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Gary Best: Charles Wesley

Gary Best: Charles Wesley

Gary Best, Charles Wesley: A Biography (Peterborough: Epworth, 2006), 390 pages, ISBN 9780716206156. This is a very fine book about Charles Wesley. Yes, I did say “Charles Wesley”. As author Gary Best points out, there have been many books written about John Wesley, but his brother Charles has not been so fortunate. This biography seeks […]

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Roger Olson and Christian Winn: Reclaiming Pietism

Roger Olson and Christian Winn: Reclaiming Pietism

Roger E. Olson and Christian T. Collins Winn, Reclaiming Pietism: Retrieving an Evangelical Tradition (Eerdmans, 2015), 204 pages, ISBN 9780802869098. If my mainline seminary education was typical, very little is taught about Pietism. When I found a dingy copy of Pia Desideria at a used book sale while on vacation a few years after graduation, […]

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Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, reviewed by R. T. Kendall

Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, reviewed by R. T. Kendall

Logic on Fire: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Media Gratiae, 2015). Matthew Robinson, director.  3 disc DVD set with 5 postcard prints and cloth-bound book (128 pages). Logic on Fire is a documentary film about the life and ministry of the greatest preacher of the twentieth century, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981). I […]

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Does Agnes Sanford offer something for Post-Christian Europe?

Does Agnes Sanford offer something for Post-Christian Europe?

I am blessed to share with you about my just released book, Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf and Stock, 2015). Last Wednesday, just after I had received a copy from the publisher, I spent most of the day in prayer of thanksgiving over […]

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Fire From Heaven: an interview with Harvey Cox

Fire From Heaven: an interview with Harvey Cox

John Lathrop interviewed Harvey Cox at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1996 about his book, Fire From Heaven.   What prompted you to write a book about the Pentecostal Movement? Two things prompted me. One was my discovery which came through my great interest in urban ministry. This discovery was that although the […]

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Pentecost and Harvard

Pentecost and Harvard

Pentecost and Harvard. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? If we allow stereotypes to prevail, the two seem to be in direct contradiction to each other. Harvard has a reputation of being a very wealthy school with high academic standards. Pentecostals, on the other hand, at least in the past, were viewed largely as uneducated and from […]

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Richard Bustraan: The Jesus People Movement

Richard Bustraan: The Jesus People Movement

Richard A. Bustraan, The Jesus People Movement: A Story of Spiritual Revolution Among the Hippies (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 238 pages. In Richard Bustraan’s work, The Jesus People Movement, the author aims to describe and trace the Jesus People Movement within Pentecostal historiography. Although this work is a comprehensive research thesis, non-academic readers will be […]

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The Holy Spirit, The Missing Finger: Comparing the Pneumatology of Alexander Campbell and Don Basham

The Holy Spirit, The Missing Finger: Comparing the Pneumatology of Alexander Campbell and Don Basham

  Introduction The purpose of this article is to reveal the initial development of the teaching on the Holy Spirit in the life of Alexander Campbell, founder of the movement named the Disciples of Christ. Campbell’s pneumatology must be placed within the context of American history in the nineteenth century. Beginning with the influence of […]

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Miracles in Church History and Today with Craig Keener

Miracles in Church History and Today with Craig Keener

  Craig S. Keener, author of Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, discusses miracles that have occurred in history as well as recently. This is part 3 of a special lecture series on apologetics given at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the Summer of 2014.    

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Timothy Walsh: To Meet and Satisfy a Very Hungry People

Timothy Walsh: To Meet and Satisfy a Very Hungry People

Timothy B. Walsh, To Meet and Satisfy a Very Hungry People: The Origins and Fortunes of English Pentecostalism, 1907 – 1925 (Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2012), 264 pages. Timothy B. Walsh, Professor of Pentecostal and Evangelical History at Regents Theological College of West Malvern, UK, contributes another volume to the Studies in Evangelical History and […]

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Happy Reformation Day

Happy Reformation Day

  In celebration of the Great Reformation and revival movements throughout Christian history, take a moment today to remind yourself of what God has done in and through his people. Be encouraged and challenged that he is ready and willing to revive his people again by his Spirit.   The Impact of Martin Luther and […]

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A Charismatic Looks at the Birth of Pentecostalism

A Charismatic Looks at the Birth of Pentecostalism

  The grace that Pentecostalism brought to Christendom was to make the use of tongues and the other gifts described by Paul in I Cor. 12 and 14 normal in the life of ordinary Christians.[1] This was something not seen since Apostolic times. Before we examine how tongues came to be normal (or at least […]

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Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries

Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries

  In this five part series, Richard M. Riss presents evidence for the operation of the gifts of the Spirit throughout the Church Age. Part 1 (Fall 1998): From the Early Church to the 3rd Century Part 2 (Winter 1999): 3rd to the 5th Centuries Part 3 (Spring 1999): From the 5th to the 13th […]

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Dony Donev: The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev

Dony Donev: The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev

  Dony K. Donev, The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev: Now with a Special Addition of the (Un)Forgotten Story of the Voronaev Children (Spasen Publishers, 2011), 72 pages, ISBN 1477496939. Dony Donev has provided a rare glimpse into the life of purportedly one of the most influential early Pentecostal church planters in Eastern […]

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