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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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Michael Brown: Revolution in the Church

Michael Brown: Revolution in the Church

  Michael L. Brown, Revolution in the Church: Challenging the religious system with a call for radical change (Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2002), 224 pages. Dr. Brown has authored a provocative book that puts forth his view of how the church needs to change to best fulfill the mandate set forth by Jesus. The book […]

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Spiritual Harvest in Peru

Spiritual Harvest in Peru

Editor’s Note: The Pneuma Informer (newsletter for Pneuma Foundation, the parent organization for PneumaReview.com) is pleased to share a report from First Nations leader Richard Twiss about a recent ministry trip to Peru. It’s hard to believe the national Peruvian tour we have been planning and praying over for the past eighteen months is now […]

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Evan Howard: Three Temptations of Spiritual Formation

Evan Howard: Three Temptations of Spiritual Formation

  “Three Temptations of Spiritual Formation” Evan Howard. Christianity Today (Dec. 9, 2002), pages 46-49. The spiritual formation movement is growing in significance and impact among Christians of all traditions. Numerous influences are shaping this movement, most of them positive, but there are real dangers lurking. Author Evan Howard writes that when we seek to […]

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Fred Heeren: Home Alone in the Universe?

Fred Heeren: Home Alone in the Universe?

Fred Heeren, “Home Alone in the Universe?” First Things (Mar 2002, No 121), pages 38-46. I always enjoy reading contemporary articles that offer fresh evidence for faith in the God of the Bible, even if such “evidence” is somewhat indirect. I found this recently in a well-written summary and critique of another “faith,” the predominantly […]

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Workmen or Captives? Avoiding the Snare of Subjectivity

Workmen or Captives? Avoiding the Snare of Subjectivity

  Pastor Harvey takes a serious look at how we interpret God’s Word and cautions us to avoid the trap of subjective impressions.   Meet Sarah, a widow and mother of two small children. Sarah’s life tends to ricochet between Frenzy and Loneliness, with frequent stops at a place called Exhaustion. Yet Sarah has a […]

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Daniel A. Brown

Belonging to a Local Church: A Foundation for Believers

A minister writes about the importance of significant and intentional community for followers of Jesus. Church-hopping Christians who flit from one congregation to another do have a problem—but it is not with the people they meet, as they think. It is with themselves, observes one veteran pastor who believes local church involvement is the true […]

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