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Introducing Spirit-Empowered Christianity

Introducing Spirit-Empowered Christianity

Todd M. Johnson and Gina A. Zurlo, Introducing Spirit-Empowered Christianity: The Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century (Tulsa, OK: ORU Press, 2020), 222 pages, ISBN 9781950971046.   The review is based on a special edition of the book that was released to Oral Roberts University students. A printed version is being prepared for […]

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Canadian Pentecostal Reader: The First Generation of Pentecostal Voices in Canada

Canadian Pentecostal Reader: The First Generation of Pentecostal Voices in Canada

Martin W. Mittelstadt and Caleb Howard Courtney, Canadian Pentecostal Reader: The First Generation of Pentecostal Voices in Canada (1907-1925) (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, c2021), xii + 507 pages. The authors of a Canadian Pentecostal Reader are to be commended for such an exemplary, seminal, and significant reference research resource. The heart and core of this […]

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A Pentecostal Response to Buddhism

A Pentecostal Response to Buddhism

The Buddhist world of approximately 1.3 billion people presents a formidable barrier to the gospel, a barrier that Christians have had limited success in penetrating. The August 2021 edition (Volume 24, Number 2) of the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies looks at a number of critical issues and I want to encourage you to take a […]

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Matthew King: I Will Abolish The Bow

Matthew King: I Will Abolish The Bow

Matthew A. King, I Will Abolish The Bow: Christianity, Personhood, and the End of Animal Exploitation (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2021), ix-131 pages, ISBN 9781666700275. Matthew A. King is the cofounder and president of the Christian Animal Rights Association, an organization dedicated to ending animal cruelty and exploitation. King believes that Christianity’s historic support […]

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Defending Apologetics: a review

Defending Apologetics: a review

Why does God use fallen, broken people to speak for him? A review essay by Timothy T. N. Lim about Os Guinness’ 2015 book, Fool’s Talk, and how followers of Jesus can and should talk about God in the public square. Introduction How can the vocation and the craft of Christian apologists be reclaimed after decades […]

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God, Nimrod, and the World: Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting

God, Nimrod, and the World: Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting

Bracy V. Hill, II, and John B. White, God, Nimrod, and the World: Exploring Christian Perspectives on Sport Hunting (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2017), ix-431 pages with index. In our urban-dominated landscape, hunting, particularly sport hunting, has increasingly been viewed as a remnant of a barbaric era that is no longer needed and should […]

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Pursuing the glory and goodness

Pursuing the glory and goodness

This paper on the transforming power of the story of Jesus was presented by James Purves as a guest lecture on April 9, 2003, at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. The full title was “Pursuing the glory and goodness: Christomorphism: Where neopentecostal and anabaptist meet?”   Introduction The approach here offered is dogmatic […]

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Daniela Augustine: The Spirit and the Common Good

Daniela Augustine: The Spirit and the Common Good

Daniela C. Augustine, The Spirit and the Common Good: Shared Flourishing in the Image of God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019), 272 pages, ISBN 9780802843852. It is easy to agree that human beings are created in the image of God. More debate may arise if we widen the idea to say that humankind as a whole—humanity […]

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Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Hope and Community

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Hope and Community

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Hope and Community: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, Vol. 5. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Press, 2017), x-574 pages with indices. Hope and Community constitutes the fifth and final of the planned volumes for Kärkkäinen’s opus, A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World. Constructive theology is different from […]

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The worrying impact of COVID-19 on religious minorities around the world

The worrying impact of COVID-19 on religious minorities around the world

With the emergence of the COVID-19 crisis, a noticeable rise in authoritarianism has resulted in increased repression of religious minorities around the world. From discrimination, hate speech, disinformation, to scapegoating of religious minorities for the spread of the virus—the pandemic has had a telling impact on minority faith communities. Physical distancing measures introduced globally has also meant […]

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Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Spirit and Salvation

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Spirit and Salvation

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Spirit and Salvation: A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, Vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2016), xi-498 pages, ISBN 9780802868565. As a constructive theologian, Kärkkäinen works to create a coherent explanation of religious belief (in this case Christian) by honest engagement with a variety of voices, including Christian (i.e. […]

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Cletus Hull: The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church

Cletus Hull: The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church

Cletus L. Hull, III, The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church: Grounding Pneumatic Experiences and Renewal Studies in the Cross of Christ (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2018), pages x + 183, ISBN 9781532639258. Cletus Hull provides an exegetical engagement with Paul’s Christology and Pneumatology from the […]

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Asian Theological Issues in Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies: Vol 22 No 2

Asian Theological Issues in Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies: Vol 22 No 2

Introduction to the latest issue of AJPS, 22:2, from Dave Johnson. In this issue of the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies we are pursuing a more general theme called Theological Issues in Asia. While a multitude of issues could be chosen, our intent here is to allow the various authors to define the issues for the contexts […]

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Reading St. Luke’s Text and Theology: Pentecostal Voices

Reading St. Luke’s Text and Theology: Pentecostal Voices

Riku P. Tuppurainen, ed., Reading St. Luke’s Text and Theology: Pentecostal Voices (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2019), xxxiii + 316 pages. The editor of this book, Dr. Riku P. Tuppurainen, Dean of Graduate Studies of Summit Pacific College in Abbotsford, BC (xii), has skillfully assembled a festschrift of “Essays in Honor of Professor Roger Stronstad” […]

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