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Clive Calver: Descending Like a Dove

Clive Calver: Descending Like a Dove

  Clive Calver, Descending Like a Dove: The Truth About the Holy Spirit (Lake Mary, FL: Charisma House, 2004) 177 pages, ISBN 1591852900. More than 20 years ago, David Wilkerson voiced concern about a “Christless Pentecost.”1 Today, the concern is about a Spiritless Pentecost, a charismatic experience that treats the Holy Spirit as a “silent […]

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Rick Richardson: Experiencing Healing Prayer

Rick Richardson: Experiencing Healing Prayer

  Rick Richardson, Experiencing Healing Prayer: How God Turns Our Hurts into Wholeness (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005), 249 pages, ISBN 0830832572. Introduction In his new book, Experiencing Healing Prayer, author Rick Richardson contends that true biblical healing is much more than the removal of physical pain or the alleviation of a physical disease. Instead, […]

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Recent Cessationist Arguments: Has the Storm Center Moved?

Recent Cessationist Arguments: Has the Storm Center Moved?

  John C. Poirier looks at recent trends regarding those Christians who say the supernatural gifts of the Spirit have ceased, and what their arguments are today.   As I write this, cessationism is in the news for an apparent slippage in its subscription base: on June 1, 2007, the Research Division of LifeWay (the […]

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Power Ministry In The Epistles

Power Ministry In The Epistles

Walter R. Bodine, “Power Ministry In The Epistles: A Reply to the Evangelical Cessationist Position.”* In his review of four books favorable to the so-called “signs and wonders” movement Tim Stafford voices an objection that is frequently raised. It is the assertion that “… the New Testament epistles show such slight interest in miracles … […]

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Prophetic Ministry: an interview with John Paul Jackson

Prophetic Ministry: an interview with John Paul Jackson

    Do you think that the Christian church as a whole is becoming more receptive to prophetic ministry? Yes, I do believe that is happening. I say that for several reasons, four of which I’d like to address here. The first is obvious to me personally—I am speaking in many more denominational settings. Ten […]

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Graham Cooke: Prophecy & Responsibility

Graham Cooke: Prophecy & Responsibility

  Graham Cooke, Prophecy & Responsibility: A Journey into Receiving Revelation and the Process of Godly Communication (Brilliant Book House, 2007), 230 pages. Prophecy & Responsibility is the second book in Graham Cooke’s six book Prophetic Equipping Series. The first volume is titled Approaching The Heart Of Prophecy: A Journey Into Encouragement, Blessing And Prophetic […]

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Loren Sandford: Understanding Prophetic People

Loren Sandford: Understanding Prophetic People

R. Loren Sandford, Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift (Grand Rapids, MI, Chosen Books, 2007), 240 pages. R. Loren Sandford is pastor of New Song Fellowship in Denver, Colorado; he is also the son of John Loren Sandford, co-founder of the Elijah House. Pastor Sandford is himself prophetic and grew up […]

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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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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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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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Festus Akinnifesi: Divine Healing

Festus Akinnifesi: Divine Healing

  Festus Akinnifesi, Divine Healing: A Biblical Solution to Sound Health (Longwood, FL: Xulon Press, 2005), 344 pages. When it comes to the subject of divine healing, there is too much fear, a lack of knowledge, and a tendency toward extremes, according to Dr. Festus Akinnifesi. But the day is coming, he believes, when the […]

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Loren Sandford: Purifying the Prophetic

Loren Sandford: Purifying the Prophetic

    R. Loren Sandford, Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-Fulfillment (Grand Rapids: Chosen, 2005), 203 pages. Loren Sandford writes with a twofold purpose: He seeks to confront the culture of self-centered Christianity and to refocus the Charismatic Church on the work and the imitation of Christ. He speaks with a […]

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Otis Fisher: The Role of the Spirit in the World and Life

Otis Fisher: The Role of the Spirit in the World and Life

  Otis L. Fisher, The Role of the Spirit in the World and Life: How God is Immanent in His Creation (Longwood, FL: Xulon Press, 2004), 159 pages. Otis L. Fisher, associate pastor in Churchville, VA and graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, writing to a broad Christian audience has undertaken a greatly needed task—establishing a […]

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