversation with God”: An Anonymous Testimony That made My Day

I just finished reading an incredible article that I received from Christianity Today. It actual made my day and my night also! It is an anonymous testimony from a professor of theology which is obviously not Pentecostal or Charismatic. In fact he says:

I’m a middle-aged professor of theology at a well-known Christian university. I’ve written award-winning books. My name is on Christianity Today’s masthead. For years I’ve taught that God still speaks, but I couldn’t testify to it personally. I can only do so now anonymously, for reasons I hope will be clear.

A year after hearing God’s voice, I still can’t talk or even think about my conversation with God without being overcome with emotion. That’s one reason I know it was real; I’m not a person who shows emotion easily. Plus, I’m a skeptic about things supernatural. Not that I don’t believe they can happen; I just doubt most miracle stories except the ones in the Bible. I’ve even been known to criticize publicly what I consider to be overly experiential forms of Christianity. I suppose that makes this story especially ironic.

Here’s the link and the title: “My Conversation with God“. It is well worth the five minutes or so it takes to read it. warning: Kleenex might be needed. I had to hunt some up half way into it. Read my comments following:

Comments: Stuff like this happens every day in Charismatic/Pentecostal circles. However, when the Spiritual gifts start breaking out in the life of an regular Evangelical -admittedly non-Charismatic- theology professor who continues to be self-conscious about it, can real Revival be that far behind? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Actually I am doing both right now.

I really believe that the Lord is going to be moving in new and unique ways among all Christians, particularly among leaders and Pastors. Watch for healing and Spiritual gifts to informally break out in churches and places where they have never been recognized before. This is like a small first wave. Look for more to come later.

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3 Responses to “My Conversation with God”: An Anonymous Testimony That made My Day

  1. Powerful!

    As the Holy Spirit broke into our meetings last weekend (yes, He has to do that in Pentecostal/Charismatic circles sometimes:) I kept thinking of Jack Deere’s book Surprised By His Presence….could help but feel God may have even more surprises for His kids in the coming days:)))

  2. Thanks David, I thought about Jack (A former pastor of mine) also when I read the account. Jack Deere was a ‘cessationist’ professor when the Lord spoke to him for the first time.

    David, thanks also for sharing your recent trip to Guyana, if anyone needs a boost of faith today read about that trip on David’s blog.

    Michael

  3. What’s funny is that the “anonymous” author is hiding behind anonymity presumably to protect his career, if his institution would look askance at him for actually hearing from God. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to look like he’s saying “buy my book, God told me to write it.” But it can’t be that hard to figure out who he is – there aren’t that many contributing editors to Christianity Today, and people can probably guess which one is middle aged, professor of theology, at a university (rather than a seminary or college), and has written award winning books.

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