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Pray for Jesus-followers in Russia

Pray for Jesus-followers in Russia

Two foreign citizens are the first known victims of Russia’s new amendments punishing sharing beliefs, which came into force on the 20th of July. Although they were not deported, they were fined heavily. Forum18 reports that as of August 26, four individuals are known to have already been charged under the new provisions of the […]

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Don’t Forget the Poor: A Biblical Approach to Addressing Poverty

Don’t Forget the Poor: A Biblical Approach to Addressing Poverty

What has God called you to do? In this chapter from Your Call to Work & Mission: Following Jesus 24/7, Johan Mostert challenges all followers of Jesus to remember those trapped in poverty and take practical steps to demonstrate God’s love for them. Evangelism, global missions, and discipling others—topics from the previous section—are urgent. They […]

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Andy Crouch: Strong and Weak

Andy Crouch: Strong and Weak

Andy Crouch, Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing (IVP, 2016), 192 pages, ISBN 9780830844432. If life is meant to be about flourishing and leading others towards the same outcome, one might naturally ask how it can be attained? This is the question that Andy Crouch wrestles with in his […]

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Gordon Smith: Called to Be Saints

Gordon Smith: Called to Be Saints

Gordon T. Smith, Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity (IVP Academic, 2014), 256 pages. Evangelicals are known for their emphasis on conversion, but unfortunately they often neglect life after conversion and beyond justification. Needed, therefore, is a comprehensive theology of the Christian life from beginning to end, along with an explication of […]

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Jeffrey Keuss: Your Neighbor's Hymnal

Jeffrey Keuss: Your Neighbor’s Hymnal

Jeffrey F. Keuss, Your Neighbor’s Hymnal: What Popular Music Teaches Us about Faith, Hope, and Love (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011). As a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a bi-vocational pastor who makes the bulk of his living as a professional musician, I was intrigued to read Jeffrey Keuss’s exploration of popular music […]

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Our hearts broken; our country in crisis ... What should we do?

Our hearts broken; our country in crisis … What should we do?

To say we are living in troubled times is an understatement. All of us are hurting. Our society must heal. We need the power of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit and heal our communities; heal our world. Emotions are running high. Like millions of others, I have not been able to rest well the […]

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Dependency Upon God

Dependency Upon God

Independence is an American ideal, but God-dependency is a believer’s necessity. As Americans we are rightly proud of our Declaration of Independence. It took a lot of courage for those men in 1776 to declare their independence from the mightiest nation on earth at the time, realizing the great cost it would take to actually […]

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Denzil Miller: Overcoming the Enemy

Denzil Miller: Overcoming the Enemy

Denzil R. Miller, Overcoming the Enemy: How to Challenge and Defeat Demonic Spirits (Springfield, Missouri: AIA Publications, 2016). This work is part of a pamphlet series produced by the Assemblies of God World Mission for their Acts in Africa initiative. It can be downloaded without cost. The author is an Assemblies of God missionary to […]

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Praying the News

Praying the News

The “news” is by its nature, mostly negative. An airliner that makes it to its destination is not news, but one that falls out of the sky is. The national TV networks try to include positive news stories such as “the person of the week” segment on Friday night on CBS, but this hardly stops […]

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Our God is With Us through It All: Interview with Craig and Médine Keener about Impossible Love

Our God is With Us through It All: Interview with Craig and Médine Keener about Impossible Love

Doctors Craig and Médine Keener speak with PneumaReview.com about their new book, Impossible Love.   PneumaReview.com: Craig, you are a highly respected biblical scholar and a seminary professor. In Impossible Love, you mention that the Presence of God played a very important part in your conversion and that after becoming a Christian you prophesied regularly […]

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D. A. Carson: The Intolerance of Tolerance

D. A. Carson: The Intolerance of Tolerance

D. A. Carson, The Intolerance of Tolerance (Eerdmans, 2012), 196 pages, ISBN 9780802831705. Although a relatively short book of 176 pages, D.A Carson’s The Intolerance of Tolerance delivers a powerful punch to the jaw of what he describes as the “new tolerance.” Carson, who is a research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity […]

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More in Love with Jesus: Interview with Rolland Baker

More in Love with Jesus: Interview with Rolland Baker

PneumaReview.com speaks with Rolland Baker about Iris Global and his new book, Keeping the Fire.   PneumaReview.com: Many people know about the work that you and Heidi are doing in Mozambique but Iris Global has leaders in over 30 nations. What are some of the other nations that Iris works in? Rolland Baker: Yes, we […]

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Boyer and Ver Miller: Human Wholeness

Boyer and Ver Miller: Human Wholeness

Mark G. Boyer and Matthew S. Ver Miller, Human Wholeness: A Spirituality of Relationship (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015), 72 pages. Mark G. Boyer (Roman Catholic priest and college professor at Missouri State University) and Matthew S. Ver Miller (psychologist and life-coach) write from their experience in relationship, which began as mentor and mentee, […]

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Beyond Understanding

Beyond Understanding

Pastor Mur reminds us a little about what Heaven is like. Every once in a while I am asked to perform a funeral service. A funeral sermon typically includes three segments: a time to reminisce, a time to release and a time for resolution. My custom is to talk about heaven as I transition from […]

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