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Full Circle with Compassion

Full Circle with Compassion

Anita Charles has a powerful story to tell about how God used a couple in Oregon to help rescue her from childhood poverty in India, through Compassion International, to become a Jesus-follower ministering around the world. Now, after nearly 50 years of life-changing ministry to millions of children, the government of India is forcing Compassion […]

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Which Way the Trolley: America’s Hot Wars During the Cold War, Part 2

Which Way the Trolley: America’s Hot Wars During the Cold War, Part 2

  In Part 2 of “Which Way the Trolley: America’s Hot Wars During the Cold War,” William De Arteaga continues to challenge assumptions and asks if the Korean and Vietnam Wars could have been Just Wars.     The Indochina Wars The First Indochina war (1946-1954) began right after the end of WWII as the […]

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Peter Cartwright and the Circuit Riders: A Sustained Revival

Peter Cartwright and the Circuit Riders: A Sustained Revival

Introduction In a town called Rogues’ Harbor, because of its many rogues and outlaws, Peter Cartwright found salvation from a life of debauchery. He experienced conviction of sin and redemption during the Kentucky Revival in the early 1800s. The revival itself faded due to infighting and influence from outside groups such as the Quakers, but […]

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Which Way the Trolley: America’s Hot Wars During the Cold War, Part 1

Which Way the Trolley: America’s Hot Wars During the Cold War, Part 1

  Introduction This article is a spiritual and historical reflection on the two American wars of the Cold War, Korea and Vietnam. Many younger American readers may not be aware that the British successfully fought a Communist insurgency in Malaya (1948-1960) and the French fought the First Indochina War against Communist insurgents from 1948-1953 (described below) […]

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Revival in Papua

Revival in Papua

It all started when my friend and I were longing to do something that can bring about changes in Papua. There are many ideas but there are many challenges and political issues that we must consider as well. Before I go any further, I would like explain little bit about the background of Papua, Indonesia. […]

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Estrelda Alexander: Black Fire Reader

Estrelda Alexander: Black Fire Reader

Estrelda Y. Alexander, Black Fire Reader: A Documentary Resource on African American Pentecostalism (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013), xvi + 242 pages, ISBN 9781608995622. This is an anthology of primary source documents that examine the contributions of African Americans in the expansion of the modern-day Pentecostal movement. Reflected in their doctrine, songs, and liturgies, the […]

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Celebrating the Reformation

Celebrating the Reformation

Happy 499th Reformation Day. Celebrate Spirit-led renewal and awakening by reading and reflecting on what God has done in and through his people throughout history.   Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses When the “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” was nailed to the door of the castle church at Wittenberg, Germany […]

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The Gospel in History series

The Gospel in History series

The Gospel in History series by Christian Historian Woodrow Walton How has God worked through his people to keep and spread the true good news about Jesus Christ despite global-scale opposition? The Gospel in Late Antiquity The Ghost Of Alexander Severus: Third Century Religious Pluralism as a Foretaste of Postmodernity Has Christianity ever found itself […]

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New Threats to the Gospel After Suppression and Expansion

New Threats to the Gospel After Suppression and Expansion

Reappraising the Christian Faith During Late Antiquity: AD 175-400. Christian historian, Woodrow Walton, invites us to take another look at the early church and the struggles it faced as it emerged from the Apostolic Age and became the state religion of the crumbling Roman Empire. Part of The Gospel in History series.   What is […]

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Roger Olson: The Mosaic of Christian Belief

Roger Olson: The Mosaic of Christian Belief

Roger E. Olson, The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity and Diversity, Second Edition (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016), 396 pages. Roger Olson was raised Pentecostal and now writes as an evangelical within the Baptist tradition. Although Baptist, he is neither a fundamentalist nor a Calvinist. Rather, he is one of the […]

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Pioneer Women of Pentecostal Revivals

Pioneer Women of Pentecostal Revivals

Leah Payne speaks with PneumaReview.com about her book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism.   PneumaReview.com: For your book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism, why did you concentrate on the ministry of two revivalists? Leah Payne: I wanted to explore how gender (as well as race and class) shaped Pentecostal Revivalism over time, so I chose revivalists who […]

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The Charismatic Renewal

The Charismatic Renewal

  Historian William De Arteaga introduces us to the beginning and early years of the Charismatic Movement, when Pentecostalism and the gifts of the Spirit publicly and dramatically entered into the mainline churches.   Previous articles in this series covered the origins of Pentecostalism, and the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International. Both groups played […]

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Mark Noll: Turning Points

Mark Noll: Turning Points

Mark A. Noll, Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, 3rd Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012), 356 pages. Mark Noll is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. He has taken up the challenge of constructing a “Church history” textbook for undergraduate college students in order to compress the most vital […]

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Gary Wilkerson: David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed

Gary Wilkerson: David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed

Gary Wilkerson, with R.S.B. Sawyer, David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014), ISBN 9780310326274 David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed is an honest and candor assessment written by the son of David Wilkerson (founder of Teen Challenge and personality behind the famed story […]

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