hillsongI got a good chuckle out of this article by Tim Schraeder, and I agree wholeheartedly with his appreciation for our mutual charismatic upbringing. Although I have expanded my theological horizons and grown in my understanding of and appreciation for other traditions, I am grateful for the passionate stream of Christianity I was raised in and which continues to impact me profoundly. One of the books that has been so helpful for me on the road of my spiritual journey in embracing a robust theology and practice is Richard Foster’s excellent book Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith. I highly recommend it!

Here’s the article by Schraeder …

“My Christian journey was profoundly shaped by the fact that I was raised in what some would call a charismatic church. I was raised in an Assemblies of God church and the first five years of my life in ministry were working on staff at an A/G church. I am grateful for how I was raised and after no longer attending an A/G church, I have come to value the impact growing up in a charismatic church made on my life. I will, however, note that there are some unique and quirky things that come along with it.

“This list is by no means intended to belittle the charismatic upbringing I had, but more to celebrate some of the oddities that can be associated with the heritage we charismatic kids can share.

“You may have been raised charismatic if…

  • you’ve recommitted your life to Christ more than 10 times per year.
  • you would say a quick prayer asking for the forgiveness of as many sins as you can remember when the traveling prophet would start walking around in the congregation.
  • Click here to see the full list.

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