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Real Christianity is Growing in the USA

Real Christianity is Growing in the USA

Is Christianity dying in America? In this review essay by historian William De Arteaga, he points out that the statistics about the church shrinking are not what most have made of it. Glen T. Stanton, “New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger,” The Federalist (January 22, 2018) The above cited […]

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Healing and the History of Redemption: An Interview with J. D. King

Healing and the History of Redemption: An Interview with J. D. King

Pastor J. D. King speaks with PneumaReview.com about the history of divine healing he has written, the three-volume Regeneration: A Complete History of Healing in the Christian Church. PneumaReview.com: Please tell our readers why you chose the name Regeneration for your book on healing. J. D. King: I understand that some will accept this title […]

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Miracles and the Gifts of the Spirit All Through Church History

Miracles and the Gifts of the Spirit All Through Church History

Historian Jeff Oliver has written a three-volume series on how the gifts of the Spirit have continued all through Christian history. PneumaReview.com speaks with Jeff about his series and how we should expect God to do supernatural things through his church today. PneumaReview.com: Tell us some of your story. What Christian traditions influenced you growing […]

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William De Arteaga: Agnes Sanford and Her Companions

William De Arteaga: Agnes Sanford and Her Companions

William L. De Arteaga, Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015), ISBN 9781625649997 Dr. William L. De Arteaga wrote Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal to describe the history of […]

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Billy Graham: Apostle of Changed Lives and Second Chances

Billy Graham: Apostle of Changed Lives and Second Chances

Billy Graham: Apostle of Changed Lives and Second Chances  Christian History Magazine Features: Guest Editor, David Neff; Author, Grant Wacker and Fellow Historians Who Chronicle the Life of the World’s Best Known Evangelist for Christ   Christian History Institute (CHI), a quarterly magazine series, published a special edition of Christian History – issue #111, titled: “Billy Graham – Apostle of […]

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Vinson Synan: Oral Roberts

Vinson Synan: Oral Roberts

Vinson Synan, “Oral Roberts: Son of Pentecostalism, Father of the Charismatic Movement,” Spiritus: ORU Journal of Theology, 2:2 (2017) pages 5-21. Dr. Synan’s very fine article describes Oral Roberts (1918-2009) as “one of the most important religious figures of the twentieth century,” and that is indeed true. He, more that any person, brought Pentecostalism to […]

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Spending time with one of NASA’s “Hidden Figures”

Spending time with one of NASA’s “Hidden Figures”

I was honored to be this year’s guest speaker for the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia’s MLK Day Service. In the picture with Micah and me is Dr. Christine Darden, one of NASA’s hidden figures from the book entitled Hidden Figures. Dr. Darden attended the MLK Day Service. Dr. Darden is featured in the History Makers archives. As the archives report: She received […]

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The Second Blessing of Spirit Baptism: British Reformation Roots of the Pentecostal Tradition

The Second Blessing of Spirit Baptism: British Reformation Roots of the Pentecostal Tradition

The belief that Christian conversion was followed by a “second blessing” experience originated with eighteenth century Anglican priest and founder of Methodism, John Wesleyey. As elaborated by Wesley and his associate, the English divine and apologist John Fletcher, this belief laid down much of the theological agenda for the nineteenth-century Holiness movement and the twentieth-century […]

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The Ancient Poisons: Discernment Heresies of the New Testament

The Ancient Poisons: Discernment Heresies of the New Testament

Historian of Revival, William De Arteaga, makes it clear that heresy is an ancient and persistent threat to genuine revival. However, the heresies he examines might surprise you. This essay asserts that there have been three unrecognized discernment heresies in operation throughout Church history that have retarded revival and hindered the Church from coming into […]

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An Unlikely Historian of Revival: Interview with Eugene Bach

An Unlikely Historian of Revival: Interview with Eugene Bach

Eugene Bach speaks with PneumaReview.com about the amazing things he has seen God doing in China, Iran, North Korea, and other difficult places. What can we learn about the causes of the greatest revival of our age? How can you learn more about these Jesus movements that few others seem to be talking about?   […]

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The Spread of the Gospel in Hindsight: The Church’s First 1452 Years

The Spread of the Gospel in Hindsight: The Church’s First 1452 Years

What can Christians today learn from the successes and failures of Christians in the first fifteen centuries of the breaking out of the Good News of Jesus the Christ? This article by historian Woodrow Walton is an Epilogue to The Gospel In History series. With apologies to the Gregorian Calendar, A.D. 28 is selected as […]

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Evangelist of Pentecostalism: The Rufus Moseley Story

Evangelist of Pentecostalism: The Rufus Moseley Story

Church historian William De Arteaga introduces an important but often forgotten figure that God used to prepare many for the Charismatic Renewal. If there was no Rufus Moseley, there might not have been a Charismatic Renewal. Born in 1870 and died in 1954, J. Rufus Moseley was one of the most important, but largely forgotten […]

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Faith in the City: How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers

Faith in the City: How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers

Christian History Institute (CHI), publisher of Christian History magazine (CH), announces its latest issue, titled: Faith in the City – How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers. The entire issue focuses on how Christians lived in early urban centers and emerging cities, which became building blocks of Western Civilization. This issue, #124, examines the ancient “city movement” together […]

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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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