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Pursuing Presence, Not Signs: Balancing Pentecostal Experience with Biblical Teaching

Pursuing Presence, Not Signs: Balancing Pentecostal Experience with Biblical Teaching

  The emergence of modern Pentecostalism has been characterized in part by its “restorationist impulse,”1 an impulse which has led many of its adherents to seek the restoration of the attributes of the early New Testament Church. Among these attributes are the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in Ephesians 4, Romans 12 and 1 […]

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To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview

To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview

  Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig, and J. P. Moreland, eds., To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 396 pages, ISBN 9780830827350. These essays are presented in honor of Norman L. Geisler, a popular Evangelical theological apologist who has significantly influenced the editors and contributors of […]

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Dean Merrill: Damage Control

Dean Merrill: Damage Control

  Dean Merrill, Damage Control: How to Stop Making Jesus Look Bad (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2006), 174 pages, ISBN 9780801065651. From the journalist and author of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church (1997) comes yet another volume which speaks to the too often “narrow-minded, exclusionary, and pushy” (back cover) presentation of […]

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Daniel Harrell: The 30-Day Leviticus Challenge

Daniel Harrell: The 30-Day Leviticus Challenge

  Daniel Harrell, “The 30-Day Leviticus Challenge: One church’s experiment in living the most arcane book of the Bible” Christianity Today (August 2008), pages 30-33. Many years ago I had the rich experience of visiting the historic Park Street Congregational Church in Boston, Massachusetts. I was amazed to sit in one of America’s early churches […]

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Ajith Fernando: The Call to Joy and Pain

Ajith Fernando: The Call to Joy and Pain

   Ajith Fernando, The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007), 192 pages, ISBN 9781581348880. The Call to Joy and Pain by Ajith Fernando is a provocative analysis of the issue of pain and suffering. While he does not treat the cosmic problem of the reason for suffering in […]

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Glorifying God While Keeping Secret Believers Safe

Glorifying God While Keeping Secret Believers Safe

In August 2008, the Pneuma Foundation offered a link (on our legacy website page called “News & Current Links”) to a transcript of an Arabic TV [Al-Jazeerah] program: “Rare look at Islam: Muslims discuss the annual exodus of 6 million African Muslims to Christianity.” A few weeks later it was learned that this was deliberate […]

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Thoughts to Ponder: Holiness

Thoughts to Ponder: Holiness

  “The first word of the gospel is not ‘love.’ It is not even ‘grace.’ The first word of the gospel is ‘repent.’ From Matthew through Revelation, repentance is an urgent and indispensable theme that is kept at the very forefront of the gospel message.” —Richard Owen Roberts (quoted in Intercessors for America Newsletter, Apr […]

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Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes To God

Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes To God

Kay Warren, Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes To God (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007), 255 pages, ISBN 0310258901. Kay Warren is the wife of pastor and author Rick Warren. This book may never sell as many copies as her husband’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, but it is most certainly a very significant […]

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Rob Bell: Velvet Elvis

Rob Bell: Velvet Elvis

  Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), 194 pages, ISBN 9780310263456. Rob Bell’s book welcomes us to listen in to a dialogue describing what Christianity should look like in a postmodern context. Before addressing Rob Bell’s book specifically, it will be helpful to keep both postmodernism and modernism in […]

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What Meaneth This? A Question for 21st Century Pentecostalism

What Meaneth This? A Question for 21st Century Pentecostalism

Doug Beacham, General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, shares a timely challenge about giving an answer for the hope within us.   The year 2008 is shaping up as an unusually violent period of natural disasters around the world. In the United States tornados are destroying homes, business, and in some cases, entire […]

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Called to Suffering, Partakers of Joy: An Interview with Ajith Fernando

Called to Suffering, Partakers of Joy: An Interview with Ajith Fernando

Does the church need a doctrine of suffering?   The Pneuma Review had an opportunity to speak with Ajith Fernando, the national director of Youth For Christ in Sri Lanka, about his recent book The Call to Joy and Pain. This book has received the 2008 Book Award from Christianity Today in the church and […]

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Interview with J. P. Moreland

Interview with J. P. Moreland

The Pneuma Review editorial committee is excited about a new book by J. P. Moreland called Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit’s Power. After Dr. Moreland agreed to interview with us, we wrote to him: The mission of the Foundation is “to lead Pentecostal/charismatic believers to a greater understanding […]

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God answers prayer at the altar

God answers prayer at the altar

Pastor Mur shares a story of how God answered a prayer in ways he never expected. There are nearly 50 Foursquare churches in Hawaii, and 75,000 people get to go to these great churches each weekend. They are full gospel churches that grew out of the ministries of two men – Ralph Moore and Wayne […]

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Thoughts to Ponder: May 2008

Thoughts to Ponder: May 2008

“To take preaching seriously, you need a high theology of the Word of God. When your preaching announces that Jesus is the crucified and risen Lord of the world, things happen. The principalities and powers are called into account. Human beings who once thought the message of someone rising from the dead is ridiculous, actually […]

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