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Category: Spring 2014

Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom, reviewed by Kevin Williams

Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom, reviewed by Kevin Williams

  Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom (20th Century Fox). Actors: Darwin Shaw, Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops, and Darcie Lincoln. Directors: Christopher Spencer. Music by Hans Zimmer. Son of God begins with John’s gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and ends with […]

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Joseph Marchal: Studying Paul’s Letters

Joseph Marchal: Studying Paul’s Letters

  Joseph A. Marchal, ed., Studying Paul’s Letters: Contemporary Perspectives and Methods (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012), 248 pages, ISBN 9780800698188. Introduction: Asking the Right Questions by Joseph A. Marchal. This provocative book has been formatted by Joseph Marchal to make available the latest and most relevant critical perspectives on Paul to students in seminaries, small […]

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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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Michael Brown's Authentic Fire, reviewed by John King

Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, reviewed by John King

  Michael L. Brown, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire (Excel Publishers, Dec 12, 2013), 418 pages. Dr. Michael Brown in his work Authentic Fire confronts the misinformation of Pastor John MacArthur’s outspoken zeal against all things charismatic in his book, Strange Fire. While Dr. Brown admits that on some points Dr. […]

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Peter Enns: The Evolution of Adam

Peter Enns: The Evolution of Adam

  Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say About Human Origins (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2012), 170 pages, ISBN 9781587433153. Peter Enns brings his considerable academic training and writing ability to bear on the thorny subject of Scripture and evolution. He believes that the evidence for evolution is so […]

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Jonathan Malesic: Secret Faith in the Public Square

Jonathan Malesic: Secret Faith in the Public Square

  Jonathan Malesic, Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2009), 248 pages, ISBN 9781587432262. From outward appearance the author, an assistant professor of Theology at King’s College in Pennsylvania, argues for non-public involvement in public affairs with nothing said of the participants’ Christian […]

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Del Tarr: The Foolishness of God

Del Tarr: The Foolishness of God

  Del Tarr, The Foolishness of God: A Linguist Looks at the Mystery of Tongues (Springfield, MO: The Access Group, 2010), xvii +447 pages, ISBN 9780984447008. Del Tarr, Professor Emeritus and past President of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, who holds a PhD in Communications from the University of Minnesota, applies scientific linguistic and […]

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Kevin Giles: The Eternal Generation of the Son

Kevin Giles: The Eternal Generation of the Son

  Kevin Giles, The Eternal Generation of the Son: Maintaining Orthodoxy in Trinitarian Theology (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012), 270 pages including indices, ISBN 9780830839650. What this reviewer sees in Kevin Giles’ The Eternal Generation of the Son is a carefully reasoned presentation of what is inherent, or implied within John 1:1 and also […]

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Michael Brown's Authentic Fire, reviewed by Daniel Snape

Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, reviewed by Daniel Snape

  Michael L. Brown, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire (Excel Publishers, Dec 12, 2013), 418 pages. Authentic Fire is Dr. Michael Brown’s response to John MacArthur’s book Strange Fire. MacArthur’s Strange Fire launches a scathing attack on the Christian Charismatic Movement and so it comes as no surprise that champions of […]

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Kelly Kapic: A Little Book for New Theologians

Kelly Kapic: A Little Book for New Theologians

  Kelly M. Kapic, A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2012), 126 pages. Kelly Kapic, Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College, instructs the student of theology and offers a perspective of wisdom. As the name implies, it is a little book; my first leisurely […]

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Michael Brown's Authentic Fire, reviewed by Loren Sandford

Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, reviewed by Loren Sandford

  Michael L. Brown, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire (Excel Publishers, Dec 12, 2013), 418 pages. In my review of John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, I pointed out what I considered to be inexcusable intellectual dishonesty regarding the Charismatic Movement and its contributions to worldwide Christianity. Blanket statements were made with little […]

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The Rev. John L. Nevius: The Holy Spirit Gives a Lesson in Chinese

The Rev. John L. Nevius: The Holy Spirit Gives a Lesson in Chinese

Church historian William L. De Arteaga shows us that the supernatural aspects of missionary John Nevius’ ministry in China was suppressed and forgotten in the West.   When Protestant missionaries arrived in China early in the Nineteenth Century they had all been educated into cessationism. Part of this awful theology was the belief that exorcism […]

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How the Orthodox Church is Gaining Influence in Post-Communist Russia

How the Orthodox Church is Gaining Influence in Post-Communist Russia

  A review essay of John P. Burgess, “In-Churching Russia: Journeying Through the Efforts of Orthodoxy to Return Russia to Faith” First Things (May 2014), by Rachel Mock. The article “In-Churching Russia” by John P. Burgess not only helped me to reexamine my childhood as a Charismatic missionary kid in Moscow, but it also gave […]

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Jon Ruthven: What's Wrong with Protestant Theology?

Jon Ruthven: What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology?

  Jon Mark Ruthven, What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology? Tradition vs. Biblical Emphasis (Tulsa: Word and Spirit Press, 2013), 314 pages, ISBN 9780981952642. Books on Christian theology are often written by academic types: persons of seminary and university training, but with only marginal pastoral experience. This is not true of this work. Dr. Ruthven is […]

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