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We Dare Not Fall: Dealing With the Peril of Clergy Sexual Misconduct

We Dare Not Fall: Dealing With the Peril of Clergy Sexual Misconduct

Stanley J. Grenz, “We Dare Not Fall: Dealing With the Peril of Clergy Sexual Misconduct.” Enrichment (Fall 2004), pages 38-47, 51. Sexual misconduct on the part of the clergy is fast becoming a national problem of epidemic proportions. In an over-sexed society, bombarded by sexual themes and images on all sides, increasing sexual misconduct on […]

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Michael Brown: Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus

Michael Brown: Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus

  Michael L. Brown, Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus, Vols. 1-3 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000 and 2003). When you encounter a Jewish man or woman willing to enter into a dialogue about Jesus, and you face the inevitable hurdles many Jewish people can raise, would it not be nice to have resources that could provide […]

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Andrew Clarke: Serve the Community of the Church

Andrew Clarke: Serve the Community of the Church

  Andrew D. Clarke, Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000), 305 pages. Clarke’s interest lies in discerning the attitude towards leadership in the early church, in New Testament times. Rejecting the traditional, protestant position that the early church was essentially a charismatic community which, through time, […]

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Practical Theology: Charismatic and Empirical Perspectives

Practical Theology: Charismatic and Empirical Perspectives

Mark L. Cartledge, Practical Theology: Charismatic and Empirical Perspectives (Carlisle, Cumbria, UK: Paternoster Press, 2003), 271 + xiv pages. Theology. Charismatic spirituality. Sociology. Theories of knowledge and truth. Heady topics which Mark Cartledge has successfully integrated into one book, “Practical Theology,” one of the newest volumes in the continuing series “Studies in Pentecostal and Charismatic […]

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John the Baptist and the Prophetic Spirit of Pentecost

John the Baptist and the Prophetic Spirit of Pentecost

  In this article, Professor James Hernando is sure to challenge you with the urgency and mandate of prophetic preaching. But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to […]

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Earl Creps: Fighting the Future

Earl Creps: Fighting the Future

  Earl Creps, “Fighting the Future: What’s in store for the charismatic/Pentecostal movement: adaptation or extinction?” Ministries Today (Jul/Aug 2004), pages 50-54. A fight for survival? An exciting challenge? The culture in North America has experienced a significant shift. Many call this new philosophy of life “postmodernism,” even if using such labels recall the old […]

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Brian McLaren: Emerging Values

Brian McLaren: Emerging Values

  Brian D. McLaren, “Emerging Values: The next generation is redefining spiritual formation, community, and mission” Leadership (Summer 2003), pages 34-39. What are the values of the thirty-somethings entering ministry today? Brian McLaren says that there is a lot to be hopeful about in the emerging Christian leaders who grew up in a postmodern culture. […]

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Empowered to Serve: an interview with French L. Arrington

Empowered to Serve: an interview with French L. Arrington

  Pneuma Review: How do you feel the Pentecostal/charismatic church today is doing at understanding and effectively communicating the teachings of the Bible? What can leaders do to improve? French Arrington: Generally speaking Pentecostal/charismatic preaching and teaching is not substantive in biblical content. In making this observation I must ask, however, what sector is being […]

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Martyn Percy: Power and the Church

Martyn Percy: Power and the Church

  Martyn Percy, Power and the Church: Ecclesiology in an Age of Transition (London and Herndon, Va.: Cassell, 1998), xv + 239 pages, ISBN 9780304701070. Widely published in the area of conservative religion in general and conservative Christianity in particular, theologian Martyn Percy turns in this book to questions concerning the nature of power in […]

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Rick Warren: Pastors Who Lead the Way

Rick Warren: Pastors Who Lead the Way

  Rick Warren, “Pastors Who Lead the Way” Enrichment 9:1 (Winter 2004). “The good news is that while we may never achieve excellence in administration, we can learn to lead the way.” In this article, Rick Warren states that he knows his leadership style. He is the big picture, vision-casting leader. Details do not appeal […]

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Robert Bowman: The Word-Faith Controversy

Robert Bowman: The Word-Faith Controversy

  Robert M. Bowman, Jr., The Word-Faith Controversy: Understanding the Health and Wealth Gospel (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001), 254 pages, ISBN 9780801063442. When I came across Bowman’s book The Word-Faith Controversy, I was very interested in his approach and conclusions because I had earlier done my Th.D. dissertation on nineteenth and twentieth century “faith theologies.” […]

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Amos Yong: Beyond the Impasse

Amos Yong: Beyond the Impasse

  Amos Yong, Beyond the Impasse: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Religions (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003), 192 pages, ISBN 9780801026126. The goal of this thorough and erudite book by Amos Yong is explicit in the title, Beyond the Impasse, the impasse in question being the Christological question that throws up immediate blockades to inter-faith […]

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Jack Hayford: Practicing What We Preach

Jack Hayford: Practicing What We Preach

  Jack W. Hayford, “Practicing What We Preach” Ministries Today (Nov/Dec 2003), pages 22–27. Jack Hayford sees the church in a moral crisis. “Favoritism, greed, shoddy morals and shady ethics have found a comfortable home in the church. At the same time, both inside and outside the church there is a rise in intolerance towards […]

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Adrienne Gaines: Punching Prejudice

Adrienne Gaines: Punching Prejudice

  Adrienne S. Gaines, “Punching Prejudice” Ministries Today (July/August 2003), pages 30-34. When Scott Hagan became pastor Grand Rapids First Assembly of God (Grand Rapids, Michigan) he was aware of the city’s racially troubled past. It was in that same city in 1947 that “the Assemblies of God General Council made an infamous decision against […]

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