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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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John Alexander Dowie

John Alexander Dowie

  The Pentecostal movement and Pentecostal theology has been known for a ministry of divine healing. Donald Dayton lists four cornerstones doctrines in Pentecostal theology. Among them is the doctrine of divine healing.1 The practice of divine healing did not enter into the ministry of Pentecostals by some emotional meeting under a canvas tent. Historically, […]

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Meir Ben-Dov: Historical Atlas of Jerusalem

Meir Ben-Dov: Historical Atlas of Jerusalem

Meir Ben-Dov, Historical Atlas of Jerusalem (Continuum, 2002), xvi + 400 pages. Israel continues to be a land of archeological discovery as yearly excavations unearth more and more of her past. The Historical Atlas of Jerusalem, written by one of Israel’s preeminent archeologists, takes you on an epoch-by-epoch exploration of the city where God chose […]

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Spiritual Ecstasy: Israeli Spirituality in the Days of Jesus the Messiah, by Kevin Williams

Spiritual Ecstasy: Israeli Spirituality in the Days of Jesus the Messiah, by Kevin Williams

Were Pharisees opposed to anything supernatural? [Author’s Note: The following text is neither an endorsement nor a censure of Jewish mysticism as practiced today or during the biblical era. Rather, it is an attempt to present the facts of a multi-faceted and ancient religious philosophy in a short, manageable format for the Pneuma Review.]   […]

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Ivor Davidson: The Birth of the Church

Ivor Davidson: The Birth of the Church

Ivor J. Davidson, The Birth of the Church: From Jesus to Constantine, A.D. 30-312. The Baker History of the Church, Vol. 1. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004), 400 pages. Books on the rise and growth of the early church abound, focusing on various personalities and emphases. Do we need additional volumes to add to this library? […]

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Michael Satlow: Jewish Marriage in Antiquity

Michael Satlow: Jewish Marriage in Antiquity

  Michael L. Satlow, Jewish Marriage in Antiquity (Princeton University Press, 2001), 434 pages. Without question, we can all agree that marriage between man and woman was established and ordained by God very early after the creation account. Throughout the Bible, men take wives, marriages are arranged, and men and women fall in love. But […]

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Vinson Synan: 2000 Years of Prophetic Ministry

Vinson Synan: 2000 Years of Prophetic Ministry

  Vinson Synan, “2000 Years of Prophetic Ministry: Read the Stories Behind the Gift” Ministries Today (Sep/Oct, 2004), pages 24-28. Vinson Synan, perhaps the leading historian of the modern Pentecostal movement, presents a two part review of the place prophecy has held in the church. The “centuries of suppression” lasted for about 1900 years, and […]

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Timothy Yates: The Expansion of Christianity

Timothy Yates: The Expansion of Christianity

  Timothy Yates, The Expansion of Christianity (Inter Varsity Press, 2004), 190 pages, ISBN 9780830823581. I learned long ago that the IVP produces quality, well written publications and Yates’ book, though small in size, is no exception. Yates is and for years was an Anglican Priest who taught at University levels and his view of […]

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Larry Martin: The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour

Larry Martin: The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour

  Larry Martin, The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour: and a history of the Azusa Street Revival (Joplin, MO: Christian Life Books, 1999), 384 pages, ISBN 9780964628946. Dr. Larry Martin’s book The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour is a valuable contribution to Pentecostal studies as the first volume in his series […]

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