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Praying For the Sick

Praying For the Sick

I’m not sure why this topic makes me nervous, but it does. Maybe it sounds a little too man-centered. Maybe it doesn’t sound spiritual. Or perhaps, it’s just too close to the same old way we’ve always prayed. As I travel in churches, it’s clear that praying for health issues absolutely dominates the typical church. […]

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Giving Thanks Turns Tragedy into Triumph

Giving Thanks Turns Tragedy into Triumph

by Pastor Mur Most of us have heard the scripture that states “God so loved the world…” This means that God loves each of us. God loves you no matter where you are or what the circumstances of life that you may face. I have a friend named Jack who is wheelchair bound. He broke […]

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A Better Freedom: Finding Life as Slaves of Christ

A Better Freedom: Finding Life as Slaves of Christ

Michael Card, A Better Freedom: Finding Life as Slaves of Christ (Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2009), 166 pages, ISBN 9780830837144. As would be expected from a Christian musician who combines depth of experience with theological training, Michael Card balances devotional and scholarly insights. Motivated by his experiences among African American churches and their moving tendency to […]

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Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue

Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue

Andreas J. Kostenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011), 270 pages, ISBN 9781581349708. As suggested by the title, Kostenberger’s interest in “excellence” has to do with Christian scholarship. For Kostenberger, Christian scholarship is the “pursuit of truth on mission for God in the world” (p. 66). […]

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Stanley Hauerwas, Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian

Stanley Hauerwas, Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian

Stanley Hauerwas, Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2011), 322 pages, ISBN 9781608999682. I recommend this book to all Christians, and especially to those in pastoral and the theological vocations. Like his other publications, the Duke Divinity School professor of ethics and theology asks poignant hermeneutical and theological questions […]

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R. T. Kendall, Unashamed to Bear His Name: Embracing the Stigma of Being a Christian

R. T. Kendall, Unashamed to Bear His Name: Embracing the Stigma of Being a Christian

R. T. Kendall, Unashamed to Bear His Name: Embracing the Stigma of Being a Christian (Bloomington, MN: Chosen, 2012), 208 pages, ISBN 9780800795160. “Ashamed of the Gospel? Who, me?” Today it is easier than ever for individuals to proclaim their religious preference. Targeted mass marketing has made it possible for modern Christians to exhibit their […]

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Global Pentecostal Renaissance? Reflections on Pentecostalism, Culture, and Higher Education, by Jeff Hittenberger

Global Pentecostal Renaissance? Reflections on Pentecostalism, Culture, and Higher Education, by Jeff Hittenberger

Introduction Not long ago, I attended Commencement exercises at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. I was there to see a student named Kofi receive his law degree and to celebrate with his mother, Afi.1 Afi came to the United States from Togo with her husband more than twenty years […]

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Todd Hunter's Giving Church Another Chance, reviewed by James Williams

Todd Hunter’s Giving Church Another Chance, reviewed by James Williams

Todd D. Hunter, Giving Church Another Chance: Finding New Meaning in Spiritual Practices (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2010), 167 pages, ISBN 9780830837489. Formerly national director of the Association of Vineyard Churches, USA, Todd Hunter is now a Bishop in the Anglican Communion of North America with the responsibility of church planting. Giving Church Another […]

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Working for Others While in the Shadows, by Murray Hohns

Working for Others While in the Shadows, by Murray Hohns

My wife and I have recently been showering together, and I thought I would share what that has meant. I realize that at first glance such activity may not seem proper to mention in a theological journal, but it is. My story starts when I turned awkwardly to look at the new score board in […]

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How to Argue Like Jesus, reviewed by Steve D. Eutsler

How to Argue Like Jesus, reviewed by Steve D. Eutsler

Joe Carter and John Coleman, How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2009), 174 pages, ISBN 9781433502712. Ever since Augustine said, “For since by means of the art of rhetoric both truth and falsehood are urged, who would dare to say that truth should stand in the person […]

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Toby Jones, The Way of Jesus

Toby Jones, The Way of Jesus

Toby Jones, The Way of Jesus: Re-forming Spiritual Communities in a Post-Church Age (Eugene: Resource Publications, 2010), 133 pages, ISBN 9781608991525. Toby Jones is a former Moderator of the Presbytery of Mackinac, who parted ways with the Presbyterian denomination in order to found Living Vision, a community attempting to offer an “authentic path to those […]

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John Stott: The Radical Disciple

John Stott: The Radical Disciple

John Stott, The Radical Disciple: Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2010), 144 pages, ISBN 9780830838479. The name of John Stott is widely known in the evangelical world. He was one of the most respected leaders in Christianity. For many years he served as pastor of All Souls Church in London, […]

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Alister McGrath: The Passionate Intellect

Alister McGrath: The Passionate Intellect

Alister McGrath, The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind (Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP, 2010), 210 pages, ISBN 9780830838431. Alister McGrath, an Anglican priest, theologian, and Christian apologist, is currently Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at Kings College London and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture. He was […]

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Lisa Maugans Driver: Christ At The Center

Lisa Maugans Driver: Christ At The Center

Lisa D. Maugans Driver, Christ At The Center: The Early Christian Era (Louisville: WJK, 2009), 242 pages, ISBN 9780664228972. Driver offers the reader a fast-moving, panoramic view of the context and subsequent development of Christian doctrine as it progressed in the first five centuries of the Church. The work presents a wonderfully helpful, but brief […]

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