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Category: Summer 2015

Jack Levison: Fresh Air

Jack Levison: Fresh Air

Jack Levison, Fresh Air: the Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press: 2012), 217 pages, 9781612610689. Jack Levison, in his work Fresh Air: the Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life, aims to clear a foggy, often caricatured view of the Holy Spirit in today’s church. Does one feel a move of the […]

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Help Starving Widows with Children in India

Help Starving Widows with Children in India

Vision: About a year and a half ago the Lord gave me a vision on how we can help young Christian widows with small children in India. India has millions of young widows, some are Christians. Need: Indian widows live on less than $1.00 per day and usually have one meal per day and their […]

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Scott Rodin: The Steward Leader

Scott Rodin: The Steward Leader

R. Scott Rodin, The Steward Leader: Transforming People, Organizations and Communities (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2010), 197 pages, ISBN 9780830838783. The Steward Leader begins by telling the reader that the book is not about the “how” of leadership but about the “who”—who God is and who we are as stewards in God’s kingdom. Author Scott […]

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International Society of Biblical Literature meeting 2015

International Society of Biblical Literature meeting 2015

Pastor Cletus Hull tells us about the International Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am back from my trip to Argentina and I had a great experience. The Meeting was held from July 19-26, 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   The paper was titled “The Pneumatology of Paul in 1 Corinthians […]

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The Preeminence of Life: Towards an African Christian Cosmology in Intercultural Context

The Preeminence of Life: Towards an African Christian Cosmology in Intercultural Context

A fresh look at how emphasizing full life can transform how we do mission. Without life all else that may be considered of value is nothing. African people are not easily convinced of the hegemony of science that seems to sideline life itself. Once undermined, the rather groundless assumption that life only exists in a […]

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Jerusalem 2015 Empowered 21 Global Congress: Renewing the Revelation of a Worldwide Pentecostal Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Jerusalem 2015 Empowered 21 Global Congress: Renewing the Revelation of a Worldwide Pentecostal Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Some 4,500 Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians from approximately seventy nations gathered in Jerusalem May 20-25, 2015 to reaffirm and clarify the Pentecostal truth restored to the Body of Christ in the first part of the 20th century and to pass the vision of the Pentecostal revival and world missions to the next generation. This revival began April […]

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Peter Marina: Getting the Holy Ghost

Peter Marina: Getting the Holy Ghost

Sociology and the Spirit: a review of Peter Marina’s Getting the Holy Ghost by Joy Allan. Peter Marina, Getting the Holy Ghost: Urban Ethnography in a Brooklyn Pentecostal Tongue-Speaking Church (Lexington Books, 2014), 322 pages, ISBN 9781498503563. A snapshot: A young man sits alone in an office, adaptable, patient, ready to listen. He is aware […]

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A Faith Encompassing All Creation, reviewed by Stephen Vantassel

A Faith Encompassing All Creation, reviewed by Stephen Vantassel

Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker, eds., A Faith Encompassing All Creation: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Care for the Environment, The Peaceable Kingdom Series (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014). A Faith Encompassing All of Creation is the third book in The Peaceable Kingdom Series. The editors state that the purpose of the […]

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Pursuing the Possibility of Peace with Iran

Pursuing the Possibility of Peace with Iran

Reading news that diplomats say they have an agreement that would block Iran from developing nuclear weapons and prevent another war, my mind went back to the 1979 hostage crisis. As a 19-years-old American, I was so outraged by the treatment of our diplomats that I enlisted in the Navy to prepare for the coming […]

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Doing Business in Africa: How Culture Changes How We Work Together

Doing Business in Africa: How Culture Changes How We Work Together

If we want to break the dependency cycle, we must better understand the cultural context where we want to do business and ministry.   Abstract Failure to take insufficient cognisance of local contexts leads to outsiders’ encouraging business in Africa resulting in a trail of dependency. Pertinent differences between African and Western contexts addressed in […]

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Pavel Hejzlar: Two Paradigms for Divine Healing

Pavel Hejzlar: Two Paradigms for Divine Healing

Pavel Hejzlar, Two Paradigms for Divine Healing: Fred F. Bosworth, Kenneth E. Hagin, Agnes Sanford, and Francis Macnutt In Dialogue (Brill, 2010), 289 pages, ISBN 9789004178328. This work provides an analysis of the healing theologies by four major players in the 20th century. F. F. Bosworth and Kenneth Hagin are put forward as leading influences […]

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Fire From Heaven: an interview with Harvey Cox

Fire From Heaven: an interview with Harvey Cox

John Lathrop interviewed Harvey Cox at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1996 about his book, Fire From Heaven.   What prompted you to write a book about the Pentecostal Movement? Two things prompted me. One was my discovery which came through my great interest in urban ministry. This discovery was that although the […]

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Pentecost and Harvard

Pentecost and Harvard

Pentecost and Harvard. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? If we allow stereotypes to prevail, the two seem to be in direct contradiction to each other. Harvard has a reputation of being a very wealthy school with high academic standards. Pentecostals, on the other hand, at least in the past, were viewed largely as uneducated and from […]

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While on a quest to find some books

While on a quest to find some books

Ever been looking for a hard-to-find book? Whether you find it or not, you’re sure to learn something.   In a recent conversation, I wrote to Darrin Rodgers with a question about some hard-to-find titles by early charismatic authors. Just like the abundant research resources of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center where he is the […]

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