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Pneuma Review Fall 2008

Pneuma Review Fall 2008

  The Fall 2008 (Volume 11, Number 4) issue of The Pneuma Review.

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A Social Anthropologist's Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 1

A Social Anthropologist’s Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 1

  How do doctors respond to claims of healing? Are there any lasting social effects when people experience divine healing?   What kinds of healings are associated with contemporary Christian healing ministries, conferences for training Christians in praying for healing, and such ministry in many evangelical churches? How do medical doctors perceive the healings? How […]

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Fall 2008: Suggested Reading

Fall 2008: Suggested Reading

    Suggestions and Comments from Readers   Reader T.S. writes: I thought this critique of postmodern thinking on today’s college campuses was insightful: “The postmodern idolatry is that all spiritual ways of life lead to the same place. Any local truth is a valid truth. In the postmodern mind, they’re all paths to being […]

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Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Story of Zacchaeus

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Story of Zacchaeus

  The power of personal faith in Christ changing people and society around them. A study in Luke 19:1-10 by James D. Hernando.     The story of Zacchaeus is one of the most intriguing in Luke’s gospel—a literary masterpiece filled with vivid imagery, drama, and biting irony. It is the story of the conversion […]

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Pentecostals Needed: New NCC Director Partners with Pentecostals

Pentecostals Needed: New NCC Director Partners with Pentecostals

  Explanatory Note: Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, a Greek Orthodox theologian, formerly Associate General Secretary for International Affairs and Peace at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, was recently (January 1, 2008) appointed Senior Program Director for Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations at the NCC. The following is an exclusive […]

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The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, revised and expanded edition (New York: Oxford, 2007), 316 pages, ISBN 9780195183078. Philip Jenkins’ award winning study of developments in Christianity outside of the Western hemisphere should be riveting reading for anyone interested in the future of Christianity and of Christian ministry. It particularly informs […]

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The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition

The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition

Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd, The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 479 pages, ISBN 9780801031144. Paul Rhodes Eddy (Ph.D. Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University, and Gregory A. Boyd (Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary) is the […]

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Terry L. Cross: Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life

Terry L. Cross: Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life

Terry L. Cross, Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life (Cleveland, TN: Lee University Press, 2007), 164 pages, ISBN 9781596843301. The author’s stated purpose is “expanding the definition of calling” (p. 6) as understood in traditional Pentecostal theology and to “show that a theology of calling […]

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A Woman’s Place: House Churches in the Earliest Christianity

A Woman’s Place: House Churches in the Earliest Christianity

Carolyn Osiek and Margaret Y. MacDonald with Janet M. Tulloch, A Woman’s Place: House Churches in the Earliest Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005), vi+ 345 pages, ISBN 9780800637774. Carolyn Osiek, Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, and Margaret Y. MacDonald, Professor of Religious Studies at St. Francis […]

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The Problem of Suffering: A Response from 1 Peter

The Problem of Suffering: A Response from 1 Peter

  Rebecca Skaggs with Thomas Doyle lead us into a biblical and thoughtful look at the reality of suffering.   The Issue Why is there suffering in the world? Further, why does it appear that often “good” people suffer when the “wicked” often thrive? Where is God when people suffer individually and collectively? For centuries, […]

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The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power Of The Bible To Change Any Country

The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power Of The Bible To Change Any Country

  Loren Cunningham with Janice Rogers, The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power Of The Bible To Change Any Country (Seattle: YWAM Publishing, 2007), 252 pages, ISBN 1576583813. Loren Cunningham is a man with a passion and a man with a mission to reach the nations; he is the founder of Youth With A Mission […]

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The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South

The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South

Philip Jenkins, The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). x + 252 pages, ISBN 0195300653. Philip Jenkins, God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe’s Religious Crisis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). ix + 340 pages, ISBN 0195313956. The two books under review are part of what […]

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Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church

Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church

Martin Robinson & Dwight Smith, Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church (Grand Rapids: Monarch Books, 2003), 221 pages, ISBN 9780825460500. This book assesses the crisis of the Western church and proposes strategies for recovering the missional character of the church. According to Robinson and Smith, the mission of the church in the apostolic period […]

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Bridges To People: Communicating Jesus to People and Growing Missional Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World

Bridges To People: Communicating Jesus to People and Growing Missional Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World

  Sean S. O’Neal, Bridges To People: Communicating Jesus to People and Growing Missional Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World (Xulon Press, 2007), 288 pages, ISBN 9781602662681. My longtime friend, mentor and colleague, Sean O’Neal, who serves as the Director of Evangelism and Youth Ministries for the Church of God California/Nevada State Executive Office, has published […]

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