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William Tabbernee: Prophets and Gravestones

William Tabbernee: Prophets and Gravestones

  William Tabbernee, Prophets and Gravestones: An Imaginative History of Montanists and Other Early Christians (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009), 385 pages, ISBN 9781565639379. The Montanists were an important early Christian movement that began in Asia Minor during the late second century. They were essentially a charismatic upstart group, headquartered in the towns of Pepuza and Tymion, […]

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Michael Wilkinson: Canadian Pentecostalism

Michael Wilkinson: Canadian Pentecostalism

  Michael Wilkinson, ed., Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), 308 pages, ISBN 978077355. Canada is probably not the first place that comes to mind when we speak of Pentecostalism. One of the most significant transformations in twentieth-century Christianity, the emergence and development of Pentecostalism is typically more closely […]

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Standing Between the Living and the Dead

Standing Between the Living and the Dead

George Whitefield was an Englishman of the 18th century and one of the greatest evangelists of all times. Today’s “signs and wonders” would seem mild in comparison to the Spirit’s astonishing demonstrations that occurred in his ministry. My request of the Lord is that He will anoint me with the same Holy Spirit’s power that […]

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Historic Occasion: Pentecostal Presence at the National Council of Churches of Christ General Assembly

Historic Occasion: Pentecostal Presence at the National Council of Churches of Christ General Assembly

Historic Occasion: Pentecostal Presence at the National Council of Churches of Christ General Assembly I am especially grateful to have been the first ever formally endorsed invited guest and observer from the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) at the National Council of Churches General Assembly in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Nov 10-12, 2009). This was truly an […]

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Myron Noble: And They Yet Speak

Myron Noble: And They Yet Speak

E. Myron Noble, And They Yet Speak: Historical Survey of African American Pentecostal-Holiness Churches in the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., 1900-2006 (Middle Atlantic Regional Press, 2006), 437 pages, ISBN 9781877971280. I have been a history buff for much of my life with a particular emphasis on the history of the Holiness Pentecostal Tradition. I remember […]

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Paul King: Only Believe

Paul King: Only Believe

Paul King, Only Believe: Examining the Origin and Development of Classic and Contemporary Word of Faith Theologies (Word & Spirit Press, 2009), 408 pages, ISBN 9780981952604. Paul King is a scholar at Oral Roberts University and an ordained minister of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. In this volume of some 400 pages, beautifully published […]

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Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries

Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries

  Oskar Skarsaune and Reidar Hvalvik, eds., Jewish Believers in Jesus: The Early Centuries (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2007), 930 pages, ISBN 9781565637634. This volume is an imposing compendium of scholarly research into the Jewish Christianity of the first several centuries. The book features essays on nearly every major representative and aspect of this important stream within […]

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Ritva Williams: Stewards, Prophets, Keepers of the Word

Ritva Williams: Stewards, Prophets, Keepers of the Word

  Ritva H. Williams, Stewards, Prophets, Keepers of the Word: Leadership in the Early Church (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006), 228 pages, ISBN 9781565639492. Williams approaches the subject of leadership in the early church through an examination of the social and cultural customs of the Greco-Roman civilization during the first and second centuries. In addition to […]

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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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