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Category: Spring 2009

Pursuing Presence, Not Signs: Balancing Pentecostal Experience with Biblical Teaching

Pursuing Presence, Not Signs: Balancing Pentecostal Experience with Biblical Teaching

  The emergence of modern Pentecostalism has been characterized in part by its “restorationist impulse,”1 an impulse which has led many of its adherents to seek the restoration of the attributes of the early New Testament Church. Among these attributes are the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in Ephesians 4, Romans 12 and 1 […]

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Steven Studebaker: Defining Issues in Pentecostalism

Steven Studebaker: Defining Issues in Pentecostalism

  Steven M. Studebaker, ed., Defining Issues in Pentecostalism: Classical and Emergent, McMaster Theological Studies Series 1 (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2008), 207 pages, ISBN 9781556358432. Studebaker brings together a number of significant points of discussion from a forum on Pentecostal theology held at McMaster Divinity College in 2007. The impressive list of participants […]

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Signs and Wonders in the Early Post-Apostolic Era

Signs and Wonders in the Early Post-Apostolic Era

  History teaches that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit did not cease with the first apostles—the early church demonstrated signs and wonders of God’s work in the world.   Cessationism teaches that the types of signs and wonders evidenced in the New Testament are not for today. The reasons given by cessationists are […]

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What Kind of Spirit Are We Really Of? A Pentecostal Approach to Interfaith Forgiveness and Interreligious Reconciliation

What Kind of Spirit Are We Really Of? A Pentecostal Approach to Interfaith Forgiveness and Interreligious Reconciliation

  Becoming agents of reconciliation that glorify Jesus, not compromise His Gospel.   Introduction An especially fruitful interfaith dialogue I was recently privileged to participate in released a cooperative statement containing several descriptive suggestions about the nature of religion and the religions. Among other things, it admitted that “religion has often been used, rather misused, […]

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Alexander Jensen: Theological Hermeneutics

Alexander Jensen: Theological Hermeneutics

  Alexander Jensen, Theological Hermeneutics (London: SCM, 2007), 237 pages, ISBN 9780334029014. Alexander Jensen’s Theological Hermeneutics is a historical introduction to theological hermeneutics, which Jensen defines as the way in which the problem of understanding has been addressed (2). The book surveys key theological hermeneuts and movements from antiquity, to the watershed that was the […]

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Michael Bergunder: The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century

Michael Bergunder: The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century

  Michael Bergunder, The South Indian Pentecostal Movement in the Twentieth Century, Studies in the History of Christian Missions (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008), 392 pages, ISBN 9780802827340. There will be several groups who will thank Michael Bergunder, professor of history of religions and mission studies at Heidelberg, for writing this book. First, historians […]

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Graham H. Twelftree: In the Name of Jesus

Graham H. Twelftree: In the Name of Jesus

Graham H. Twelftree, In the Name of Jesus: Exorcism among Early Christians (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 352 pages, ISBN 9780801027451. The world’s leading expert in the subject of exorcism in the Jesus tradition has now turned to exorcism in the early church, covering the period from the earliest traditions to the end of the […]

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Maria Cimperman: When God's People Have HIV/AIDS

Maria Cimperman: When God’s People Have HIV/AIDS

  Maria Cimperman, When God’s People Have HIV/AIDS: An Approach to Ethics (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2005), 159 pages, ISBN 9781570756238. How should Christians affected by HIV/AIDS be understood? Maria Cimperman, an Ursuline sister, challenges the church to view those affected or threatened by the pandemic as God’s children in need of help—just as […]

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Amos Yong: Hospitality and the Other

Amos Yong: Hospitality and the Other

  Amos Yong, Hospitality & the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor, Faith Meets Faith Series (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008), xvii + 169, ISBN 9781570757723. The theology and literature of hospitality is a hot topic. Over the last decade a plethora of theses, dissertations, monographs, books, and articles, whether scholarly or popular, sacred […]

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To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview

To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview

  Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig, and J. P. Moreland, eds., To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 396 pages, ISBN 9780830827350. These essays are presented in honor of Norman L. Geisler, a popular Evangelical theological apologist who has significantly influenced the editors and contributors of […]

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Kristina LaCelle-Peterson: Liberating Tradition

Kristina LaCelle-Peterson: Liberating Tradition

  Kristina LaCelle-Peterson, Liberating Tradition: Women’s Identity and Vocation in Christian Perspective (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008), 253 pages, ISBN 9780801031793. Kristina LaCelle-Peterson proposed that the church can be faithful to scripture, to Christ-centered faith, and embracing of biblical feminism with an egalitarian perspective. The stated purpose of the book is “about listening to each […]

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Communicating and Ministering the Power of the Gospel Cross-culturally: The Power of God for Christians Who Ride Two Horses

Communicating and Ministering the Power of the Gospel Cross-culturally: The Power of God for Christians Who Ride Two Horses

  There are consequences to a powerless Gospel, yet there is a way forward.   Communicating and Ministering the Power of the Gospel Cross-culturally: The Power of God for Christians Who Ride Two Horses By Charles and Marguerite Kraft “Man of God, we will beat you,” the demon said, “because your people ride two horses.” […]

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Magnus Zetterholm: The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity

Magnus Zetterholm: The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity

  Magnus Zetterholm, ed., The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007), xxvii + 163 pages, ISBN 9780800621087. The Messiah in Early Judaism and Christianity presents the papers read at a meeting at Lund University in 2006. Three of the essayists are from Sweden, while the other two flew in from Yale University. […]

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Coming in the Summer 2009 (12:3) Issue

Coming in the Summer 2009 (12:3) Issue

  The Kingdom and the Power. The Pneuma Review has received permission to reprint chapters from this important work that asks: “Are Healing and the Spiritual Gifts Used by Jesus and the Early Church Meant for the Church Today?” The Summer 2009 issue will continue this series with “Power Evangelism and the New Testament Evidence.” […]

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