Brian Zahnd writes about his journey in “Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity”.
Trevin Wax gives us an inside glimpse into how something of this magnitude can transpire during an interviewing with Brian.
Here are a few extracts of Trevins questions followed by one of Brian’s core answers. I chose it since it closely summarizes my own my personal journey out of the traditional charismatic paradigm.
I strongly suggest reading the entire conversation.
Trevin Wax: Brian, you’ve had an interesting theological journey in ministry – from Word of Faith type teaching to a celebration of Christianity’s core teachings throughout history. First, tell us about your ministry at the outset – what you were about as a preacher of God’s Word and the vision you had for your local congregation.
Trevin Wax: What initiated your movement away from Word of Faith teaching to something more in line with historic Christian orthodoxy?
Trevin Wax: How did that journey begin to affect your preaching and teaching? That’s quite a shift.
Brian Zahnd: Quite a shift, indeed!
In August of 2004, I announced I was packing my bags from the charismatic movement. By “packing my bags,” I meant that I was taking certain things with me—for example, a belief that the miraculous is part of normative Christianity and should be expected. But I was moving beyond the sensationalism, the shallowness, the celebrity that characterized what I was now calling “easy-cheesy-cotton-candy Christianity.”