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Category: Spring 2017

Spreading from the Frontiers: Another Look at the Gospel in the Medieval Church

Spreading from the Frontiers: Another Look at the Gospel in the Medieval Church

Wars without end, daily terror, displacement of entire populations: Can the medieval Church help us understand how to respond to our troubles today? What relationship should there be between the Church and political power? What should we make of how monks lived out their understanding of the good news of Jesus on the margins of […]

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Larry Hurtado: Destroyer of the Gods

Larry Hurtado: Destroyer of the Gods

Larry W. Hurtado, Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016), 304 pages, ISBN 9781481304740. Larry Hurtado is well known for his books on Christ-devotion among the earliest Christians, and for his text-critical work on the New Testament. In this new book, which began life as a […]

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Why believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?

Why believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?

 Messianic teacher Kevin Williams offers a compelling reason to trust in God alone. First, I must confess that I believed in God at a very young age. Only the Almighty knows who the two men were who visited my house those many years ago. I came home from the park one summer’s eve to find […]

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Cindy Wooden: Pope Plans Pentecost Celebrations with Charismatics and Pentecostals

Cindy Wooden: Pope Plans Pentecost Celebrations with Charismatics and Pentecostals

Cindy Wooden, “Pope Plans Pentecost Celebrations with Charismatics and Pentecostals” Crux (May 2, 2017). This very brief article in the Catholic journal Crux reveals that Pope Francis is hosting a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beginnings of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR hereafter). He admitted that when the CCR first came to Argentina […]

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James K. A. Smith: You Are What You Love

James K. A. Smith: You Are What You Love

James K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (Brazos Press, 2016), 224 pages, ISBN 9781587433801. James K.A. Smith is a philosophy professor at Calvin College and author of many books and articles. He has designed this book to focus on two distinct aspects of Christian life, the things we […]

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William De Arteaga: Pentecostal (and Anglican) Plays (and Postscripts)

William De Arteaga: Pentecostal (and Anglican) Plays (and Postscripts)

William De Arteaga, Pentecostal (and Anglican) Plays (and Postscripts) (CreateSpace, 2017), 148 pages,  ISBN 9781544150888. Those who only know Bill De Arteaga from his scholarly work will find this little book, less than 150 pages, to be a delightful romp. Unlike his columns in The Pneuma Review or previously published books these two scripts are […]

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Jelle Creemers: Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals

Jelle Creemers: Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals

Jelle Creemers, Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals: Challenges and Opportunities, Ecclesiological Investigations 23 (New York and London: Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2015), x + 320 pages. The Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue has completed five rounds since it was launched in 1971. Each round has consisted of weeklong or so meetings for five or more years, followed […]

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His Move, His Touch

His Move, His Touch

Are you in a desperate circumstance and can’t see a way out? This devotional study from Kirk Hunt will encourage you and help you focus on Jesus. The Story 22And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet 23and begged Him […]

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Exploring the African Seedbed in Biblical History, Christian Theology and Spirituality

Exploring the African Seedbed in Biblical History, Christian Theology and Spirituality

Dr. Antipas L. Harris (Twitter: @drantipas ) moderated the Global Think Tank on “Exploring the African Seedbed in Biblical History, Christian Theology and Spirituality” at the 2017 Bishop TD Jakes International Pastors and Leadership Conference. More than 8,000 people attended. The response to the Global Think Tank has been outstanding! People are very interested in […]

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Leadership and Gardening

Leadership and Gardening

Pastor and ministry coach, Dan Reiland, says there are important lessons to be learned in the garden about leadership. My brother Lan is the one in the family with a green thumb. He and his wife Stacey live in Southern California, and their yard is a registered wildlife habitat. When he first told me, I […]

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Resources for Churches: Raising Awareness about Child Sexual Abuse

Resources for Churches: Raising Awareness about Child Sexual Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and I invite you to avail yourself of some excellent resources being offered by the Church Law & Tax Report. Richard R. Hammar, “Child Sexual Abuse: Far too many churches are legally vulnerable” Church Law & Tax Report (March-April 2016). Samuel Ogles, “Answering Church Leaders’ Common Questions About […]

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Salt, Light, a City Set on a Hill

Salt, Light, a City Set on a Hill

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), Jesus teaches that His followers are the “salt of the earth;” “the light of the world;” and “a city set on a hill.” For the past several months, I have pondered what Jesus means.   Salt of the earth When we season food with salt, the salt […]

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Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons: Gnostic Fighter and Unifying Theologian

Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons: Gnostic Fighter and Unifying Theologian

Pastor Derek Vreeland gives a brief introduction to an important early church father.   Early Life Little is known about the early life of Irenaeus (c. 130-202). He was born into a Christian home in Asia Minor in modern-day Turkey. Most Catholic histories claim that he was born in Smyrna. (The dates of his birth […]

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Sam Storms: Practicing the Power

Sam Storms: Practicing the Power

Sam Storms, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017), 272 pages, ISBN 9780310533849 In Practicing the Power Sam Storms addresses issues related to the exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the church. The subject of spiritual gifts is not a new […]

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