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Tony Lane: A Concise History of Christian Thought

Tony Lane: A Concise History of Christian Thought

  Tony Lane, A Concise History of Christian Thought, Revised Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006), 336 pages, ISBN 9780801031595. At least one book on the history of Christian thought belongs in every Christian library. If you have more, this concise history should be the one closest to the desk. Tony Lane, Professor of Historical […]

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Rick Nanez: Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?

Rick Nanez: Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?

  Rick M. Nañez, Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?: A Call to Use God’s Gift of the Intellect (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2005), 235 pages. This book is a first of its kind. While others have tackled the issue of intellectual laxity among evangelicals as a whole, Nañez, an Assemblies of God missionary, is […]

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Tim Morris and Don Petcher: Science and Grace

Tim Morris and Don Petcher: Science and Grace

  Tim Morris and Don Petcher, Science & Grace: God’s Reign in the Natural Sciences (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006), 352 pages, ISBN 9781581345490. Morris (PhD in cellular and molecular biology) and Petcher (PhD in elementary particle physics) originally hoped to write a book about a theology of science for an explicitly Evangelical audience that had […]

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The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views

The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views

  James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy, eds. The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2006), 208 pages. The appropriately titled The Nature of the Atonement attempts to shed light on the complicated character of this biblical principle by presenting and critiquing four dominant theological constructions that have attempted to encapsulate […]

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Alister McGrath: Christian Theology

Alister McGrath: Christian Theology

  Alister E. McGrath, Christian Theology: An Introduction,third edition (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2001), 616 pages. Alister E. McGrath, The Christian Theology Reader,second edition (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2001), 707 pages. Alister McGrath, the Anglican Evangelical scholar who is based in Oxford University, is a prodigious author with an encyclopedic mind. He is well placed, […]

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Roland Chia: Hope for the World

Roland Chia: Hope for the World

  Roland Chia, Hope for the World: A Christian Vision of the Last Things,Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective Series; series editor David Smith, consulting editor John Stott (Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2005), 164 pages. Roland Chia has written a clear and concise alternative to an all-too-common array of eschatological texts ranging from watered down and […]

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Veli-Matti Karkkainen: An Introduction to Theology of Religions

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: An Introduction to Theology of Religions

  Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, An Introduction to Theology of Religions: Biblical, Historical, & Contemporary Perspectives (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 372 pages. In a world where wars are waged over disagreements between world religions, widespread ignorance and indifference regarding theology of religions is an astounding and inexcusable reality. In this book Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen takes a bold […]

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Alister McGrath: The Science of God

Alister McGrath: The Science of God

  Alister E. McGrath, The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004), 271 pages. Alister E. McGrath personifies an eclectic and exciting combination of interests and abilities. Professor of theology at Oxford University and principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, he is also director of the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on […]

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Tongues and Brain Activity

Tongues and Brain Activity

“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Cor 14:14, NKJV) The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has made a “fascinating” discovery: Brain Activity declines as subjects speak in tongues. This research appeared in the November 2006 issue of the journal Psychiatry Research: Nueroimaging. “Our brain […]

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Christopher Partridge: Introduction to World Religions

Christopher Partridge: Introduction to World Religions

  Christopher Partridge, General Editor, Introduction to World Religions, (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005), 495 pages. Here is a great introductory overview of the major religions of the world that will be an invaluable resource for scholars, clergy, interested laity, and just about anyone seeking accessible, understandable information regarding the rich religious diversity of humanity. An update […]

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On Fire and Up to Date

On Fire and Up to Date

  An extended review of Amos Yong, The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology (Baker Academic, 2005). Reviewed by Tony Richie. Read the shorter review in the Winter 2007 issue.   The oft overused term “instant classic” is, of course, an oxymoron. To become a true classic takes […]

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Power from on High to Bear the Fruits of the Spirit

Power from on High to Bear the Fruits of the Spirit

  A Review of Amos Yong’s The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentecostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology by Pastor Rony Reyes.   Amos Yong is an adroit theologian and a role model for young Pentecostal theologians in the twenty-first century. As Pentecostals seek to define their identity, Yong describes a Pentecostal theology […]

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Hans Boersma: Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross

Hans Boersma: Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross

Hans Boersma, Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004), 288 pages. Hans Boersma takes a serious look at the traditional theories of atonement and investigates the role of violence in Christ’s saving work. To speak of violence in the context of God’s work of salvation is both obvious […]

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A question about Reincarnation

A question about Reincarnation

  My name is Rolf and I’m from Canoas, Brazil. I’m from a Partners in Harvest fellowship: www.comunidadevinde.com.br My personal ministry is with teaching. I was searching for articles about inner healing and I found that William De Arteaga, author of Quenching the Spirit (which I have) believes (or believed) in reincarnation (he wrote a […]

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