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Tony Richie, D.Min, Ph.D., is missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador) and adjunct professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest in Knoxville, TN. He has served the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader and is currently Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and represents Pentecostals with Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He is the author of Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue (Emeth Press, 2011) and Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions: Encountering Cornelius Today (CPT Press, 2013) as well as several journal articles and books chapters on Pentecostal theology and experience.

Strangers To Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture, reviewed by Tony Richie

Strangers To Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture, reviewed by Tony Richie

Robert W. Graves, ed., Strangers To Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture (Woodstock, GA: The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, 2014), 604 pages, ISBN 9780996044509 A quick overview reveals that Strangers to Fire is an anthology of 35 essays edited by Robert W. Graves, President of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship. These essays are written by 26 […]

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75th Church of God International General Assembly: Historic Encounters, Hints of What Lies Ahead

75th Church of God International General Assembly: Historic Encounters, Hints of What Lies Ahead

  Official church historians consider the Church of God (Cleveland, TN USA) the oldest continuing, and one of the largest, Pentecostal ecclesial organizations in the world. It dates back to 1886 with roots in the Unicoi Mountains of Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. It considers itself more of a movement than a denomination, more […]

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Thomas Oden and J.I. Packer: One Faith

Thomas Oden and J.I. Packer: One Faith

Thomas C. Oden and James I. Packer, One Faith: The Evangelical Consensus (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 223 pages, ISBN 0830832394 Oden and Packer have done evangelicalism a valuable service in this work affirming and outlining its underlying unity contra a reputation for fragmentation. Drawing upon a wide array of trans-denominational and international confessions, […]

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R. T. Kendall: Holy Fire, reviewed by Tony Richie

R. T. Kendall: Holy Fire, reviewed by Tony Richie

  R. T. Kendall, Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical Look at the Holy Spirit’s Work in Our Lives (Lake Mary: Charisma House, 2014), 256 pages, ISBN 9781621366041. R.T. Kendall (DPhil, Oxford University) is no stranger to controversy. Raised in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition he converted to Calvinism as an adult. Yet his scholarship has challenged contemporary […]

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Spiritual Transformation through Pentecostal Testimony, by Tony Richie

Spiritual Transformation through Pentecostal Testimony, by Tony Richie

A presentation by Tony Richie at Ministers’ Week 2014 at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.

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Alan Berger: Trialogue and Terror

Alan Berger: Trialogue and Terror

  Alan L. Berger, ed., Trialogue and Terror: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam after 9/11 (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012), 288 pages, ISBN 9781608995462. Trialogue and Terror: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam after 9/11accomplishes several significant tasks for today’s critical interreligious discussion context. First, it points beyond general interreligious dialogue to the need for a particular […]

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The Spirit of Augustine's Early Theology, reviewed by Tony Richie

The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology, reviewed by Tony Richie

Chad Tyler Gerber, The Spirit of Augustine’s Early Theology: Contextualizing Augustine’s Pneumatology (Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2012), 221 pages, ISBN 9781409424376. Chad Tyler Gerber is Assistant Professor of Theology at Walsh University, USA. This book is part of the Ashgate Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity. The series focuses on major theologians from […]

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Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism, reviewed by Tony Richie

Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism, reviewed by Tony Richie

Calvin L. Smith, ed., Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Impact and Faith of Latin American Pentecostalism (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 284 pages, ISBN 9789004192492. I had the good fortune to be the Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader for the Society for Pentecostal Studies (2012) when Calvin Smith’s Pentecostal Power was part of a panel discussion. Jeff Gros, Carmelo […]

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William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith

William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith

William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, third edition (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008), 416 pages, ISBN 9781433501159. A third edition of what has become something a classic work in the field of Christian apologetics since its original (1984) and second (1994) versions is well worth the reading (or re-reading). The author insists it […]

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Alister McGrath: The Passionate Intellect

Alister McGrath: The Passionate Intellect

Alister McGrath, The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind (Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP, 2010), 210 pages, ISBN 9780830838431. Alister McGrath, an Anglican priest, theologian, and Christian apologist, is currently Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at Kings College London and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture. He was […]

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Bradley Jersak, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut

Bradley Jersak, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut

Bradley Jersak, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2009), 220 pages. If you’ll pardon a somewhat tacky pun, the subject of Hell has been hot lately. First, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived by […]

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A Pentecostal Perspective on Evangelism and Religious Pluralism: The Right Moment for an Important and Unprecedented Document, by Tony Richie

A Pentecostal Perspective on Evangelism and Religious Pluralism: The Right Moment for an Important and Unprecedented Document, by Tony Richie

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011 the news became public that an important, and in some ways, unprecedented, document on Christian witness and mission has been finalized and published. In the interest of full disclosure, along with several others, I helped write it. That doesn’t mean that what follows is a defense. Although some of us […]

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Holistic Mission, A Review Essay by Tony Richie

Holistic Mission, A Review Essay by Tony Richie

Brian Woolnough and Wonsuk Ma, eds., Holistic Mission: God’s Plan for God’s People, Regnum Edinburgh 2010 Series (Oxford, UK: Regnum, 2010), 279 pages, ISBN 9781870345859. Holistic mission, or integral mission, implies God is concerned with the whole person, the whole community, body, mind and spirit—and, that’s just what this book is about. Specifically, it discusses […]

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Tony Richie on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

Tony Richie on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

  Must Re-centralizing Jesus Mean Displacing the Spirit? A Review Essay of Scot McKnight’s “Jesus vs. Paul” In this review essay, Tony Richie responds to Scot McKnight’s article that introduces a conversation among theologians. Scot McKnight, “Jesus vs. Paul” Christianity Today (December, 2010), pages 24-29. The December 2010 cover encapsulates the discussion: Jesus preached almost […]

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