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Kenneth Berding: What Are Spiritual Gifts?

Regardless of these criticisms, we Pentecostal/charismatics would do well to heed Berding’s point. We are here to serve—now get busy!

In conclusion, spiritual gifts are special abilities. Spiritual gifts are ministries. People do also have God given endowments called talents. So, there is a spectrum of “natural” endowments and empowerments that all originate from God to fulfill his purpose for the church and the believer. Therefore, our understanding of spiritual gifts should be both/and rather than either/or. I suggest readers pick up Dr. David Lim’s book, Spiritual Gifts: A Fresh Look. It is an amazing continuation of this conversation.

Reviewed by Robert V. Huckleberry


Further Reading:

To preview Kenneth Berding, What Are Spiritual Gifts?

Read Kenneth Berding, “Confusing Word and Concept in ‘Spiritual Gifts': Have We Forgotten James Barr’s Exhortations?” JETS 43:1 (March 2000),  pages 37-51.

What Are Spiritual Gifts? An Interview with Dr. Ken Berding


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Category: Spirit, Winter 2011

About the Author: Robert V. Huckleberry is a professor of aerospace studies at Bowling Green State University and is currently preparing a missional church plant targeting college students.

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