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Laurie Guy: Introducing Early Christianity

Laurie Guy: Introducing Early Christianity

  Laurie Guy, Introducing Early Christianity: A Topical Survey of Its Life, Beliefs & Practices (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 310 pages, ISBN 9780830826988. In Introducing Early Christianity, Laurie Guy, a lecturer in church history at Carey Bible College in Auckland, New Zealand, and a lecturer with the School of Theology at the University of […]

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Oskar Skarsaune: From the Jewish Messiah to the Creeds of the Church

Oskar Skarsaune: From the Jewish Messiah to the Creeds of the Church

  Oskar Skarsaune, “From the Jewish Messiah to the Creeds of the Church” Evangelical Review of Theology, Vol. 32, No. 3 (July 2008), pages 224-237. My interests always peak when encountering a document that traces our Christian faith back to the first century believers, so I was delighted when this article by Oskar Skarsaune, professor […]

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Gavin Wakefield: Alexander Boddy

Gavin Wakefield: Alexander Boddy

  Gavin Wakefield, Alexander Boddy: Pentecostal Anglican Pioneer (London, UK/Colorado Springs, USA: Paternoster, 2007), 245 pages, ISBN 9781842273463. Wakefield’s text is well placed as part of Paternoster’s Studies in Pentecostal and Charismatic Issues series. For one thing, Boddy was unarguably a most important founder and leader in early Pentecostalism in Great Britain, and he also […]

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The Impact of Martin Luther and the Reformation on Modern Revivalism

The Impact of Martin Luther and the Reformation on Modern Revivalism

  What can the Reformer teach us about revival?   The emphasis by Martin Luther and other Reformers on the ultimate authority of Scripture and the priesthood of all believers opened the way for all the great revivals of the modern era. Luther’s work broke the paralyzing hold of a religious hierarchy that claimed final […]

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Signs and Wonders in the Early Post-Apostolic Era

Signs and Wonders in the Early Post-Apostolic Era

  History teaches that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit did not cease with the first apostles—the early church demonstrated signs and wonders of God’s work in the world.   Cessationism teaches that the types of signs and wonders evidenced in the New Testament are not for today. The reasons given by cessationists are […]

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Michael Bergunder: The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century

Michael Bergunder: The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century

  Michael Bergunder, The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century, Studies in the History of Christian Missions (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008), 392 pages, ISBN 9780802827340. There will be several groups who will thank Michael Bergunder, professor of history of religions and mission studies at Heidelberg, for writing this book. First, historians […]

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Magnus Zetterholm: The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity

Magnus Zetterholm: The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity

  Magnus Zetterholm, ed., The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007), xxvii + 163 pages, ISBN 9780800621087. The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity presents the papers read at a meeting at Lund University in 2006. Three of the essayists are from Sweden, while the other two flew in from Yale University. […]

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Randall Stephens: The Fire Spreads

Randall Stephens: The Fire Spreads

  Randall J. Stephens, The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Cambridge: Harvard University, 2008), 393 pages, ISBN 9780674026728. Classical Pentecostalism has often been described as a religion of the American South. Much of the story of the origins of Pentecostalism, however, and the precise influences of the South that shaped the […]

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A Woman’s Place: House Churches in the Earliest Christianity

A Woman’s Place: House Churches in the Earliest Christianity

Carolyn Osiek and Margaret Y. MacDonald with Janet M. Tulloch, A Woman’s Place: House Churches in the Earliest Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005), vi+ 345 pages, ISBN 9780800637774. Carolyn Osiek, Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, and Margaret Y. MacDonald, Professor of Religious Studies at St. Francis […]

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Moving Mountains: Lessons in Bold Faith from Great Evangelical Leaders

Moving Mountains: Lessons in Bold Faith from Great Evangelical Leaders

Paul L. King, Moving Mountains: Lessons in Bold Faith from Great Evangelical Leaders (Grand Rapids: Chosen, 2004), 255 pages, ISBN 9780800793753. Paul King’s Moving Mountains is much more than ordinary hagiography. It is more like a practical textbook on living the life of faith. Make that living the life of faith with boldness. Add balance […]

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Keith Burton: The Blessing of Africa

Keith Burton: The Blessing of Africa

  Keith Augustus Burton, The Blessing of Africa: The Bible and African Christianity (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007), 294 pages, ISBN 9780830827626. The recent increase of books about the African continent might seem almost mind boggling for readers interested in learning about Africa and its relevance to Christian theology. Just where does one begin? Thankfully, […]

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Roger Olson: Pocket History of Evangelical Theology

Roger Olson: Pocket History of Evangelical Theology

  Roger E. Olson, Pocket History of Evangelical Theology (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2007), 152 pages, ISBN 9780830827060. In sixteen short chapters, Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) provides us with historical essays that cover the origination, development, and maturation of Evangelical theology within North America. The introductory chapter, composed of only fifteen pages, is worth the price […]

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Stephen Nichols: For Us and for Our Salvation

Stephen Nichols: For Us and for Our Salvation

  Stephen J. Nichols, For Us and for Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2007), 172 pages, ISBN 1581348673. Stephen Nichols has prepared an excellent primer for the study of the history of the early Christian Church. This book is appropriate for use in an undergraduate classroom […]

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Proclaiming the Gospel with Miraculous Gifts in the Postbiblical Early Church

Proclaiming the Gospel with Miraculous Gifts in the Postbiblical Early Church

  Many stories in Christian history are filled with accounts of charismatic gifts, miracles, signs and wonders.   The emergence of the Pentecostal, the neoPentecostal or charismatic, and third wave movements in our century has raised a variety of vital questions that demand answers. Among these is the issue of whether the spiritual gifts enumerated […]

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