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Donald Sunukjian: Invitation To Biblical Preaching

Donald Sunukjian: Invitation To Biblical Preaching

  Donald R. Sunukjian, Invitation To Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance (Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2007), 375 pages, ISBN 9780825436666. This book is about the application of the Biblical text—moving from the Biblical text to where people live today, “the take home truth.” This book is very good on pulpit […]

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Eric Redmond: Where Are All the Brothers?

Eric Redmond: Where Are All the Brothers?

  Eric Redmond, Where Are All the Brothers?: Straight Answers to Men’s Questions about the Church (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 112 pages, ISBN 9781433501784. Where Are All The Brothers? Growing up in the Black church, I asked myself the question, more than once. The follow-on question is just as hard: “If there aren’t any men here, […]

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A Movement Actually on the Move: An Appreciative Response to An Evangelical Manifesto

A Movement Actually on the Move: An Appreciative Response to An Evangelical Manifesto

  There seems to be a move by some Evangelicals to engage more effectively today’s culture and society. This has been building for some time. Neither do these appear to be isolated incidents. Several Evangelicals are moving in similar directions. “An Evangelical Manifesto: A Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment” (see www.evangelicalmanifesto.com) is an […]

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Paul Elbert: Pastoral Letter to Theo

Paul Elbert: Pastoral Letter to Theo

  Paul Elbert, Pastoral Letter to Theo: An Introduction to Interpretation and Women’s Ministries (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2008), xxiv + 97 pages, ISBN 9781556355462. Is it possible that basic hermeneutical principles are violated in an effort to be politically correct in modern society? Some women have felt betrayed or underutilized in the church […]

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Becoming All Things, Spoiling the Egyptians, and Occupying Culture till Christ Comes

Becoming All Things, Spoiling the Egyptians, and Occupying Culture till Christ Comes

Reflections on the Recent Postmodernism Conversation: Pastor Tony Richie wraps up our discussion on how the church should respond to postmodernism.     Introduction and Overview The editorial staff of Pneuma Review (PR) is to be commended for its facilitation of this conversation about “Postmodernism, the Church and the Future” through a series of interactive […]

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Marty Stevens: Temples, Tithes, and Taxes

Marty Stevens: Temples, Tithes, and Taxes

  Marty E. Stevens, Temples, Tithes, and Taxes: The Temple and the Economic Life of Ancient Israel (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006), 209 pages, ISBN 9781565639348. Marty Stevens’s Temples, Tithes, and Taxes is a wonderful book on a subject that can be really difficult. We all owe a tremendous debt to those who wade through the […]

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Mark Driscoll: A Book You Will Actually Read On Church Leadership

Mark Driscoll: A Book You Will Actually Read On Church Leadership

  Mark Driscoll, A Book You Will Actually Read On Church Leadership (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 96 pages, ISBN 9781433501371 Christians and even churches seem to find traditional NT leadership issues a bit boring, if not irrelevant, to modern church culture. An ever increasing trend in developing leadership teams is to adapt a more corporate style […]

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Ministry in India: 2008 Report

Ministry in India: 2008 Report

India is a complex and diverse nation. People are trapped in tradition, superstition, and religions that do not promise any hope of eternal life. Hindus believe in re-incarnation: that one is re-born several times. While westerners go in search of truth through meditation, and follow Hindu spiritual leaders, their teachings have not helped the average […]

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Fall 2008: Suggested Reading

Fall 2008: Suggested Reading

    Suggestions and Comments from Readers   Reader T.S. writes: I thought this critique of postmodern thinking on today’s college campuses was insightful: “The postmodern idolatry is that all spiritual ways of life lead to the same place. Any local truth is a valid truth. In the postmodern mind, they’re all paths to being […]

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Pentecostals Needed: New NCC Director Partners with Pentecostals

Pentecostals Needed: New NCC Director Partners with Pentecostals

  Explanatory Note: Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, a Greek Orthodox theologian, formerly Associate General Secretary for International Affairs and Peace at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, was recently (January 1, 2008) appointed Senior Program Director for Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations at the NCC. The following is an exclusive […]

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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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