pastor, Wood River Mennonite Church, Wood River, Nebraska
Since I became a pastor, I have been involved in a number of interesting and surprising events. One of the more interesting events happened several years ago, when one of my neighbors asked if I would be willing to perform a house blessing for him. As I spoke with him further, it became clear that this was not going to be a typical house blessing. He described how two spirits would come into his house, and these spirits would scare his children. Even though I had never been involved in something like this, I recognized that this was chance to share the gospel with my neighbor. I didn’t want to dismiss his request out of hand, so I requested some time to pray about it.
During this time of prayer, I also began discerning the situation with trusted mentors. Some had personal experience with deliverance ministries; others did not. In the end, I agreed to organize a blessing service for my neighbor. If you are interested in the whole story, check out the new Spiritual Deliverance page at www.centralplainsmc.org.
With the story, you'll find a list of my “Top 5 Resources on Spiritual Deliverance.” In compiling this list, I tried to find resources that were practical, theologically sound, and compatible with an Anabaptist understanding of Scripture. I list several resources that I found helpful, and I have also included suggestions from other trusted Mennonite leaders and missionaries. If you are looking for a more in-depth bibliography, I’ve also shared Willard Swartley’s bibliography. Willard is a long time AMBS professor and church leader, and the bibliography is representative of a lifetime of reading on this topic.
Of course, this list is not comprehensive, and there may perhaps be other good resources out there. However, I hope that should you find yourself in a situation similar to mine, that this list can be a place for you to draw on the wisdom of other Christians who have spent a lifetime considering the implications of God’s victory over evil.