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Category: Spring 2011

Ten Keys to Managing Anxiety

Ten Keys to Managing Anxiety

“Will I be laid off?” “Can my children avoid drugs, violence and promiscuity?” How will this surgery go? No matter how much we do to ensure positive outcomes, life brims with causes for worry. Anxiety arises whenever we fear possible loss or harm to our person, family, relationships or possessions. If we depend on our […]

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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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Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

  From the Conversations with Readers department appearing in the Spring 2011 issue.   A Reader writes about a review that appeared in the Winter 2011 issue: In his review of Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (Brazos, 2009), Wolfgang Vondey writes, “At least in their understanding of […]

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The Case for Anonymous Leadership

The Case for Anonymous Leadership

  How should we lead the church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Dr. Woodrow Walton reveals the humility and anonymity of true servant leadership.   Picture if you would a regatta where there are several vessels slicing across a river. Where is the leader of any one of those streamlined vessels? Is it the rower […]

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Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

  Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 464 pages, ISBN 9781433506253. Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, and Gerry Breshears, professor of theology at Western Seminary, describe the foundational doctrines and therein the membership requirements of the Mars Hill Church. They divide the book into […]

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Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

  Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 335 pages, ISBN 9781433501302. This is an engaging production by the dynamic, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church together with an experienced, theological teaching collaborator. It expresses the experimental fusion of mission focused churchmanship with a particular style of […]

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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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Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity

Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity

  Dietrich Werner, David Esterline, Namsoon Kang, and Joshva Raja, eds., Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity: Theological Perspectives, Ecumenical Trends, Regional Surveys, Regnum Studies in Global Christianity (Oxford: Regnum Books, 2010), 800 pages, ISBN 9781870345804. Parochialism is passé. The importance of understanding Christianity in global perspective is becoming crystal clear. A spate of […]

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Patrick Downey: Desperately Wicked

Patrick Downey: Desperately Wicked

Patrick Downey, Desperately Wicked: Philosophy, Christianity and the Human Heart (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009), 181 pages, ISBN 9780830828944. Desperately Wicked is a philosophical exploration of who we are. As the subtitle suggests, Downey seeks to uncover the magnitude of the wickedness in the human heart. His analysis is sobering, exposing that what is […]

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Theological Roots of the Word of Faith Movement: New Thought Metaphysics or Classic Faith Movements?

Theological Roots of the Word of Faith Movement: New Thought Metaphysics or Classic Faith Movements?

  Historian Paul King introduces us to the origins of the controversial Word of Faith movement.   A spate of articles and books have appeared over the past two decades debating the controversial teachings of the “Word of Faith” movement. Several blistering critiques such as those of D.R. McConnell (A Different Gospel) and Hank Hanegraaff […]

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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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