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Claiming Inheritance or Dying to Self: Theology of Glory or Theology of the Cross?

Claiming Inheritance or Dying to Self: Theology of Glory or Theology of the Cross?

  This chapter is from Paul L. King’s book Only Believe: Examining the Origins and Development of Classic and Contemporary Word of Faith Theologies.   Several years ago I read St. John of the Cross on mortification of self and at the same time read Robert Schuller on self-esteem. I learned from both, even though […]

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Vinson Synan: An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit

Vinson Synan: An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit

Vinson Synan, An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010), 224 pages, ISBN 9780800794859. Vinson Synan, historian, professor, and dean emeritus of the School of Divinity at Regent University, skillfully blends his memoirs with Pentecostal Church history, reflecting on his previous books while integrating his first-hand experience of the events. […]

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P. W. Baker: Doomed Edifice

P. W. Baker: Doomed Edifice

  P. W. Baker, Doomed Edifice: The Eclipse of the Prophetic Ministry and the Spiritual Captivity of the Church (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010), 137 pages, ISBN 9781608990405. Doomed Edifice is a brief historical survey of the first three centuries of ecclesial organizational and worship practices which seek to trace the development of the […]

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Stephen Nichols: The Reformation

Stephen Nichols: The Reformation

  Stephen J. Nichols, The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007), 159 pages, ISBN 9781581348293. Stephen J. Nichols has written a book on church history that is interesting, informative, and entertaining. The book is titled, The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World. According […]

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Theological Roots of the Word of Faith Movement: New Thought Metaphysics or Classic Faith Movements?

Theological Roots of the Word of Faith Movement: New Thought Metaphysics or Classic Faith Movements?

  Historian Paul King introduces us to the origins of the controversial Word of Faith movement.   A spate of articles and books have appeared over the past two decades debating the controversial teachings of the “Word of Faith” movement. Several blistering critiques such as those of D.R. McConnell (A Different Gospel) and Hank Hanegraaff […]

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Amanda Porterfield: Healing in the History of Christianity

Amanda Porterfield: Healing in the History of Christianity

  Amanda Porterfield, Healing in the History of Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2005), 218 pages, ISBN 0195157184. Healing has played an important role throughout the history of Christianity, according to Amanda Porterfield. In her new book, Healing in the History of Christianity, she traces the belief in healing back to the ministry of Christ and […]

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Marvin Olasky: The Tragedy of American Compassion

Marvin Olasky: The Tragedy of American Compassion

  Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008), 299 pages, ISBN 9781433501104. Under review is the second unrevised edition of The Tragedy of American Compassion originally published in 1992. There is good reason for a second unrevised edition. The circumstances described by Olasky in this history of social work and […]

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Jonathan Phillips: Holy Warriors; Philip Jenkins: The Lost History of Christianity

Jonathan Phillips: Holy Warriors; Philip Jenkins: The Lost History of Christianity

  Jonathan Phillips, Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (London: The Bodley Head, Random House, 2009), 424 pages, ISBN 9780224079372. Philip Jenkins. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa and Asia—and How It Died (New York: HarperOne, 2008), 315 pages, ISBN 9780061472800. […]

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I Remember Oral Roberts

I Remember Oral Roberts

  The death of Oral Roberts early in 2010 was quickly followed by many articles and stories that were published in Christian and other periodicals. I knew Mr. Roberts only briefly, but during that short period, he taught me several things which are worth passing on. I heard of Roberts shortly after I was saved […]

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Dave Johnson: Led By The Spirit

Dave Johnson: Led By The Spirit

Dave Johnson, Led By The Spirit: The History of the American Assemblies of God Missionaries in the Philippines (Pasig City, Philippines: ICI Ministries, 2009), 676 pages, ISBN 9789715033145. Over twenty years ago Gary B. McGee wrote a comprehensive survey of Assemblies of God (AG) missions, “This Gospel Shall Be Preached.” In it he called for […]

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Cautious Co-belligerence? The Late Nineteenth-Century American Divine Healing Movement and the Promise of Medical Science

Cautious Co-belligerence? The Late Nineteenth-Century American Divine Healing Movement and the Promise of Medical Science

  In the days of Pasteur and Lister, was the Divine Healing movement out of touch with what American society believed about medicine?   Introduction The late nineteenth century was a time of monumental change. It witnessed a cyclone of transformation and progress rivaling, at least, that of any preceding era. Not surprisingly, it was […]

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Dieter Ising: Johann Christoph Blumhardt

Dieter Ising: Johann Christoph Blumhardt

  Dieter Ising, Johann Christoph Blumhardt, Life and Work: A New Biography (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009), 491 pages, ISBN 9781606085394. Ising’s scholarship makes the ministries, German-language correspondences, and theological contributions of Johann Christoph Blumhardt accessible to the non-academic English reader. In regard to twenty-first century pastoral ministry, Blumhardt’s nineteenth century experiences become a […]

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William Tabbernee: Prophets and Gravestones

William Tabbernee: Prophets and Gravestones

  William Tabbernee, Prophets and Gravestones: An Imaginative History of Montanists and Other Early Christians (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009), 385 pages, ISBN 9781565639379. The Montanists were an important early Christian movement that began in Asia Minor during the late second century. They were essentially a charismatic upstart group, headquartered in the towns of Pepuza and Tymion, […]

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Michael Wilkinson: Canadian Pentecostalism

Michael Wilkinson: Canadian Pentecostalism

  Michael Wilkinson, ed., Canadian Pentecostalism: Transition and Transformation (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), 308 pages, ISBN 978077355. Canada is probably not the first place that comes to mind when we speak of Pentecostalism. One of the most significant transformations in twentieth-century Christianity, the emergence and development of Pentecostalism is typically more closely […]

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