The Spirit is blowing among theologians

Last week I attended the theologians’ conference of the Evangelisch Werkverband (EWV) in Harderwijk. More than two hundred responsible people in the church in the Netherlands had gathered for no fewer than six(!) presentations on the work of the Spirit. This day was organized as a follow-up and reflection on the There is More conference last September in Ede. Randy Clark of Global Awakening then taught us about the power of the Holy Spirit and gave us space to experience that power.

I was there in September and was right on top of it. There is More touched me deeply. First of all, the unique historical fact that PKN pastors and Evangelical pastors met in the context of the Spirit. But also because you could taste so much love for God and see the power of His Spirit working. Overwhelmingly beautiful and yet such a conference requires thorough reflection. The EWV facilitates this.

This Monday at the theologians’ conference, Ronald Westerbeek, New Wine Theologian, kicked off with a strong speech. In it he shared some important comments on Randy Clark’s theology. Especially the tension between the ‘already’ and ‘not yet’ of the kingdom of God and how we should deal with this in the healing ministry. Stimulating!

Reverend David ten Voorde from Nunspeet then made a strong appeal to continue adventuring and to continue to expect God’s power in any situation. He shared his warm feelings about the conference and Randy Clark’s ministry. From the book ‘The Nearly Perfect Crime’ by the Catholic priest Francis MacNutt, he called for healing not to be stolen from the church.

The day continued with Miranda Klaver (VU lecturer), who shared a number of critical notes and reflections with us. Wonderful to see that for and against can coexist in this way and that it opens the hearts for a good conversation and sincere reflection. The afternoon was filled with strong, inspiring speeches by Gerrit Vreugdenhil, Jos Douma and of course Hans Maat himself. Another historic day!

Amid all these observations, theological insights, personal interpretations and unique experiences, I sat in the back row. Curious and at the same time modest so as not to disturb the process of the Spirit. The Spirit is blowing… also in the Netherlands, also in the PKN. What happens here is unique. Precisely the time when the church seems to be losing ground is an ideal breeding ground for change and innovation. The need is great, but the hunger is widespread and the cry for God’s power is increasing. Also among theologians! The water of the Spirit seeps through all kinds of church walls and makes bone-dry hearts soft again.

On Monday I sat there in the back row with Wilkin van de Kamp. Still shaken by the miracles we had experienced two days earlier during the healing service on the Free His Weekend. For the first time in my life I witnessed someone miraculously walk again from a wheelchair, while I prayed for it myself. The heavens opened, I laughed and cried. Again as I write it. God is so good and so very great! Let the Spirit blow, especially among theologians. Then everything will start moving and there will soon be no stopping the power of God!

About Martin Koornstra

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