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Cleophus LaRue: I Believe I’ll Testify

Cleophus LaRue: I Believe I’ll Testify

Cleophus J. LaRue, I Believe I’ll Testify: The Art of African American Preaching (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2011), 160 pages, ISBN 9780664236779. In American black churches the most important qualification for the pastor is the ability to preach, according to author Cleophus J. LaRue (p. 57). This skill, he says, has remained important to […]

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Gordon Smith: Transforming Conversion

Gordon Smith: Transforming Conversion

Gordon T. Smith, Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010), 208 pages, ISBN 9780801032479. Gordon Smith’s book deals with a central piece of Pentecostal life: conversion. Thoughtfully read, it can deepen understanding and expectations of conversion, which in turn have evangelistic and pastoral implications. On the other […]

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The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, edited by Andrew J. Schmutzer

A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking Out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors, Part 1

Timid at first, tentative as it were, he began the long journey down the aisle toward the altar rail. I, too, began to walk, slowly, watching each step as I descended the stairs that led from the chancel to the nave and down the aisle. He was large-framed, older, with a look that I took […]

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The Seduction of Public Leadership: Principles of Morality for Christian Leaders, by Stephen M. King

The Seduction of Public Leadership: Principles of Morality for Christian Leaders, by Stephen M. King

Editor’s note: Much has happened since Professor King wrote this article in March 2000. The principles he outlines, however, are as applicable today as when it was first published on the Pneuma Foundation website. Public leadership has greatly diminished in societal value, primarily because it is based less upon moral and religious foundations of civil […]

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Anti-Semitism in the Church, by Kevin Williams

Anti-Semitism in the Church, by Kevin Williams

As we begin this topic on anti-Semitism in the church, the body of Christ, please understand that at times I may sound harsh. I am not harsh. I ask many questions for the purpose of making people think introspectively, to review their own actions and attitudes, and this can be a difficult task. I pray […]

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Andrew Clarke's Serve the Community of the Church, reviewed by Thang San Mung

Andrew Clarke’s Serve the Community of the Church, reviewed by Thang San Mung

Andrew D. Clarke, Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000), 305 pages, ISBN 9780802841827. This book is a recent release of Eerdmans (2000), as the second volume of the series called “First-Century Christians in the Graeco-Roman World” for the Institute of Early Christianity […]

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Pentecostalism and Christian Unity 2

Pentecostalism and Christian Unity 2, reviewed by Jim Purves

From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. Wolfgang Vondey, ed., Pentecostalism and Christian Unity, Volume 2 (Pickwick Publications, 2013), 301 pages, ISBN 9781620327180. It can be a terrible thing when we believe that we ourselves are right and all others are wrong. Terrible, because it can reinforce an arrogance caused by insecurity, causing us to be unwilling […]

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Prophetic Preaching, reviewed by Jonathan Downie

Prophetic Preaching, reviewed by Jonathan Downie

From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, Prophetic Preaching: A Pastoral Approach (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 138 pages, ISBN 9780664233327. There are some occasions where the reader finishes a book unsure whether they should praise the author for writing a challenging and necessary work or criticise them for missing vital emphases. Prophetic Preaching […]

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Global Voices

Global Voices, reviewed by John Lathrop

Craig Keener and M. Daniel Carroll Rodas, eds., Global Voices: Reading the Bible in the Majority World (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2013), 144 pages, ISBN 9781619700093. The chapters that make up this book were originally papers that were presented at a meeting of the Institute for Biblical Research which was held in San Francisco, California […]

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In Conversation with Andrew Schmutzer, Part 2

In Conversation with Andrew Schmutzer, Part 2

An interview with Andrew Schmutzer about The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, and part 2 of his chapter, “A Theology of Sexuality and its Abuse: Creation, Evil, and the Relational Ecosystem” as appearing in Pneuma Review Fall 2013.         Note from the Editors: Beginning a conversation about […]

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Andrew J. Schmutzer

A Theology of Sexuality and its Abuse: Creation, Evil, and the Relational Ecosystem, Part 2, by Andrew J. Schmutzer

An excerpt from The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, edited by Andrew J. Schmutzer. From Pneuma Review Fall 2013. The Long Journey Home A Theology of Sexuality and its Abuse Creation, Evil, and the Relational Ecosystem Part 2  by Andrew J. Schmutzer The Relational Ecosystem: Sexuality Amid Consequences Christian theology […]

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Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future, by Amos Yong

Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future, by Amos Yong

Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 1 of 5) Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 2 of 5) Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 3 of 5) Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 4 of 5) Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 5 of 5) […]

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Apostolic Practice, by Vinson Synan

Apostolic Practice, by Vinson Synan

Nothing has stirred more interest in Pentecostal-charismatic circles in recent years than the restoration of the “fivefold ministries” Paul mentioned in Ephesians 4:11-13: “It was [Christ] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, […]

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Reflections on New Directions, by Dave Johnson

Reflections on New Directions, by Dave Johnson

Baguio City, Philippines, November 5, 2013. Two events happened last week that leave me wondering if, at long last, some demonic strongholds over the Philippines are being broken. For the last twenty or twenty five years or so, evangelicals in the Philippines have been giving increased attention to ministry to Muslims. However, I believe that […]

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