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The Legacy of Smith Wigglesworth and Revival for Today

The Legacy of Smith Wigglesworth and Revival for Today

This article has a two-fold purpose. First of all, we write to honor the legacy of Smith Wigglesworth, a very famous Christian healing minister and prophet of the late 1800’s all the way through the late 1940’s. Notably, he did extraordinary feats and exploits in the Name of Jesus Christ, including mighty miracles and even […]

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An Appreciation of Martin Luther: On Why Many Denominations Do Not Destroy the Unity of the Church

An Appreciation of Martin Luther: On Why Many Denominations Do Not Destroy the Unity of the Church

I was raised in the 1950s, in the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church, and was taught that Martin Luther led the “Protestant Revolt” against the Catholic Church. Worse, he was largely responsible for “rending the unity” of the Universal Church. Even today, when Catholics no longer attack Luther directly, they often slyly point out how many […]

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The Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

The Five Hundredth Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

A brief retelling of the birth of the Protestant Reformation with the hanging of Luther’s 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. This approaching October 31, 2017, when most people in the USA will be celebrating “Hallow-een,” with pumpkins, eating pumpkin pie, going “trick-or-treat”-ing, and make-believe witches riding broomsticks, Christians will either be in worship on […]

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Christian History Magazine commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Christian History Magazine commemorates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The Reformation Challenged Christendom with Bible Truths and Started the Protestant Movement – Set of Four Issues Examine Effects on Government, Commerce, Education, Theology & Social Institutions that Birthed Western Civilization Worcester, PA, October, 2017– Christian History Institute (CHI), publisher of Christian History magazine (CHM), announces its set of four magazine issues, #115 “Luther leads […]

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God Has Done Something Remarkable: An Interview with Paul Hattaway

God Has Done Something Remarkable: An Interview with Paul Hattaway

The largest revival in Christian history: PneumaReview.com speaks with Bible smuggler and missionary to Asia, Paul Hattaway, about his ministry and new autobiography, An Asian Harvest.   PneumaReview.com: You are the founder of a ministry called Asia Harvest. What prompted you to start this ministry and what types of work does Asia Harvest do? Paul […]

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John Piper: Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce

John Piper: Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce

John Piper, Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2006), 76 pages. John Piper did not attempt to add another biography of William Wilberforce’s life. He has instead probed to find the source of what motivated Wilberforce to spend his life for the abolition of slavery in Britain. Piper documented […]

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Gordon Lynch: Remembering Child Migration

Gordon Lynch: Remembering Child Migration

Gordon Lynch, Remembering Child Migration: Faith, Nation-Building and the Wounds of Charity (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), 175 pages + index, ISBN 9781472591128. Gordon Lynch is Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent. His current research concerns a detailed study of post-war British child migration schemes to Australia, which is an […]

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The Holy River of God: Currents and Contributions of the Wesleyan Holiness Stream of Christianity

The Holy River of God: Currents and Contributions of the Wesleyan Holiness Stream of Christianity

Barry L. Callen, ed., The Holy River of God: Currents and Contributions of the Wesleyan Holiness Stream of Christianity (Aldersgate Press, 2016), 274 pages, ISBN 9781600393099. The very mention of holiness can conjure up images of dower saints dressed in black garb, expressionless countenances, and a total lack of joy or fun. Think American Gothic […]

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An Apostate Church?

An Apostate Church?

Can a denomination move so far from biblical truth that it should be considered apostate? What about those local churches that have not embraced heresy or rejected the biblical gospel yet remain within the denomination?     After reading the article, “The Charismatic Renewal,” by historian William De Arteaga, A.D.M. responded with this comment: I […]

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What I Like and Don't Like About the Modern Charismatic Movement

What I Like and Don’t Like About the Modern Charismatic Movement

What I Don’t Like About the Charismatic Movement I don’t like the super-spirituality that is constantly giving rise to new and bizarre teachings and experiences. In this super-spiritual milieu, individuals are constantly seeking some new experience or some new revelation or giving themselves and others impressive sounding titles. All the while, the simplicity and power […]

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Empowered 21 Asia Congress 2017

Empowered 21 Asia Congress 2017

Everyone with the most rudimentary knowledge of Christianity knows the most significant revival during the past several centuries was the Pentecostal revival that began at a mission-church on Azusa Street, Los Angeles, USA around April 1906. From that revival missionaries filled with the Holy Spirit went to the nations of the world preaching the Full […]

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An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

“An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story” PBS (Aired April 2, 2017). This documentary, produced for the Public Broadcasting System, is a very fine introduction to the life, writings and influence of Reinhold Niebuhr, perhaps the most prominent and influential American theologian of the 20th Century. His theology of social justice, peace and the sometimes […]

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Stakes are Global in Decline of Pluralism in Indonesia

Stakes are Global in Decline of Pluralism in Indonesia

The sentencing of Jakarta’s former governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian and ethnic Chinese, to two years in prison for alleged blasphemy is a cause for serious concern not only for religious minorities and tolerant Muslims in the archipelago, but also in the global fight against terrorism and Islamist radicalism. For, there is perhaps […]

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Michael Yount: A. B. Simpson

Michael Yount: A. B. Simpson

Michael G. Yount, A. B. Simpson: His Message and Impact on the Third Great Awakening (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016), 232 pages, ISBN 9781498282802. An appreciation for the role that A. B. Simpson (1843–1919), founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, played in the shaping of late nineteenth-century trans-Atlantic evangelicalism has been growing in […]

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