Jim Cymbala has a warning for the church. The warning is an urgent plea. The warning is for every Christian. Cymbala is afraid that the influence of the church is on the decline in America. Biblical competency is at an all-time low. Pastors are leaving the ministry. Young people are jettisoning the Christian faith. Trinkets are peddled but theology is minimized. Pragmatism is celebrated but prayer is downplayed. These are themes that the author develops in his latest work, Storm: Hearing Jesus For the Times We Live In.
Cymbala offers a prescription for these perilous times. His solution is a return to prayer and a reliance on the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The author writes with certain degree of boldness which may offend some. Certainly, church growth proponents will be repelled by Storm. But the essential message stands – “Everyone knows that a church must have a strong pulpit and strong preaching … But all this is utterly impossible without the enablement of the Holy Spirit.”
Storm is filled with stories of God’s grace and practical help for struggling pastors who serve in struggling churches.
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