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Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls

Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls

John Kelley with Paul Costa, “Healthy Church Apostles: Every local church should have a healthy apostolic covering in order to be effective beyond its four walls” Ministries Today (May/June 2001), pages 53-56. He was young in the Lord; rash and impulsive. He was also a born communicator, and immediately went out preaching and teaching, unencumbered […]

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Lynn Anderson's They Smell Like Sheep, reviewed by C. J. Halquist

Lynn Anderson’s They Smell Like Sheep, reviewed by C. J. Halquist

Lynn Anderson, They Smell Like Sheep (West Monroe, Louisiana: Howard Publishing Co., 1997), 248 pages, ISBN 9781582292977. Shepherd and sheep. Pastor and congregation. Dr. Lynn Anderson has employed the age-old analogy of shepherds and sheep as a tool for teaching us pastors how to lead our congregations. In the busy-ness of our duties as a […]

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Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 3 of 5) by Amos Yong

Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 3 of 5) by Amos Yong

Amos Yong challenges classical Pentecostals to re-examine what ecumenism really is. III. Ecumenical Pentecostalism: A Historical Overview I hope to have shown that Pentecostal anti-ecumenism stems in part from theological convictions imported into rather than derived from the Pentecostal experience of the Spirit. Such importations have inhibited Pentecostals from a genuine understanding of what the […]

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Power House: How Prayer Can Saturate the Life of Your Church

Power House: How Prayer Can Saturate the Life of Your Church

  Alen Martin and Dian Ginter, “Power House: How Prayer Can Saturate the Life of Your Church,” Pray! (Issue 23, Mar/Apr 2001), pages 14-17. Looking for some practical advice on transforming your church into a house of prayer? This issue of Pray!, and this article in particular may offer the simple steps needed to get […]

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God's Heart for Unity

God’s Heart for Unity

From the Worship Leader series. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity (Psalm 133:1). When my teenage daughter walks out the door, and I say, “Drive safely” she looks at me and says, “Absolutely, Dad.” I reassure myself that I have really communicated. I assume she understands “Drive safely,” the […]

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Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 2 of 5) by Amos Yong

Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 2 of 5) by Amos Yong

Amos Yong challenges classical Pentecostals to re-examine what ecumenism really is. II. Classical Pentecostal Objections to Ecumenism Given this biblically defined ecumenism [Editor’s note: please see part 1 in the Winter 2001 issue], then, why is it that most Pentecostals remain staunchly anti-ecumenical? While many reasons have been given, three stand out as representing a […]

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Matthias Wenk: Community-Forming Power, reviewed by Amos Yong

Matthias Wenk: Community-Forming Power, reviewed by Amos Yong

  Matthias Wenk, Community-Forming Power: The Socio-Ethical Role of the Spirit in Luke-Acts, Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplemental Series 19 (Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000), 368 pages, ISBN 9780567043504. Those who have been keeping abreast of the developments in biblical scholarship by Pentecostal scholars are in for a treat with this book. A pastor […]

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Pastor's Paraklesis: A Time of Confusion

Pastor’s Paraklesis: A Time of Confusion

  Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. Then they said to one another, “Come let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had bricks for […]

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Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future  (Part 1 of 5) by Amos Yong

Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 1 of 5) by Amos Yong

Amos Yong challenges classical Pentecostals to re-examine what ecumenism really is. Editor’s Introduction to “Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future” I am pleased to present this important series by Professor Amos Yong. The subject of what ecumenism truly is and what it means to the Pentecostal/charismatic is an important one today. This article has […]

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Ten Things I've Learned About Raising Up Worship Leaders

Ten Things I’ve Learned About Raising Up Worship Leaders

From the Worship Leader series. I like the “Five Step Discipleship model” I learned from John Wimber: Lead worship with a worship leader in training in attendance. Have that person play alongside you while you lead. Have that person lead while you play alongside him or her. Talk about the worship time afterward. Finish the […]

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Jeff Bailey: Worship and Spirituality in the New World

Jeff Bailey: Worship and Spirituality in the New World

  Jeff Bailey, “Worship and Spirituality in the New World” Cutting Edge (Vol 4, No 2, Summer 2000), pages 16-18. Jeff Bailey, co-editor of Vineyard Churches’ (USA) church planting magazine Cutting Edge, has been interviewing and conversing with a number of postmodern theologians in the last few issues. In the July 2000 issue of Cutting […]

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The Art of Exhortation

The Art of Exhortation

From the Worship Leader series.   We must never assume that simply because people are gathered together in one place, they are necessarily ready to worship. They seem to be ready, but they must in fact be brought to a place of readiness. The people do not need whipping-they have been battered by the world […]

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How to Work toward Racial Reconciliation

How to Work toward Racial Reconciliation

  The “Memphis Miracle”* was a triumphant moment in the history of Pentecostal race relations in North America. But it was only a moment. Pastors and other church leaders returned to their places of ministry with a great deal of good will. They wanted to do the right thing, but they have not always known […]

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Pastor's Paraklesis: The Difference in Our Homes

Pastor’s Paraklesis: The Difference in Our Homes

  Do we want the Holy Spirit in our homes? I was listening to a message preached by an evangelist that held services at Trinity Assembly of God in Mt. Morris, Michigan. As he was preaching about our desire to have the Holy Spirit in our homes, the Holy Spirit quickened a few thoughts in […]

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