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Merold Westphal: Whose Community? Which Interpretation?

Merold Westphal: Whose Community? Which Interpretation?

Merold Westphal, Whose Community? Which Interpretation?: Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church, The Church and Postmodern Culture Series (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009) , 160 pages, ISBN 9780801031472. At last! A reliable and accessible book on philosophical hermeneutics for pastors, seminarians, and Christians, who may know little about the philosophy of interpretation. Merold Westphal is a […]

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Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, reviewed by Bradford McCall

Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, reviewed by Bradford McCall

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, and Michael J. Sleasman, eds. Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 287 pages. It is well established that knowledge without application is fruitless. Additionally, it is well understood that one can know of a subject, but not really know it. […]

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Why Study Theology with William Kay

Why Study Theology with William Kay

Dr. William K Kay offered a brief 10 minute interview concerning the question, “Why study theology?” He addresses this question as an unabashed Pentecostal scholar of Pentecostalism and offers some helpful trajectories for conceiving of the reason to study theology. From the University of Nottingham: Professor William Kay, one of the world’s leading Pentecostal theologians, […]

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Sammy Alfaro: Divino Companero

Sammy Alfaro: Divino Companero

Sammy Alfaro, Divino Compañero: Towards a Hispanic Pentecostal Christology, Princeton Theological Monograph Series 147 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010), 164 pages, ISBN  9781606086995. ‘Divine Companion’ is an insightful and innovative exploration of ways of approaching both Christology and an understanding of the Spirit at work in our lives. The published version of a PhD thesis, […]

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Jacqueline Grey: Three's a Crowd

Jacqueline Grey: Three’s a Crowd

Jacqueline Grey, Three’s a Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics, and the Old Testament (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011). In this book, Jacqueline Grey makes the case for applying a distinctive Pentecostal hermeneutic to the Old Testament. The hermeneutic in question is one that (she says) had been applied successfully to the New Testament by others, but previously had […]

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Writing Projects by Craig Keener

Writing Projects by Craig Keener

Editor’s note: After passing along an invitation to speak at an upcoming conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I asked Dr. Craig S. Keener about his current writing projects. – Raul Mock In terms of things regularly coming out, there’s my blogsite, although I don’t produce blogs as fast as many people do! In terms of books, […]

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Honoring Pentecostal Theologian Gordon Fee

Honoring Pentecostal Theologian Gordon Fee

The Society for Pentecostal Studies held a special session to honor the life and work of Dr. Gordon Fee in November 2014 as a part of the joint American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings held in San Diego, California. See “The Legacy of a Pentecostal Theological Educator: Gordon Fee” […]

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Mel Robeck and Amos Yong: The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism

Mel Robeck and Amos Yong: The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism

Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., and Amos Yong, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014), xiii + 340 pages, ISBN 9780521188388. The serious scholar of Pentecostalism recognizes the incredible complexity of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity. The numerical and geographical explosion of Pentecostals continues to produce an ever-diversifying movement that proves both challenging and […]

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The Pentecostal Educator, an Interview with Rick Wadholm

The Pentecostal Educator, an Interview with Rick Wadholm

Rick Wadholm Jr. speaks with PneumaReview.com about a new online academic journal, The Pentecostal Educator.   PneumaReview.com: Introduce us to The Pentecostal Educator and tell us what you want the journal to accomplish. Rick Wadholm Jr.: The Pentecostal Educator is an e-journal biannually publishing scholarly and practical articles related to theological education within the Pentecostal […]

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David Hoekema: Missions and Modernity in Colonial Africa

David Hoekema: Missions and Modernity in Colonial Africa

  David Hoekema, “Missions and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Most of what you think you know is wrong” Books & Culture (September/October 2014), pages 32-33. Hoekema’s short article considers the role of 19th Century missionaries to Africa, especially West Africa. Missionaries were good, but colonialists were bad, is in a nutshell his conclusion. Missionary-style subordination […]

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Jonathan Pennington: Reading the Gospels Wisely

Jonathan Pennington: Reading the Gospels Wisely

Jonathan T. Pennington, Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012), 268 pages. Employing a narrative-theological approach to understand the Gospels, Pennington uses lively prose but maintains a rigorous scholarship governed by a great respect for Scripture. Pennington writes in the same historical and theological hues of Martin Hengel and […]

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Amos Yong: Spirit of Love

Amos Yong: Spirit of Love

Amos Yong, Spirit of Love: A Trinitarian Theology of Grace (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012), vii-xv + 246 pages. Amos Yong (Ph.D. Boston University) is Professor of Theology and Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Whereas in the past, we have seen Yong cover […]

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D. Stephen Long: Saving Karl Barth

D. Stephen Long: Saving Karl Barth

  Stephen Long, Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014), 272 pages, ISBN 1451470142 Stephen D. Long, professor of systematic theology at Marquette University, presents a remarkable rendering of the long ecumenical discussion and theological friendship between Hans Urs von Balthasar and Karl Barth. While Balthasar received significant backlash for […]

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Craig Keener on Anti-supernaturalism and Cessationism

Craig Keener on Anti-supernaturalism and Cessationism

  “Is [Craig S. Keener] seriously suggesting that there is a cause and effect relationship between German anti-supernaturalism and cessationism?” — From comments on Craig Keener’s review of John MacArthur, Strange Fire It’s not cause-and-effect, though there is a relationship. Antisupernaturalism may have made it easier for hard cessationism to flourish and harder for continuationism […]

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