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Category: Summer 2007

Introducing Francis and Judith MacNutt, by William De Arteaga

Introducing Francis and Judith MacNutt, by William De Arteaga

Now in his eighties, Dr. Francis MacNutt has been one of the giants of the Christian healing ministry for almost four decades. His books Healing (1974), Deliverance from Evil Spirits (1995), and Overcome by the Spirit (1990) are, I believe, still the best introductions to healing, deliverance, and manifestations of the Spirit. His writings have […]

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A Conversation with Francis and Judith MacNutt, Interview by David Kyle Foster

A Conversation with Francis and Judith MacNutt, Interview by David Kyle Foster

David: What is your first memory of knowing God? Francis: As far back as I can remember I believed in God. I went with my dad to church every Sunday. I was always serious about God and very intent on wanting to do His will.   David: How did that evolve into a call to […]

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From Babel to Pentecost: Proclamation, Translation, and the Risk of the Spirit

From Babel to Pentecost: Proclamation, Translation, and the Risk of the Spirit

    Can postmodernism tell us something about how the church is to function, how we tell the story of Jesus, and how the Spirit works in our lives?   The wind (pneuma) blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. […]

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Following Christ's: Example A Biblical View of Discipleship

Following Christ’s: Example A Biblical View of Discipleship

  Jesus’ pattern for making disciples can show us how to live and minister today.   Is the Church both to bear Jesus’ kingdom message and exercise his kingdom ministry by casting out demons and healing the sick? The answer of some is an emphatic “no”! For them, the time of Christ and the apostles […]

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Crystal Downing: How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith

Crystal Downing: How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith

  Crystal L. Downing, How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith: Questioning Truth in Language, Philosophy and Art (Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 240 pages. Crystal Downing has navigated through the mire of misinformation and mangled terminology to present to her reader a clear understanding of what postmodernity is and is not. More importantly, she has […]

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Daniel Jennings: The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley

Daniel Jennings: The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley

  Daniel R. Jennings, The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley (Oklahoma City: SEAN Multimedia, 2005), 155 pages. This is a book I wanted to write but never did. In seminary in the 80s, I realized with increasing clarity and conviction contemporary Pentecostalism’s unspeakable debt to the incredible career of the Rev. Mr. John Wesley. I […]

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Summer 2007: Suggested Reading

Summer 2007: Suggested Reading

  Suggestions for Further Reading Readers have suggested the following as places to find good articles online for further reading on this important subject.   Crystal Downing, “Yolking With Postmodernism: Where is postmodern culture headed? Two recent films, Chicken Run and The X-Men, suggest a neo-Romantic turn” Books & Culture (October 9, 2000). http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/webexclusives/2000/october/oct09.html Scot […]

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Ronald Baxter: Charismatic Gift of Tongues, reviewed by Tony Richie

Ronald Baxter: Charismatic Gift of Tongues, reviewed by Tony Richie

  Pastor-scholar Tony Richie takes on a cessationist critic of glossolalia.   Ronald E. Baxter, Charismatic Gift of Tongues (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1981), 149 pages. I can think of only two reasons why anyone would want to read this book: as an unavoidable assignment for a book review or to shore up shallow prejudice against […]

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David Bebbington: The Dominance of Evangelicalism

David Bebbington: The Dominance of Evangelicalism

  David Bebbington, The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005), 288 pages, ISBN 9780830825837. In The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody, David Bebbington provides an outstanding introduction to modern evangelicalism by tracing its origins. In most treatments of the subject the distinguishing characteristic […]

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Graham Cooke: Approaching The Heart Of Prophecy

Graham Cooke: Approaching The Heart Of Prophecy

  Graham Cooke, Approaching The Heart Of Prophecy: A Journey Into Encouragement, Blessing And Prophetic Gifting (Winston-Salem, NC: Punch Press, 2006), 282 pages, ISBN 9780977080786. Graham Cooke’s new book Approaching The Heart Of Prophecy: A Journey Into Encouragement, Blessing And Prophetic Gifting is volume one of what will be a six book set known as […]

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Sam Van Eman: On Earth as It Is In Advertising

Sam Van Eman: On Earth as It Is In Advertising

  Sam Van Eman, On Earth as It Is In Advertising: Moving From Commercial Hype to Gospel Hope (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2005), 191 pages. Introduction Advertising is one of the most powerful forces to be reckoned with in today’s society. Thanks to modern technology, it is even stronger and more intrusive as it frequently […]

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Thomas Long: Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible

Thomas Long: Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible

  Thomas G. Long, Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1989), 144 pages. I recommend this book to all preachers who are serious about being true to the specific genres within the Scriptural text. Applying the principles in this book will help you in your preaching ministry and open up […]

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From the Editor's Desk: Summer 2007

From the Editor’s Desk: Summer 2007

  from the editor’s desk In the Spring 2007 issue we announced that Kevin M. Williams would begin a new series investigating the person and work of the Holy Spirit in the Hebrew Scriptures. Kevin has expressed to the editorial committee the difficulty in researching this theologically-heavy subject. Due to his present schedule, he has […]

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Philip Jenkins: Companions of Life

Philip Jenkins: Companions of Life

  Philip Jenkins, “Companions of Life: A Supple Faith” Christian Vision Project, Books & Culture 13:2 (March/April 2007), pages 9-18. Philip Jenkins, professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, is one of the most invigorating voices currently investigating the present state and future fate of global Christianity. Having read his work (e.g., […]

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