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Thomas Oden and J.I. Packer: One Faith

Thomas Oden and J.I. Packer: One Faith

  Thomas C. Oden and James I. Packer, One Faith: The Evangelical Consensus (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 223 pages, ISBN 0830832394 Oden and Packer have done evangelicalism a valuable service in this work affirming and outlining its underlying unity contra a reputation for fragmentation. Drawing upon a wide array of trans-denominational and international […]

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America shall be Saved: An interview with Reinhard Bonnke

America shall be Saved: An interview with Reinhard Bonnke

  Reinhard Bonnke is an evangelist anointed by God to preach the good news around the world. His intense focus on proclaiming the love, power, and forgiveness found only in Jesus Christ has been blessed by the Lord in amazing ways. Pastor Bonnke has preached in front of more than 74 million. PneumaReview.com: How did […]

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In Conversation with Andrew Schmutzer, Part 3

In Conversation with Andrew Schmutzer, Part 3

  An interview with Andrew Schmutzer about The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, and part 1 of the chapter, “A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking Out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors” as appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2014.               Note from the […]

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Gary Graff: Can a Christian Have an Unclean Spirit?

Gary Graff: Can a Christian Have an Unclean Spirit?

  Gary Hal Graff, Can a Christian Have an Unclean Spirit? Volume I: Satan and the Angels (El Cajon, CA: Christian Service Network, 1999), 200 pages, ISBN 9781879854802. Gary Hal Graff, Can a Christian Have an Unclean Spirit? Volume II: The Theology and History (El Cajon, CA: Christian Service Network, 1999), 249 pages, ISBN 9781879854147. […]

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Eddie Hyatt: Pursuing Power

Eddie Hyatt: Pursuing Power

  Eddie L. Hyatt, Pursuing Power: How the Historic Quest for Apostolic Authority & Control Has Divided and Damaged the Church (Grapevine, TX: Hyatt Press, 2014), 136 pages, ISBN 9781888435511. Dr. Eddie Hyatt is known in Pentecostal/Charismatic circles as a man who is passionate about the Word of God, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, […]

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John Lathrop: The Power and Practice of the Church

John Lathrop: The Power and Practice of the Church

  John P. Lathrop, The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (Waltham, MA: J. Timothy King, 2010), 120 pages, ISBN: 9780981692555. In John P. Lathrop’s second book,[1] The Power and Practice of the Church, readers will find a stimulating compilation of various seminary papers, previously published magazine articles, and sermons which […]

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It Takes a Steady Hand to Hold a Full Cup

It Takes a Steady Hand to Hold a Full Cup

A group of young pastors have asked that I meet with them monthly for lunch to answer questions and provide help. At our last meeting I gave them the pop-quiz below. I recommend that you read it. If you are a pastor you may be helped by examining your answers. If you are not a […]

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Aldwin Ragoonath: Preach the Word

Aldwin Ragoonath: Preach the Word

Aldwin Ragoonath, Preach the Word: A Pentecostal Approach (Agape Teaching Ministry, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2004.) 246 pages, ISBN 9780973446807. Preaching has always been central to the life of church life, and especially following the Reformation of Luther and Calvin. However, preaching can take on a different hue in the Pentecostal revival that has and continues […]

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Reflections on Andy Lord: Network Church

Reflections on Andy Lord: Network Church

  I believe highly relevant to some current issues dealing with how the Christian tradition engages or might engage contemporary cultural artefacts (such as film and art) or themes expressed via these artefacts, is Andy Lord’s reflection on how we might more deeply inform Pentecostal assumptions about the church in mission with the Missio Dei […]

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The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, edited by Andrew J. Schmutzer

A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking Out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors, Part 2

  Read part 1 of this chapter, “A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking Out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors” as appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2014.   A Pastoral Perspective: Pastor-to-Pastor One of the unfortunate lessons of the past few decades is that although sexual abuse within churches and church families has been […]

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Bobby Welch: You, The Warrior Leader

Bobby Welch: You, The Warrior Leader

Bobby Welch, You, The Warrior Leader (Broadman & Holman, 2004) 0805431365. Are you a warrior-leader? Bobby Welch’s book is an impassioned and heartfelt call for Christians, laymen and clergy alike, to adopt a warrior-like approach to Kingdom work and Christian living. One of the later chapters, “Dying Words Of A Warrior Leader,” illustrates the title’s […]

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Teaching Preaching as a Christian Practice

Teaching Preaching as a Christian Practice

Thomas G. Long and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale, eds., Teaching Preaching as a Christian Practice: A New Approach to Homiletical Pedagogy (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008). I enjoyed reading this book. It is written for teachers of homiletics, but pastors would also benefit from reading it. It is written by some of the leading homileticians […]

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Cleophus LaRue: I Believe I’ll Testify

Cleophus LaRue: I Believe I’ll Testify

Cleophus J. LaRue, I Believe I’ll Testify: The Art of African American Preaching (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2011), 160 pages, ISBN 9780664236779. In American black churches the most important qualification for the pastor is the ability to preach, according to author Cleophus J. LaRue (p. 57). This skill, he says, has remained important to […]

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Gordon Smith: Transforming Conversion

Gordon Smith: Transforming Conversion

Gordon T. Smith, Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010), 208 pages, ISBN 9780801032479. Gordon Smith’s book deals with a central piece of Pentecostal life: conversion. Thoughtfully read, it can deepen understanding and expectations of conversion, which in turn have evangelistic and pastoral implications. On the other […]

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