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Back to the Original Church

Alan Delotavo’s Back to the Original Church, reviewed by Jim Williams

From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. Alan J. Delotavo, Back to the Original Church: The Secret Behind Church Movements (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2010), 100 pages, 9781556355660. Regular and careful Bible readers inevitably piece the Bible story together until they have a sense of the grand sweep of things. We do the same with the history […]

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John R. Miller

New Order of the Latter Rain: A New Perspective, by John R. Miller

 From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. Introduction Many people, who are familiar with the history and teachings of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, have likely heard of the revival known as the New Order of the Latter Rain. Was this a legitimate revival? Was it an authentic move of the Holy Spirit? Perhaps what is most […]

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What Is Apostolic Doctrine? by Eddie L. Hyatt

What Is Apostolic Doctrine? by Eddie L. Hyatt

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine … (Acts 2:42) Apostolic doctrine, therefore, is not the new and novel teachings of someone who calls himself/herself an apostle. Apostolic doctrine is the message of Jesus, His redemptive work, and His call to selfless discipleship that is found in the 27 books of the New Testament. […]

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The 95 Theses by Dr. Martin Luther

The 95 Theses by Dr. Martin Luther

Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences Commonly Known as The 95 Theses by Dr. Martin Luther Out of love and concern for the truth, and with the object of eliciting it, the following heads will be the subject of a public discussion at Wittenberg under the presidency of the reverend father, Martin Luther, […]

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Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (New York: Penguin Books, 2010), 1187 pages, ISBN 9781101189993. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I read it over a second time and then read separate chapters that were of particular interest. You may want to do the same. The book will […]

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Puritanism: A Legacy Disdained by Historians and Sullied with the Devil’s Victory in Salem

Puritanism: A Legacy Disdained by Historians and Sullied with the Devil’s Victory in Salem

    The American journalist and satirist, H. L. Mencken, most famously quipped that Puritanism was “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, might be happy.” In many quarters of American life the Puritans are still dismissed as prudes and killjoys that have nothing to teach the modern world. Very often, the infamous Salem witch trials […]

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Alexander Severus (208 – 235CE) was the 26th Emperor of the Roman Empire, reigning from 222 – 235 CE. He was the last of the Severan Dynasty and his assassination in 235 led to the Imperial Crisis of the Third Century, a period of nearly fifty years of invasions, civil wars and economic collapse. Image by way of Wikimedia Commons.

The Ghost Of Alexander Severus: Third Century Religious Pluralism as a Foretaste of Postmodernity, by Woodrow E. Walton

Has Christianity ever found itself in a world full of competing religions and cultures? What can we learn from how those followers of Jesus acted in their times? Should we hope for the same kinds of outcomes? We are presently concerned with the relationship of our faith to the other religions of the world, especially […]

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