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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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Grant McClung: Pentecostals: The Sequel

Grant McClung: Pentecostals: The Sequel

  Grant McClung, “Pentecostals: The Sequel: What will it take for this world phenomenon to stay vibrant for another 100 years?” Christianity Today (April 2006), pages 30-36. While some of us who have been reading Christianity Today for years and years—I started in 1961 when the magazine was five years old—may not expect supportive articles […]

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Wesley and the Pentecostals

Wesley and the Pentecostals

  Discover the heritage of John Wesley that runs deep in Holiness and Pentecostal movements.   Pentecostalism is what some might call the forgotten legacy of John Wesley. In nearly 100 years the movement has become the fastest growing body of Christians on the face of the planet. Pentecostalism is growing at a rate of […]

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Agnes Sanford: Apostle of Healing and First Theologian of the Charismatic Renewal, Part 1, by William L. De Arteaga

Agnes Sanford: Apostle of Healing and First Theologian of the Charismatic Renewal, Part 1, by William L. De Arteaga

Part 1 of 2 Introduction In 1985 Dave Hunt, a lay cult watcher, published one of the most influential books of the 1980s, The Seduction of Christianity.1 In that work he lambasted much of the leadership of the charismatic renewal for “seducing” the American Christianity with ideas and practices derived from occult sources. He attacked […]

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The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of the Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys

The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of the Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys

Mark A. Noll, The Rise of Evangelicalism: The age of the Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys, A History of Evangelicalism, People, Movements and Ideas in the English-Speaking World I (Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 2003). This is a splendid book that I found to be very rewarding reading. It is well thought out and […]

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Upheaval in Nigeria

Upheaval in Nigeria

    News Bulletin (from ChristianityTodayOnline): Nigerian Archbishop Demands Justice Peter Akinola affirms warning to government and Muslims, fires back on the Western press. (April 20, 2006) Professor Keener responds: I have spent time in northern Nigeria, and the Archbishop is speaking the truth. The western media reported when “Christians” massacred a few hundred “Muslims” […]

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Julia Loren: Healers of the Wounded Soul

Julia Loren: Healers of the Wounded Soul

  Julia C. Loren, “Healers of the Wounded Soul” Charisma (Sept. 2005), pages 55-62. Julia Loren presents to the reader of Charisma an insightful and charming article about one of the most important couples of the Pentecostal/charismatic persuasion, John and Paula Sandford. Their works on healing, deliverance, inner healing and the prophetic office are destined […]

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Elsie Mason: A True Civil Rights Hero

Elsie Mason: A True Civil Rights Hero

Her death didn’t grab headlines like Coretta Scott King’s did. But Elsie Mason and her late husband captured heaven’s attention. Tuesday, February 14, 2006 Last week, just one day before Coretta Scott King’s funeral was aired from an Atlanta megachurch, a lesser-known black woman named Elsie Louise Washington Mason was buried quietly in Memphis. She […]

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David Aikman: Jesus in Beijing

David Aikman: Jesus in Beijing

  David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power (Washington, DC: Regenery, 2003), 344 pages. Remarkably, this book is simultaneously profoundly spiritual and provocatively political. Its main thesis is that Christianity is slowly but surely changing China and a changed China may change the world. In […]

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