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Jens Zimmermann: Incarnational Humanism

Jens Zimmermann: Incarnational Humanism

  Jens Zimmermann, Incarnational Humanism: A Philosophy of Culture for the Church in the World, Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology(Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2012), 357 pages, ISBN 9780830839032. Trinity Western University (Langley, British Columbia) Canadian research chair of Interpretation, Religion and Culture, Jens Zimmermann, argues that mainstream discourses on humanism are grounded in the […]

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Introducing Gary Shogren

Introducing Gary Shogren

  Gary Shogren is a New Testament scholar you should read and get to know about if you are interested in a biblical defense of the continuation of the gifts of the Spirit. Dr. Shogren has been a professor of New Testament for more than twenty years, teaching in the USA and now in Costa […]

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The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship

The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship

  Wolfgang Vondey and Martin William Mittelstadt, eds., The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship: Passion for the Spirit, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies 14 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), vi + 270 pages. Amos Yong has contributed an amazing amount to Pentecostal theology. In fact, it is hard to understand how […]

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Bruce McCormack: Orthodox and Modern

Bruce McCormack: Orthodox and Modern

  Bruce L. McCormack, Orthodox and Modern: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008). Bruce McCormack is the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. He instantly became one of the world’s leading interpreters of Karl Barth’s thought with the publication of Karl Barth’s […]

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Wolfgang Vondey: The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life

Wolfgang Vondey: The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life

  Wolfgang Vondey, ed., The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life: Historical, Interdisciplinary, and Renewal Perspectives, Christianity and Renewal – Interdisciplinary Studies 1 (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), v + 240 pages. Wolfgang Vondey is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Center for Renewal Studies at Regent University. He has authored […]

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Who Speaks for Whom? Why? When?

Who Speaks for Whom? Why? When?

  A challenge to church leaders about social justice, a guest article about Hariette Beecher Stowe and William Wells Brown. Even though William Wells Brown and Harriet Beecher Stowe speak from widely divergent backgrounds (black/white, slave/free, male/female, richer/poorer), their concerns unite when they speak about the pivotal role which Christian Education assumed for itself in […]

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Ian Scott: Paul's Way of Knowing

Ian Scott: Paul’s Way of Knowing

  Ian W. Scott, Paul’s Way of Knowing: Story, Experience, and the Spirit (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 368 pages, ISBN 9780801036095. There have been a number of studies published recently on Paul’s epistemology – several of them trying to show that Paul’s epistemology was somehow “narratival”. The notion of a narrative epistemology is not […]

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Bruce L. McCormack: Engaging the Doctrine of God

Bruce L. McCormack: Engaging the Doctrine of God

Bruce L. McCormack, ed., Engaging the Doctrine of God: Contemporary Protestant Perspectives (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008). Bruce McCormack, the Frederick and Margaret L. Weyerhaeuser Professor of Theology at Princeton, is the most interesting and helpful Barthian working today. He has made his mark working to correct a certain North American distortion of Karl Barth’s […]

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James Peters: The Logic of the Heart

James Peters: The Logic of the Heart

  James R. Peters, The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009), 300 pages. This book is not for the faint of heart or the non-academic reader of philosophy. James R. Peters wraps his thesis around abstract conceptualizations, while he weaves loquacious arguments throughout his […]

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The creative work of the Spirit

The creative work of the Spirit

This post is a follow up to Paul Elbert’s May 28 post entitled “Some Reflections of a Participant in Pentecostalism and Science.” Thanks for this, Paul. I very much like your emphasis on the creative work of the Spirit throughout history and in the present world as well as in Christ, through Christ and among […]

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Mapping Modern Theology

Mapping Modern Theology

  Kelly Kapic and Bruce McCormack, eds., Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic and Historical Introduction (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012), x + 421 pages, ISBN 9780801035357. Most books on contemporary theology trace key themes in theology or focus on the contributions of influential theologians. While these approaches are helpful, it can be easy to miss […]

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Joseph Marchal: Studying Paul’s Letters

Joseph Marchal: Studying Paul’s Letters

  Joseph A. Marchal, ed., Studying Paul’s Letters: Contemporary Perspectives and Methods (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012), 248 pages, ISBN 9780800698188. Introduction: Asking the Right Questions by Joseph A. Marchal. This provocative book has been formatted by Joseph Marchal to make available the latest and most relevant critical perspectives on Paul to students in seminaries, small […]

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Some Reflections of a Participant in Pentecostalism and Science

Some Reflections of a Participant in Pentecostalism and Science

  We may think of God as the leader of a cosmic community.1 But God is not encountered only in spectacular and physically improbable or counter-intuitive historical events; he is also detected in his manifestation of human experience. One of the distinctive features of the NT documents is the description afforded the interaction of the […]

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Philip Esler: New Testament Theology

Philip Esler: New Testament Theology

  Philip F. Esler, New Testament Theology: Communion and Community (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005). The title of Philip Esler’s New Testament Theology is ill-chosen. Although the book provides a good introduction to a number of aspects that qualify the task of writing a New Testament theology, the book itself is not a New Testament theology by […]

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