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From the Editor's Desk: Doing Theology

From the Editor’s Desk: Doing Theology

We study God – theologize – to learn more about who He is and His way of walking out our lives. We study to become more like Messiah and do what He reveals to us. Therefore, theology that cannot be “done” has little value. We can frame this as a biblical imperative. As we love […]

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Harry Jackson: The Warrior's Heart

Harry Jackson: The Warrior’s Heart

  Harry R. Jackson, Jr., The Warrior’s Heart (Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2004), 224 pages. Despite its militaristic title, and soldiering themes, The Warrior’s Heart is a very spiritual work. Bishop Harry Jackson’s work is rather thoughtful, yet focused on the realities of living a purposeful Christian life in today’s world. This work is obviously […]

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Visual Bible: The Gospel of John

Visual Bible: The Gospel of John

  The Gospel of John (Visual Bible, 2004). The Visual Bible, with productions of The Gospel of Matthew and Acts, continues their quality retelling of biblical stories in The Gospel of John. In this word-for-word drama using the Good News Bible translation, the viewer it taken on a tour of the Messiah’s life as told […]

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Ajith Fernando: Sharing the Truth in Love

Ajith Fernando: Sharing the Truth in Love

  Ajith Fernando, Sharing the Truth in Love: How to relate to people of other faiths (Grand Rapids: Discovery House Publishers, 2001), 287 pages. Ajith Fernando lives and works in Sri Lanka as the head of Youth for Christ, an organization that will meet with the approval of just about everyone who reads this book […]

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Difference Can Make Us Mo' Betta

Difference Can Make Us Mo’ Betta

I am reading a very insightful and helpful book titled Whose Religion is Christianity? The Gospel beyond the West (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003), by Lamin Sanneh, a Native of Gambia. Dr Sanneh is presently D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity at Yale Divinity School. I have chosen an excerpt that has been […]

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Norma Cook Everist: The Difficult but Indispensable Church

Norma Cook Everist: The Difficult but Indispensable Church

  Norma Cook Everist, ed. The Difficult but Indispensable Church (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002), 262 pages. This book is a collaboration of members of the Wartburg Theological Seminary and includes 21 individual authors. Their goal is not to develop a cohesive, monolithic work, but to examine the (local) church from many different personal viewpoints and […]

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George Barna and Mark Hatch: Boiling Point

George Barna and Mark Hatch: Boiling Point

  George Barna and Mark Hatch, Boiling Point: It Only Takes One Degree. Monitoring Cultural Shifts in the 21st Century (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2001), 327 pages. George Barna is known for his apparent pessimism. The successful author of The Frog in the Kettle and The Second Coming of the Church, Barna sets out in […]

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Joel Osteen: Your Best Life Now

Joel Osteen: Your Best Life Now

A guest review from Pastor Murray Hohns.   Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential (Warner Faith, 2004), 310 pages, ISBN 9780446532754. I briefly knew Joel Osteen’s father thirty years ago when the FGBMFI was at its peak. Those were exciting days that featured a mighty revival, one […]

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Brian Stiller: Jesus and Caesar

Brian Stiller: Jesus and Caesar

  Brian C. Stiller, Jesus and Caesar: Christians in the Public Square (Oakville, Ontario: Castle Quay Books, 2003), 187 pages, ISBN 9781897213193. All too often the church vacillates between secularization and sectarianism, between a diminished belief in God in the world and the withdrawal of the church from culture to protect the faithful. Brian Stiller […]

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C. Peter Wagner: Humility

C. Peter Wagner: Humility

  C. Peter Wagner, Humility (Regal Books, 2002), 130 pages. Peter Wagner has written a short and easy-to-read book on the subject of humility. The book has eight short chapters, each of which is followed by a series of questions and some blanks for the reader to express her thoughts to herself. This format would […]

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Nigeria: the story media outlets are not reporting

Nigeria: the story media outlets are not reporting

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Normally I send out my own prayer requests once a year (and some of them DO still need prayer) but this one is kind of urgent. Most of you know I spent five months over three summers ministering in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. For years, Christians have been periodically slaughtered […]

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The Resurrection of Jesus, A Jewish Perspective

The Resurrection of Jesus, A Jewish Perspective

The Resurrection of Jesus, A Jewish Perspective. Pinchas Lapide. Wipf and Stock Publishers (Eugene, OR: 2002). I first encountered Rabbi Lapide in the mid-1980s in a televised debate with noted Christian theologian Walter Kaiser, Jr. I was dumbfounded to hear this Orthodox rabbi state that Jesus “might be the Messiah” but that the Jewish community […]

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Brian McLaren: A New Kind of Christian

Brian McLaren: A New Kind of Christian

  Brian D. McLaren, A New Kind of Christian: A tale of two friends on a spiritual journey (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001), 173 pages, ISBN 9780787955991. Brian D. McLaren, The Story We Find Ourselves In: Further Adventures of A New Kind of Christian (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003), 203 pages, ISBN 9780787963873. Brian McLaren’s book may […]

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Are You Still Relevant?

Are You Still Relevant?

  I have heard it said that motivation can be generated in people by offering to meet an unmet need. This maxim is true. On a recent rafting trip with our church youth group, I fell out of our raft into a set of class 4 rapids. As the current spun me around and flipped […]

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