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Martyn Wendell Jones: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church

Martyn Wendell Jones: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church

Martyn Wendell Jones, “Kingdom Come in California?” Christianity Today (May 2016). Describing himself as a curious skeptic, Martyn Wendell Jones set out to find out for himself if what was happening in Redding, California at Bethel Church was indeed a move of God and that revival was taking place. Jones who attends a Presbyterian (PCA) […]

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David Garrison: A Wind in the House of Islam

David Garrison: A Wind in the House of Islam

David Garrison, A Wind in the House of Islam: How God is drawing Muslims around the World to faith in Jesus Christ (Monument, CO: WigTake Resources, 2014), 307 pages. As the sub-title of Garrison’s book suggests, this book provides both an historical narrative and analysis of how the wind of the Holy Spirit is drawing […]

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A Nation Birthed in Prayer

A Nation Birthed in Prayer

Reclaiming America’s Godly Christian Heritage – Part 3: “A Nation Birthed in Prayer” This is a three part series that Dr. Eddie Hyatt presented at a “Revive America” weekend at Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune, Mississippi. In this series, he documents the radical Christian character of the first immigrants to this land and […]

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A Nation Birthed Out of Great Spiritual Awakening

A Nation Birthed Out of Great Spiritual Awakening

Reclaiming America’s Godly Christian Heritage – Part 2: “A Nation Birthed Out of Great Spiritual Awakening” This is a three part series that Dr. Eddie Hyatt presented at a “Revive America” weekend at Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune, Mississippi. In this series, he documents the radical Christian character of the first immigrants to […]

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It Began with a Vision

It Began with a Vision

Reclaiming America’s Godly Christian Heritage – Part 1: “It Began with a Vision” This is a three part series that Dr. Eddie Hyatt presented at a “Revive America” weekend at Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune, Mississippi. In this series, he documents the radical Christian character of the first immigrants to this land and […]

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Larry Hurtado: Lord Jesus Christ

Larry Hurtado: Lord Jesus Christ

Larry W. Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), 746 pages, ISBN 9780802831675. How is it that early Christians, who were mainly monotheistic Jews, showed such devotion, even worship, to Jesus Christ while still worshipping God in heaven? Larry Hurtado answers that question and more in this book […]

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Jeanne Harper: Visited by God, reviewed by David Suchet

Jeanne Harper: Visited by God, reviewed by David Suchet

Jeanne Harper, Visited by God: The Story of Michael Harper’s 48 Year-long Ministry (Aquila Books, 2013), 146 pages. Visited by God is the extraordinary spiritual journey of an extraordinary Spiritual man – Michael Harper. I think that I would not be missing the mark to say that Michael Harper was the leader of the Charismatic […]

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What Church History Can Teach Us [Americans] about Personal Tragedy

What Church History Can Teach Us [Americans] about Personal Tragedy

Some stories related to the Protestant Reformation rarely escape the dusty pages upon which they’re written. Take the story of Martin Luther’s family life, for instance. Shortly after the Reformation got underway, the middle-aged Luther married a former nun, Katharine von Bora. Together they raised six children, or should I say “birthed” six children. Their […]

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The Medieval Church Conundrum: How the Gospel was Preserved and Spread from the Frontiers

The Medieval Church Conundrum: How the Gospel was Preserved and Spread from the Frontiers

When the Empire made the Church into one of its institutions, how could the radical good news about Jesus the Christ continue to break out and change lives? Part of The Gospel in History series. Conundrum is a strange adjective, yet it is appropriate when one considers the state of the Christian message from AD […]

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Herrnhut: A Caribbean Shrine You Need to Know

Herrnhut: A Caribbean Shrine You Need to Know

Brother Carrin shares a lesson from church history about a renewal that changed missions and changed him forever. I am now 75 years old, and as you can imagine, looking back in gratitude to God for all my adult life spent in ministry. There are too many highlights to mention but here is one that […]

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William De Arteaga: Agnes Sanford and Her Companions, reviewed by Jon Ruthven

William De Arteaga: Agnes Sanford and Her Companions, reviewed by Jon Ruthven

William L. De Arteaga, Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015), ISBN 9781625649997 William De Arteaga has created a ground-breaking, major contribution that is foundational to the evolving understanding of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement projected to reach 811 million in only […]

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I Stand with Christ: The Courageous Life of a Chinese Christian

I Stand with Christ: The Courageous Life of a Chinese Christian

Zhang Rongliang and Eugene Bach, I Stand with Christ: The Courageous Life of a Chinese Christian (Whitaker House, 2015), 240 pages, ISBN 9781629113371. God has written a message to His Church in these last days through the lives of the underground church movement in China. I Stand with Christ is a historical narrative of the […]

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Handbook of Pentecostal Christianity, reviewed by Wolfgang Vondey

Handbook of Pentecostal Christianity, reviewed by Wolfgang Vondey

Adam Stewart, ed., Handbook of Pentecostal Christianity (De Kalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2012), 240 pages, ISBN 9780875806723. A handbook of Pentecostal Christianity is an important addition to the growth of recent literature introducing Pentecostal beliefs and practices. Twenty-four scholars provide concise essays on fifty topics in a format of a Reader or Introduction […]

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Cathy Le Feuvre: The Armstrong Girl - A child for sale

Cathy Le Feuvre: The Armstrong Girl – A child for sale

Cathy Le Feuvre, The Armstrong Girl—A child for sale: the battle against the Victorian sex trade (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2015), 224 pages, ISBN: 9780745956992 (e-book: 9780745968216). This is a difficult book to read, at least in some respects. But it tells a story of great importance and considerable relevance to us today. The Armstrong Girl […]

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