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Tim Challies: The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

Tim Challies: The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

Tim Challies, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007), 206 pages, ISBN 9781581349092. Challies, editor of Discerning Reader, a book review website and host of the Christian blog Challies.com: Informing the Reforming, premises his book on the stated intent to present a thoroughly bibliocentric approach in teaching principles of spiritual discernment that equip believers […]

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Coming in the Winter 2012 (15:1) Issue

Coming in the Winter 2012 (15:1) Issue

The Winter 2012 issue will feature part 1 of Chapter Five from Steven M. Fettke, God’s Empowered People: A Pentecostal Theology of the Laity (Wipf & Stock 2011), “Forming a Community of the Spirit: Hospitality, Fellowship, and Nurture.”   John Lathrop continues our conversation about church leadership with his article, “Principles of Church Leadership.”   […]

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Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

   Introduction “Nondiscipleship is the elephant in the church.” So Dallas Willard1 pictures the obviousness and enormity of the problem. Richard Foster agrees, “Perhaps the greatest malady in the Church today is converts to Christ who are not disciples of Christ—a clear contradiction in terms. This malady affects everything in church life….”2 Brian McLaren asks, […]

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Wolfgang Vondey: Pentecostalism and Christian Unity

Wolfgang Vondey: Pentecostalism and Christian Unity

Wolfgang Vondey, ed., Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2010), 277 pages, ISBN 9781608990771. This book is a collection of critical essays that addresses issues of ecumenism from a variety of Pentecostal perspectives. It is primarily the outcome of papers contributed to meetings for the ecumenism interest groups of […]

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Graham Ward's The Politics of Discipleship, reviewed by Amos Yong

Graham Ward’s The Politics of Discipleship, reviewed by Amos Yong

Graham Ward, The Politics of Discipleship: Becoming Postmaterial Citizens, The Church and Postmodern Culture Series (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 317 pages, ISBN 9780801031588. For most readers of The Pneuma Review, this will not be an easy book to read. Graham Ward, professor of contextual theology and ethics at the University of Manchester in the […]

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Timothy Ward: Words of Life

Timothy Ward: Words of Life

  Timothy Ward, Words of Life: Scripture As the Living and Active Word of God (IVP Academic, Downers Grove, 2009), 184 pages, ISBN 9781433501302. This book is full of contemporary appreciation of the dynamic power of Scripture and invites a reappraisal by the reader of what we really think about the Bible. There are sections […]

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Walter Brueggemann: Journey to the Common Good

Walter Brueggemann: Journey to the Common Good

  Walter Brueggemann, Journey to the Common Good (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 125 pages, ISBN 9780664235161. This excellent little book presents three addresses given by the author. This, together with the narrative theology represented, makes this work eminently readable and engaging. Brueggemann, a pre-eminent Old Testament scholar, is deliberately provocative whilst thoroughly rooted […]

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Amanda Porterfield: Healing in the History of Christianity

Amanda Porterfield: Healing in the History of Christianity

  Amanda Porterfield, Healing in the History of Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2005), 218 pages, ISBN 0195157184. Healing has played an important role throughout the history of Christianity, according to Amanda Porterfield. In her new book, Healing in the History of Christianity, she traces the belief in healing back to the ministry of Christ and […]

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Coming in the Summer 2011 (14:3) Issue

Coming in the Summer 2011 (14:3) Issue

  The Pneuma Review interviews Loren Sandford, asking him about growing up under his parents’ ministry, how God prepares people for prophetic ministry and what he sees in today’s prophetic movement.   Join the continuing conversation asking, “How should we lead the church?” The Summer 2011 issue will feature an article by Aldwin Ragoonath. Stressing […]

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Marvin Olasky: The Tragedy of American Compassion

Marvin Olasky: The Tragedy of American Compassion

  Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008), 299 pages, ISBN 9781433501104. Under review is the second unrevised edition of The Tragedy of American Compassion originally published in 1992. There is good reason for a second unrevised edition. The circumstances described by Olasky in this history of social work and […]

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Walter Kaiser: Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament

Walter Kaiser: Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament

  Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the Church (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003), 222 pages, ISBN 9780801026102. How do you preach a lament? A proverb? A law? Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., former president of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, answers these questions and more in this book. […]

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Deliverance Ministry in an African Cultural Perspective, by Jim Harries

Deliverance Ministry in an African Cultural Perspective, by Jim Harries

Editor’s Preface: When The Pneuma Review asked seasoned missionary Jim Harries to explain what “vulnerable mission” is, he wrote an article showing us how one aspect of understanding the host culture can change everything for a foreign missionary. Introduction Can there be appropriate deliverance ministry in Africa? The viability of deliverance ministry in sub-Saharan Africa […]

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Cindy Jacobs: The Reformation Manifesto

Cindy Jacobs: The Reformation Manifesto

  Cindy Jacobs, The Reformation Manifesto: Your Part in God’s Plan to Change the Nations Today (Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany House, 2008), 238 pages, ISBN 9780764205026. Texan Cindy Jacobs is an international leader in the modern prayer movement. With her husband, Mike, she founded Generals International which works to achieve social transformation through intercession and prophetic […]

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James Dunn: The Living Word

James Dunn: The Living Word

   James D.G. Dunn, The Living Word, second edition (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2009), 224 pages, ISBN 9780800663551. James Dunn, professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and noteworthy New Testament scholar, advances the conversation between fundamental and liberal viewpoints on the authority, infallibility, and the inspiration of the Bible. As a second edition, Dunn […]

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