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John P. Lathrop

Principles of Church Leadership by John P. Lathrop

How Shall We Lead the Church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Pastor John Lathrop says that New Testament leadership should be scripturally based, marked by servanthood, Spirit-empowered, and equipping everyone for ministry.   Jesus Christ has a very real relationship with the church. He described the church as His and said that He would build […]

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Holistic Mission, A Review Essay by Tony Richie

Holistic Mission, A Review Essay by Tony Richie

Brian Woolnough and Wonsuk Ma, eds., Holistic Mission: God’s Plan for God’s People, Regnum Edinburgh 2010 Series (Oxford, UK: Regnum, 2010), 279 pages, ISBN 9781870345859. Holistic mission, or integral mission, implies God is concerned with the whole person, the whole community, body, mind and spirit—and, that’s just what this book is about. Specifically, it discusses […]

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The First Bible and The Fishing Net

The First Bible and The Fishing Net

More than twenty years ago Donald Stamps, an Assemblies of God missionary to Brazil, had a vision to create a study Bible that would provide Brazilian pastors, most of whom did not have the financial resources to invest in a personal library, with a one volume theological goldmine of biblical truth. Shortly after completing the notes, […]

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Translation is Important But Worth Less Than Love: A Review Essay by Jonathan Downie

Translation is Important But Worth Less Than Love: A Review Essay by Jonathan Downie

Collin Hansen, “The Son And the Crescent: Bible translations that avoid the phrase ‘Son of God’ are bearing dramatic fruit among Muslims. But that translation has some missionaries and scholars dismayed” Christianity Today (February 2011), pages 18-23. Translation choices continue to be a major issue for the church. While preparing this review, news showed that […]

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Forming a Community of the Spirit: Hospitality, Fellowship, and Nurture, Part 1

Forming a Community of the Spirit: Hospitality, Fellowship, and Nurture, Part 1

This chapter is an excerpt from Steven M. Fettke, God’s Empowered People: A Pentecostal Theology of the Laity (Wipf & Stock 2011). Read Part 2 in the Spring 2012 issue of Pneuma Review. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows […]

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Who are "the Called"? Mission, Commission, and Accountability

Who are “the Called”? Mission, Commission, and Accountability

  This chapter is an excerpt from Steven M. Fettke, God’s Empowered People: A Pentecostal Theology of the Laity (Wipf & Stock 2011). Another chapter appears in the Winter 2012 issue of Pneuma Review.   We need to recognize that such a sense of call [as Jeremiah had] in our time is profoundly counter-cultural, because […]

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Healthy Leadership and the High Cost of Caring

Healthy Leadership and the High Cost of Caring

How should we lead the church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Christian counselor, Dr. Eric Scalise answers this question by saying that ministry leaders need to recognize how pastoral ministry causes stress and how they need to develop a plan for self-care. Pastors and ministry leaders, much like those who work in the caregiving professions, […]

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Leading a Church in the Twenty-first Century: An International Perspective

Leading a Church in the Twenty-first Century: An International Perspective

How Shall We Lead the Church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, preacher and international instructor Aldwin Ragoonath asks, what is hindering church growth in North America? How can we can lead towards growth in the church in the Twenty-first century?   Where I am Coming From I was born into a nominal Hindu home that […]

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Thomas Reynolds: Vulnerable Communion

Thomas Reynolds: Vulnerable Communion

  Thomas E. Reynolds, Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2008), 256 pages, ISBN 9781587431777. Difference, normalcy, embodiment, community, and redemption are all topics that relate to disability. Disability studies have greatly increased with the onset of late modernity, and this is a blessing to all those who seek […]

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Interview with Pastor Philip Mantofa

Interview with Pastor Philip Mantofa

Introducing Philip Mantofa: Pastor Philip Mantofa graduated from Columbia Bible College, in British Columbia, Canada, with a degree in theology. Since 1998, he has been serving Mawar Sharon Church, a growing church of 30,000 in Indonesia. Currently, he is one of the leaders of the Mawar Sharon denomination, which has a network of 70 local […]

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Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

   Introduction “Nondiscipleship is the elephant in the church.” So Dallas Willard1 pictures the obviousness and enormity of the problem. Richard Foster agrees, “Perhaps the greatest malady in the Church today is converts to Christ who are not disciples of Christ—a clear contradiction in terms. This malady affects everything in church life….”2 Brian McLaren asks, […]

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Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

  From the Conversations with Readers department appearing in the Spring 2011 issue.   A Reader writes about a review that appeared in the Winter 2011 issue: In his review of Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (Brazos, 2009), Wolfgang Vondey writes, “At least in their understanding of […]

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The Case for Anonymous Leadership

The Case for Anonymous Leadership

  How should we lead the church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Dr. Woodrow Walton reveals the humility and anonymity of true servant leadership.   Picture if you would a regatta where there are several vessels slicing across a river. Where is the leader of any one of those streamlined vessels? Is it the rower […]

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Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

  Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 335 pages, ISBN 9781433501302. This is an engaging production by the dynamic, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church together with an experienced, theological teaching collaborator. It expresses the experimental fusion of mission focused churchmanship with a particular style of […]

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