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The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, revised and expanded edition (New York: Oxford, 2007), 316 pages, ISBN 9780195183078. Philip Jenkins’ award winning study of developments in Christianity outside of the Western hemisphere should be riveting reading for anyone interested in the future of Christianity and of Christian ministry. It particularly informs […]

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Terry L. Cross: Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life

Terry L. Cross: Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life

Terry L. Cross, Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life (Cleveland, TN: Lee University Press, 2007), 164 pages, ISBN 9781596843301. The author’s stated purpose is “expanding the definition of calling” (p. 6) as understood in traditional Pentecostal theology and to “show that a theology of calling […]

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Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church

Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church

Martin Robinson & Dwight Smith, Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church (Grand Rapids: Monarch Books, 2003), 221 pages, ISBN 9780825460500. This book assesses the crisis of the Western church and proposes strategies for recovering the missional character of the church. According to Robinson and Smith, the mission of the church in the apostolic period […]

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Bridges To People: Communicating Jesus to People and Growing Missional Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World

Bridges To People: Communicating Jesus to People and Growing Missional Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World

  Sean S. O’Neal, Bridges To People: Communicating Jesus to People and Growing Missional Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World (Xulon Press, 2007), 288 pages, ISBN 9781602662681. My longtime friend, mentor and colleague, Sean O’Neal, who serves as the Director of Evangelism and Youth Ministries for the Church of God California/Nevada State Executive Office, has published […]

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Brian McLaren's A Generous Orthodoxy, reviewed by Raul Mock

Brian McLaren’s A Generous Orthodoxy, reviewed by Raul Mock

Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional +evangelical +post/protestant +liberal/conservative +mystical/poetic +biblical +charismatic/contemplative +fundamentalist/calvinist +anabaptist/anglican +methodist +catholic +green +international +depressed-yet-hopeful +emergent +unfinished Christian (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2004), 297 pages, ISBN 0310257476 No reader of this book will finish it unaffected. Critics of McLaren or the emergent conversation will have more disdain and […]

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Summer 2008: Suggested Reading

Summer 2008: Suggested Reading

    Suggestions for Further Reading   Tim Keel, “An Efficient Gospel?: The modern world was inclined toward reduction, efficiency, and things you can count” Leadership Journal (Winter 2008). http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/001/3.19.html   Earl G. Creps, “Moving Target: Reframing Discipleship for Postmoderns” Enrichment (Winter 2008), pages 68-73.    http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/200801/200801_068_MovTarget.cfm   TS says, “Christianity Today has a number of […]

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A New Kind of Church for a New Kind of World, by Frank Viola

A New Kind of Church for a New Kind of World, by Frank Viola

    The modern era has past us by. Modernism stood in stark contradiction to the Christian faith. It asserted that man’s scientific and objective knowledge could save the problems of the world. God wasn’t necessary. In fact, according to the tenants of modernism, God didn’t even exist. Why? Because modernism arrogantly taught that only […]

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Response from Winfield Bevins

Response from Winfield Bevins

    I do have a few things to say about the postmodern discussion in The Pneuma Review. In my opinion, there has not been given any practical or relevant answers for how the church should engage our postmodern world. Many of the panelists have dealt with theory and not praxis. In many ways, there […]

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Is the Reformation Over?

Is the Reformation Over?

  Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom, Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism (Baker Academic, 2005), 272 pages, ISBN 0801027977. “Is the Reformation Over?” This is the question raised in a recent book by Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom. In this work, the authors do not attempt a “final” or […]

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David Ravenhill: Surviving the Anointing

David Ravenhill: Surviving the Anointing

  David Ravenhill, Surviving the Anointing: Learning to Effectively Experience and Walk In God’s Power (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 2007), 198 pages, ISBN 0768424437. David Ravenhill, son of the late Leonard Ravenhill, served in pastoral ministry for a number of years, in more recent times he has embarked on an itinerant preaching ministry. Surviving the […]

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Spring 2008: Suggested Reading

Spring 2008: Suggested Reading

      Suggestions for Further Reading Readers have suggested the following as places to find good articles online for further reading on this important subject.   Brian McLaren, “Good Marginal Thinking: The heroes of church history began as reflective Christians who doubted what everyone else took for granted” Leadership Journal (Fall 2007). http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2007/004/14.110.html   […]

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Answers to Questions with Philip Ryken

Answers to Questions with Philip Ryken

  Note from the Editors: Pastor Ryken has graciously taken time to answer questions that readers of this discussion have raised about how the church should respond to postmodernism.   Question from reader: Why does it seem that some of the great themes of the past are fading from emphasis? What happened to Hell, lostness […]

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Orthodox and Wesleyan Scriptural Understanding and Practice

Orthodox and Wesleyan Scriptural Understanding and Practice

  S. T. Kimbrough, Jr., ed., Orthodox and Wesleyan Scriptural Understanding and Practice (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2005), 330 pages.   “I sit down alone: only God is here; in His presence  I open and read this book to find the way to heaven” – John Wesley   Our search for the theological and practical […]

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Daniel Tomberlin: Encountering God at the Altar

Daniel Tomberlin: Encountering God at the Altar

  Daniel Tomberlin, Encountering God at the Altar: The Sacraments in Pentecostal Worship (Cleveland, TN: Center for Pentecostal Leadership and Care, 2006). Since the beginning of the Pentecostal movement, experiencing the Spirit of God has been central to Pentecostals in both private and corporate worship. When it comes to congregational worship, Pentecostals have critiqued what […]

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