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Samuel Adams: Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea

Samuel Adams: Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea

Samuel L. Adams, Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2014). Adams has written a fine study of the familial, social, occupational, and financial aspects of life in Judea in the period from the sixth century BCE to the first century CE. Each aspect is expertly introduced and discussed in […]

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New Wine Leadership Conference 2016

New Wine Leadership Conference 2016

I have been a part of the New Wine Movement since being persuaded by the curate of the church I was attending back in 2007. I encountered the Holy Spirit in such a powerful way at their week long national summer gathering that I thought I was going to explode. I have returned, every year […]

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Samuel Adams: The Reality of God and Historical Method

Samuel Adams: The Reality of God and Historical Method

Samuel V. Adams, The Reality of God and Historical Method: Apocalyptic Theology in Conversation with N.T. Wright, New Explorations in Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015), 291 pages. In this intriguing book, Samuel Adams tries to figure out what it means to do history about the Bible if we assume that God actually exists. […]

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Language Disconnect: The Implications of Bible Translation upon Gospel Work in Africa

Language Disconnect: The Implications of Bible Translation upon Gospel Work in Africa

Abstract Theological education, even when using indigenous languages, can be uninspiring to African people if its implicit underlying pre-suppositions remain European. Use of European-languages as educational media minimises the likelihood of deep connection with African ways of life, but often has the pragmatic plus of being accompanied by outside funds. A preference for use of […]

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2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies: A Personal Reflection and General Report

2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies: A Personal Reflection and General Report

The 2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies meeting was by far one of the best ever! That was my experience, and it agrees with the input I heard from several colleagues. SPS began in 1970 as an organization of scholars dedicated to providing a discussion forum for all academic disciplines as a spiritual service to the […]

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The 2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies Convention in Review

The 2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies Convention in Review

The 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (2016) was hosted in San Dimas, California at LIFE Pacific College which is associated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The following sessions are only a small sampling of those which occurred over the three days of the meeting. For the Theology Interest […]

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Introducing the Asian Center for Pentecostal Theology

Introducing the Asian Center for Pentecostal Theology

PneumaReview.com editor Raul Mock asked Robert Menzies to tell us about himself and the new Asian Center for Pentecostal Theology (ACPT). I have provided below what I hope might be a useful introduction to the ACPT website and myself, including a blurb on my recent book on speaking in tongues. The Asian Center for Pentecostal […]

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Delio DelRio: Paul and the Synagogue

Delio DelRio: Paul and the Synagogue

Delio DelRio, Paul and the Synagogue: Romans and the Isaiah Targum (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013), 156 pages. This book explores how insights from the field of Targumic studies can help us understand some of Paul’s exegetical moves in Romans. It takes the form of an analysis of Paul’s use of Isaiah. DelRio was […]

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Steven Felix-Jager: Pentecostal Aesthetics

Steven Felix-Jager: Pentecostal Aesthetics

Steven Félix-Jäger, Pentecostal Aesthetics: Theological Reflections in a Pentecostal Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies 16 (Leiden: Brill, 2015) ISBN 9789004285637. Hardly a Christian tradition is more obsessed with the physical and embodied forms of the Christian life than Pentecostalism. The Pentecostal movement manifests a change among contemporary religious traditions in […]

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Alister McGrath: Surprised by Meaning

Alister McGrath: Surprised by Meaning

Alister E. McGrath, Surprised by Meaning: Science, Faith, and How We Make Sense of Things (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 136 pages, ISBN 9780664236922. McGrath’s Surprised by Meaning is a fairly accessible and slender volume that quickly immerses the reader into the ongoing conversation between radical atheism, science, and Christianity, centering on the […]

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Ann Christie: Ordinary Christology

Ann Christie: Ordinary Christology

Ann Christie, Ordinary Christology: Who Do You Say I Am? Answers From The Pews (Ashgate, 2012), 224 pages, ISBN 9781409425359. In Matthew 16:16 Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter gave a direct answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This response remained the traditional answer […]

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Introducing the Africanus Journal

Introducing the Africanus Journal

Introducing an important journal to challenge you to think deeply and see the world with kingdom eyes.   The Africanus Journal is an academic, multilingual journal published by the Africanus Guild at the Boston Campus of Gordon-Conwell, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). The Journal features faculty, students, alumni and friends of the Guild […]

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Samuel Waje Kunhiyop: African Christian Theology

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop: African Christian Theology

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, African Christian Theology (Hippo Books/Zondervan, 2012), 250 pages, ISBN 9789966003164. Theology as a reflection on God and his creatures is eternal, but some of the questions we ask and our discourse about God are rooted in our experiences, cultural beliefs and worldview. Therefore our understanding of theology is also rooted in our […]

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Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Christ and Reconciliation

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Christ and Reconciliation

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Christ and Reconciliation, A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World series, Vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2013), 467 pages, ISBN 9780802868534. Kärkkäinen, professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and a docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, applies both disciplines to great effect in this […]

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