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Ian McFarland: From Nothing

Ian McFarland: From Nothing

Ian McFarland, From Nothing: A Theology of Creation (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014), 212 pages. In the recent work, From Nothing: A Theology of Creation, Ian McFarland aims to defend and develop the classic doctrine of creation ex nihilo by arguing that the doctrine of creation from nothing is best understood in a Trinitarian framework. The […]

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Jim Croft: Charismatic Superstitions and Misconceptions

Jim Croft: Charismatic Superstitions and Misconceptions

Jim Croft, Charismatic Superstitions & Misconceptions (Mobile, AL: Evergreen Press, 2001), 115 + xi pages, ISBN 9781581690583. A valuable insight into a book can often be gained through reading the introduction, where you may find the author’s original purpose and mindset for putting pen to paper (or, in the twenty-first century, fingers to keyboard). This […]

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Carl Raschke: GloboChrist

Carl Raschke: GloboChrist

Carl Raschke, GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008), 175 pages. Raschke adds another voice to the conversation on postmodernity and the church, which draws the reader deeper, demonstrating and attempting to comprehend the furthering complexity of the postmodern worldview. There is no simple or simplistic definition. Ironically, Raschke posits […]

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Holiness in African Perspective

Holiness in African Perspective

Missionary-scholar Jim Harries discusses the difference between the biblical categories of clean and unclean, holy and common. He argues that neither Africa or the West have a correct understanding of these concepts.   A story about man whose neighbours describe as a good Christian. The man was a passenger on a bus. He went to […]

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The Many Faces of Global Pentecostalism

The Many Faces of Global Pentecostalism

Harold D. Hunter and Neil Ormerod, eds. The Many Faces of Global Pentecostalism (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2013). There are two things every Pentecostal, and everyone interested in Pentecostalism, should learn from the outset: (1) Pentecostalism is global, and (2) the global Pentecostal movement has many faces. These two aspects form the premise for the […]

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Frank Viola: From Eternity to Here

Frank Viola: From Eternity to Here

A Review and Reflection by Dony Donev. Frank Viola, From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God (David C. Cook, 2009), 320 pages, ISBN 9781434768704. In times of postmodernism, when metanarratives, and especially Biblical metanarratives, are being deconstructed and questioned by just about every secular movement, there has been a consistent attempt to […]

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The theology and influence of Karl Barth: an interview with Terry Cross

The theology and influence of Karl Barth: an interview with Terry Cross

Karl Barth was an influential Swiss Reformed theologian that lived from 1886 to 1968. Featured on postage stamps and the cover of Time (April 20, 1962), today we would call him a rock star among theologians. A strong critic of those Christians who supported the Nazis, Barth is best known for his involvement in the […]

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Paul Pomerville: The New Testament Case Against Christian Zionism

Paul Pomerville: The New Testament Case Against Christian Zionism

Paul A. Pomerville, The New Testament Case Against Christian Zionism: A Christian View of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Seattle: CreateSpace, 2014), 484 pages. Paul Pomerville has produced an uncompromising argument against Christian Zionism. Drawing upon his extensive experience in police work, he detects a gap in the collection of evidence in the literature on Christian Zionism. […]

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What is Salvation?

What is Salvation?

What does the Bible mean when it talks about salvation? Scholar Jon Ruthven shares some “hasty, preliminary notes” as he works through this important question and asks for your feedback. In response to a query from a friend, I am working through what “salvation” means. Certainly, in traditional Christian theology, “salvation” means being forgiven of […]

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Denis Alexander and Robert White: Science, Faith, and Ethics

Denis Alexander and Robert White: Science, Faith, and Ethics

Denis Alexander and Robert S. White, Science, Faith, And Ethics: Grid or Gridlock? (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006), xii + 190 pages, ISBN 9781598560183. Molecular biologist Denis Alexander and geophysicist Robert White are committed to both their Christian faith and their scientific fields, which is a characteristic to be emulated by both sides. Since they affirm […]

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International Society of Biblical Literature meeting 2015

International Society of Biblical Literature meeting 2015

Pastor Cletus Hull tells us about the International Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am back from my trip to Argentina and I had a great experience. The Meeting was held from July 19-26, 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   The paper was titled “The Pneumatology of Paul in 1 Corinthians […]

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The Preeminence of Life: Towards an African Christian Cosmology in Intercultural Context

The Preeminence of Life: Towards an African Christian Cosmology in Intercultural Context

A fresh look at how emphasizing full life can transform how we do mission. Without life all else that may be considered of value is nothing. African people are not easily convinced of the hegemony of science that seems to sideline life itself. Once undermined, the rather groundless assumption that life only exists in a […]

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Doing Business in Africa: How Culture Changes How We Work Together

Doing Business in Africa: How Culture Changes How We Work Together

If we want to break the dependency cycle, we must better understand the cultural context where we want to do business and ministry.   Abstract Failure to take insufficient cognisance of local contexts leads to outsiders’ encouraging business in Africa resulting in a trail of dependency. Pertinent differences between African and Western contexts addressed in […]

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Reflections on God's Missiological Purpose at Babel

Reflections on God’s Missiological Purpose at Babel

“At Pentecost an alternative to the imperial unity of Babel is created … Whereas the tower seeks to make people ‘not see’ and ‘not speak’ and sucks the energies out of the margins in order to stabilize and aggrandize the center, the Spirit pours energies into the margins, opens the eyes of small people to […]

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