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Reading the Bible Wisely

Reading the Bible Wisely

Richard S. Briggs, Reading the Bible Wisely: An Introduction to Taking Scripture Seriously, revised edition (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011), 153 pages, ISBN 9781610972888. Richard Briggs offers a brief and accessible introduction to the Christian hermeneutical task of reading the Bible theologically. His experience as a teacher is evident throughout the work (he serves as […]

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Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (New York: Penguin Books, 2010), 1187 pages, ISBN 9781101189993. I enjoyed reading this book so much that I read it over a second time and then read separate chapters that were of particular interest. You may want to do the same. The book will […]

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A Better Freedom: Finding Life as Slaves of Christ

A Better Freedom: Finding Life as Slaves of Christ

Michael Card, A Better Freedom: Finding Life as Slaves of Christ (Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2009), 166 pages, ISBN 9780830837144. As would be expected from a Christian musician who combines depth of experience with theological training, Michael Card balances devotional and scholarly insights. Motivated by his experiences among African American churches and their moving tendency to […]

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

Select Glossary from The Long Journey Home

An excerpt from The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, edited by Andrew J. Schmutzer. Several terms, prompted by an asterisk (*) in the chapters appearing in Pneuma Review, have been defined by pastors, therapists, and theologians that contributed to the book and are included in a select glossary. Please also […]

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A Theology of Sexuality and its Abuse: Creation, Evil, and the Relational Ecosystem, Part 1

A Theology of Sexuality and its Abuse: Creation, Evil, and the Relational Ecosystem, Part 1

  Editorial Introduction Please join us for a short series reprinting chapters from The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused. Beginning a conversation about sexual abuse is uncomfortable, but we feel strongly that this topic is something the church needs to address. We believe the testimonies of authentic recovery can help […]

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Puritanism: A Legacy Disdained by Historians and Sullied with the Devil’s Victory in Salem

Puritanism: A Legacy Disdained by Historians and Sullied with the Devil’s Victory in Salem

    The American journalist and satirist, H. L. Mencken, most famously quipped that Puritanism was “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, might be happy.” In many quarters of American life the Puritans are still dismissed as prudes and killjoys that have nothing to teach the modern world. Very often, the infamous Salem witch trials […]

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Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue

Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue

Andreas J. Kostenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011), 270 pages, ISBN 9781581349708. As suggested by the title, Kostenberger’s interest in “excellence” has to do with Christian scholarship. For Kostenberger, Christian scholarship is the “pursuit of truth on mission for God in the world” (p. 66). […]

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Stanley Hauerwas, Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian

Stanley Hauerwas, Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian

Stanley Hauerwas, Working with Words: On Learning to Speak Christian (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2011), 322 pages, ISBN 9781608999682. I recommend this book to all Christians, and especially to those in pastoral and the theological vocations. Like his other publications, the Duke Divinity School professor of ethics and theology asks poignant hermeneutical and theological questions […]

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Pneuma Review Spring 2013

Pneuma Review Spring 2013

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Antipas L. Harris

The Spirit and the Prophetic Church, Part 1, by Antipas L. Harris

As appearing in the Pneuma Review Spring 2013.  The Spirit and the Prophetic Church Building Ministry Coalitions for Urban Ministry Part 1 of 2 Thesis and Introduction Scholars from disciplines other than the theological guild have observed the value that congregations play in their members’ everyday lives. When churches engage in the affairs of the […]

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Bible Versions: What is the Best Bible Translation? by David Malcolm Bennett

Bible Versions: What is the Best Bible Translation? by David Malcolm Bennett

So which is the best Bible translation? Well, we may never know in this life, though we will all have our preferences. But we are fortunate in having some very good ones. Make sure you regularly read at least one of them and encourage others to do so.   My Journey with the Bible Like […]

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Global Pentecostal Renaissance? Reflections on Pentecostalism, Culture, and Higher Education, by Jeff Hittenberger

Global Pentecostal Renaissance? Reflections on Pentecostalism, Culture, and Higher Education, by Jeff Hittenberger

Introduction Not long ago, I attended Commencement exercises at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. I was there to see a student named Kofi receive his law degree and to celebrate with his mother, Afi.1 Afi came to the United States from Togo with her husband more than twenty years […]

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Pneuma Review Winter 2013

Pneuma Review Winter 2013

Included in this issue: “Following Jesus’ Example: Empowering Leaders in Global Missions” By Victor H. Cuartas. “The Ghost Of Alexander Severus: Third Century Religious Pluralism as a Foretaste of Postmodernity” By Woodrow E. Walton. “The Quest for a Pentecostal Theology” By Keith Warrington. “Chronicling the Works of God: An Interview with Darren Wilson.” “Bible Versions: […]

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Following Jesus’ Example: Empowering Leaders in Global Missions, by Victor H. Cuartas

Following Jesus’ Example: Empowering Leaders in Global Missions, by Victor H. Cuartas

How Shall We Lead the Church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, church planter Victor Cuartas asks, what do Spirit-empowered leaders look like?   There is an urgent need for equipping leaders in global missions. Leadership is about service and influence. We found in Jesus the best example to follow in global missions. This article will […]

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