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Rex Humbard: The Soul-Winning Century

Rex Humbard: The Soul-Winning Century

  Rex Humbard, The Soul-Winning Century, 1906-2006: The Humbard Family Legacy … One Hundred Years of Ministry (Dallas: Clarion Call Marketing, 2006), 252 pages, ISBN 9781595740557. Since almost the beginning of the twentieth century Pentecostal movement, members of the Humbard family have been engaging in earnest, energetic ministry to reach the lost for Christ. Rex […]

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Kenneth Collins: The Evangelical Moment

Kenneth Collins: The Evangelical Moment

  Kenneth J. Collins, The Evangelical Moment: The Promise of an American Religion (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), 288 pages, ISBN 9780801027444. In his work, The Evangelical Moment: The Promise of an American Religion, Kenneth Collins covers a tremendous amount of territory in a little over two-hundred pages. Collins begins his work by painting a […]

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Glenn Sunshine: The Reformation for Armchair Theologians

Glenn Sunshine: The Reformation for Armchair Theologians

  Glenn S. Sunshine, The Reformation for Armchair Theologians (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2005), 264 pages. This book is one of a series of books for the “armchair theologian,” which includes volumes on Augustine, Aquinas, Carl Barth, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and John Wesley. The Armchair Theologian series is designed to present the theologians, or […]

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Virginia Burrus: Late Ancient Christianity

Virginia Burrus: Late Ancient Christianity

  Virginia Burrus, ed., Late Ancient Christianity,A People’s History of Christianity, Vol. 2 (Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress, 2005), 318 pages. The editorial team of the series entitled A People’s History of Christianity has endeavored to tell the story of Christianity through the eyes of the common person, rather than through the eyes of kings, conquerors, popes, […]

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Daniel Jennings: The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley

Daniel Jennings: The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley

  Daniel R. Jennings, The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley (Oklahoma City: SEAN Multimedia, 2005), 155 pages. This is a book I wanted to write but never did. In seminary in the 80s, I realized with increasing clarity and conviction contemporary Pentecostalism’s unspeakable debt to the incredible career of the Rev. Mr. John Wesley. I […]

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David Bebbington: The Dominance of Evangelicalism

David Bebbington: The Dominance of Evangelicalism

  David Bebbington, The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005), 288 pages, ISBN 9780830825837. In The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody, David Bebbington provides an outstanding introduction to modern evangelicalism by tracing its origins. In most treatments of the subject the distinguishing characteristic […]

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Joe Maxwell: Martyred for the Message

Joe Maxwell: Martyred for the Message

  Joe Maxwell, “Martyred for the Message: We’ve forgotten how much blood was spilled so that we could read God’s Word” Charisma (Sept 2006), pages 38-40, 42-47. A Thriller or Real Life? Does this sound like an exciting book or movie? “A small group of radical extremists are publishing a book full of dangerous ideas. […]

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Jim Purves: The Triune God and the Charismatic Movement

Jim Purves: The Triune God and the Charismatic Movement

  Jim Purves, The Triune God and the Charismatic Movement: A Critical Appraisal of Trinitarian Theology and Charismatic Experience from a Scottish Perspective, Paternoster Theological Monographs (Cumbria, UK: Paternoster, 2004), 242 pages, ISBN 9781597527538. Jim Purves has provided an important contribution not only to Charismatic studies but also to the specific field of Trinitarian theology. […]

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Bill Jackson: The Quest for the Radical Middle: A History of the Vineyard

Bill Jackson: The Quest for the Radical Middle: A History of the Vineyard

  Bill Jackson, The Quest for the Radical Middle: A History of the Vineyard (Cape Town, South Africa: Vineyard International Publishing, 1999), 419 pages. New movements need their stories told and Bill Jackson, pastor of Black Mountain Vineyard Church in San Diego, has told the story of the Association of Vineyard Churches. This is an […]

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Martin Erdmann: The Millennial Controversy in the Early Church

Martin Erdmann: The Millennial Controversy in the Early Church

  Martin Erdmann, The Millennial Controversy in the Early Church (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2005), 228 pages. Martin Erdmann’s text is a worthy contribution to the study of biblical and patristic eschatology (doctrine of the Last Things). With an educational background in both church history and New Testament, Erdmann utilizes all of his […]

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Mel Robeck: The Azusa Street Mission and Revival

Mel Robeck: The Azusa Street Mission and Revival

  Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., The Azusa Street Mission And Revival: The Birth Of The Global Pentecostal Movement (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006), 342 pages. About ten years ago, I audited a seminary course about the Pentecostal Movement. The course was a cooperative effort between Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School. The classes were […]

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Allan Anderson: An Introduction to Pentecostalism

Allan Anderson: An Introduction to Pentecostalism

  Allan Anderson, An Introduction to Pentecostalism: Global Charismatic Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). By way of introducing his topic, Anderson begins the book by describing his visits to four Pentecostal churches in different parts of the world, the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea; the Christ Apostolic Church, Lagos, Nigeria; a Vineyard […]

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St. Symeon the New Theologian, On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses

St. Symeon the New Theologian, On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses

St. Symeon the New Theologian, On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses Vol. 1 The Church and the Last Things (Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1995) Vol. 2 On Virtue and Christian Life (Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1996) Vol. 3 Life, Times and Theology (Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1997) I first heard of […]

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Agnes Sanford: Apostle of Healing and First Theologian of the Charismatic Renewal, Part 2, by William L. De Arteaga

Agnes Sanford: Apostle of Healing and First Theologian of the Charismatic Renewal, Part 2, by William L. De Arteaga

Part 2 of 2 Discover Agnes Sanford’s important influence on the charismatic movement in this article by historian William De Arteaga.   The Healing Light It was during her ministry at Tilton Army Hospital that Mrs. Sanford wrote her first and most successful book, The Healing Light.27 The book was based on the notes she […]

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