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Michael J. Dies is the reviews editor for Pneuma Review. He and his family live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

Brian McLaren: A New Kind of Christian

Brian McLaren: A New Kind of Christian

  Brian D. McLaren, A New Kind of Christian: A tale of two friends on a spiritual journey (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001), 173 pages, ISBN 9780787955991. Brian D. McLaren, The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of A New Kind of Christian (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003), 203 pages, ISBN 9780787963873. Brian McLaren’s book may […]

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Jack Hayford: Practicing What We Preach

Jack Hayford: Practicing What We Preach

  Jack W. Hayford, “Practicing What We Preach” Ministries Today (Nov/Dec 2003), pages 22–27. Jack Hayford sees the church in a moral crisis. “Favoritism, greed, shoddy morals and shady ethics have found a comfortable home in the church. At the same time, both inside and outside the church there is a rise in intolerance towards […]

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Adrienne Gaines: Punching Prejudice

Adrienne Gaines: Punching Prejudice

  Adrienne S. Gaines, “Punching Prejudice” Ministries Today (July/August 2003), pages 30-34. When Scott Hagan became pastor Grand Rapids First Assembly of God (Grand Rapids, Michigan) he was aware of the city’s racially troubled past. It was in that same city in 1947 that “the Assemblies of God General Council made an infamous decision against […]

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John Eckhardt: Can a Christian Have a Demon?

John Eckhardt: Can a Christian Have a Demon?

  John Eckhardt, “Can a Christian Have a Demon?” Charisma (March 2003), pages 66-68. The subtitle of John Eckhardt’s article states, “Church people have been arguing for years over the issue of deliverance. I think that it is time to stop arguing and start setting people free.” He then relates how his church used to […]

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John Arnott: Living in Revival

John Arnott: Living in Revival

  John Arnott, “Living in Revival,” Spread the Fire (Issue 5, 2001), pages 6-9. John Arnott, pastor of the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, describes in this article the characteristics of the “Toronto Revival” and what effect he says this move of the Holy Spirit should have on believers in the future. One of the common […]

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Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls

Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls

John Kelley with Paul Costa, “Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls” Ministries Today (May/June 2001), pages 53-56. He was young in the Lord; rash and impulsive. He was also a born communicator, and immediately went out preaching and teaching, unencumbered […]

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Maureen Eha: They Shall Cast Out Demons

Maureen Eha: They Shall Cast Out Demons

Maureen D. Eha, “They Shall Cast Out Demons” Charisma (May 2000, Vol 25, No 10), pages 52-60, 120. Can believers be possessed, or demonized, by evil spirits? According to the article “They Shall Cast Out Demons” by Maureen Eha in the May 2000 issue of Charisma, the answer is yes. The article begins with the […]

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Philip Yancey: The Bible Jesus Read

Philip Yancey: The Bible Jesus Read

  Philip Yancey, The Bible Jesus Read (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1999), 221 pages.  Philip Yancey has written The Bible Jesus Read to help answer the question posed by his first chapter: is the Old Testament worth the effort? Drawing heavily on his own struggles reading these ancient books, he lights a way through […]

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Roger Olson: Don't Hate Me Because I'm Arminian

Roger Olson: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Arminian

  Roger E. Olson, “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Arminian: My Reformed friends sometimes treat me like the enemy, but actually we need each other,” Christianity Today (September 6, 1999), pages 87-94. Many remember the schism between George Whitefield and John Wesley as a microcosm of the debate between Calvinists and Arminians. Roger E Olson […]

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William De Arteaga: Quenching the Spirit

William De Arteaga: Quenching the Spirit

William De Arteaga, Quenching the Spirit (Orlando: Creation House, 1992, 1996), 358 pages, ISBN 9780884194323. William De Arteaga defines pharisaism as a religious attitude and heresy that so affirms the role of tradition that a new move of the Holy Spirit is often identified as demonic (p.335). Quenching the Spirit was written to confront that […]

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Jim Cymbala: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Jim Cymbala: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Jim Cymbala with Dean Merrill, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God’s Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997), 188 pages, ISBN 9780310211884. Jim Cymbala is the pastor of  the Brooklyn Tabernacle, New York, NY. Pastored by Cymbala since 1972, the Tabernacle has, as of 1996, began holding four […]

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Michael L. Brown: Let No One Deceive You

Michael L. Brown: Let No One Deceive You

Michael L. Brown, Let No One Deceive You: Confronting the Critics of Revival (Shippensburg, PA:  Revival Press, 1997), 295 pages. Michael Brown (Ph.D., New York University) is president of the Brownsville School of Ministry, and is regarded as being a leading scholar of the revival movement. In his preface Dr. Brown states that this book “. […]

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