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Encouraging Pentecost: Pentecost Sunday 2016

Encouraging Pentecost: Pentecost Sunday 2016

This past Pentecost Sunday I was invited to preach at my old parish, Light of Christ Church, a charismatic Anglican church in Marietta, Georgia. I was utterly delighted, and determined that I would not only preach Pentecost, but encourage Pentecost. The four suggested readings were all on the Holy Spirit, except for the suggested Psalm. […]

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Fresh look at charismatic classic on Healing

Fresh look at charismatic classic on Healing

Evangelist David Hernandez reflects on the Spirit’s ministry of healing and the classic work by Francis Macnutt. Recently, I was at a crusade in a certain country where we saw many extraordinary things take place. Through the sound system in those nights, the gospel was preached to thousands. Then we began to pray for the […]

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The Holy Spirit and the Ministries of Jesus

The Holy Spirit and the Ministries of Jesus

Part 1 of an excerpt from Peter Ostrander’s book, New Testament Healing. The Holy Spirit and the Ministries of Jesus When Jesus spoke and acted with authority and with God’s power to heal the sick and disabled, he set people free from demonic oppression, then rebuked and stilled the storm on the Sea of Galilee. […]

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Believe in Miracles, But Follow Jesus

Believe in Miracles, But Follow Jesus

Bible teacher Eddie Hyatt briefly looks at the unhealthy emphasis some place on supernatural signs and wonders. He challenges us to “Follow Jesus and let the signs follow you.” If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the […]

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Prophecy in the Church: Pathway to Revival

Prophecy in the Church: Pathway to Revival

What Spirit-filled pastors and leaders need to know about prophecy in the church. For several years I regularly attended a local Pentecostal church. The pastor believed in all of the gifts of the Spirit and often prayed in tongues during the music ministry. However, on the rare occasions that anyone in the congregation prayed aloud […]

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Kenneth Cain Kinghorn: The New Testament Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Kenneth Cain Kinghorn: The New Testament Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Kenneth Cain Kinghorn, The New Testament Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Lexington: Emeth Press, 2005), 120 pages, ISBN 9780975543566. Kenneth C. Kinghorn, professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Asbury Seminary, herein offers a practical work for Christians. This book is not technical, nor necessarily academic in its orientation (though it is, of course, […]

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Spiritual Gifts 101

Spiritual Gifts 101

A guest article by Tracy Close, introducing you to the gifts of the Holy Spirit spoken of in the Bible. Charismata is the plural form of the Greek word charis, meaning grace. Charismata are the visible effects of grace in word or deed, known more commonly to us as spiritual gifts. Much has been written […]

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Ricky Roberts: Just When Did Spiritual Gifts Cease?

Ricky Roberts: Just When Did Spiritual Gifts Cease?

Ricky Roberts, Just When Did Spiritual Gifts Cease? (Florida: Creation House, 2003), 112 pages, ISBN 9781591852353. The basis of this short book is that the spiritual gifts have never ceased. Roberts divides his argument into scriptural and historical evidence. Roberts builds a case that the spiritual gifts were not intended to be temporary, (tied to […]

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The Bible’s Undertaker: Cessationism in Contrast to a Living, Miraculous Christianity

The Bible’s Undertaker: Cessationism in Contrast to a Living, Miraculous Christianity

Introduction Twentieth century Pentecostalism reawakened the world to miracles. The growth of this movement activated individuals in established religion to wrestle with a major player on the world scene of Christianity. Even so, as Pentecostalism expands, the cessationist view resuscitates a theological position that corresponds with the European intellectual development of the late seventeenth and […]

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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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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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Roger Olson: Embarrassed by the Supernatural?

Roger Olson: Embarrassed by the Supernatural?

Roger Olson, “Embarrassed by the Supernatural?” (April 29, 2015). Roger Olson’s challenge to Western Christianity about the power of God is a bold and biblical one. Questioning the status quo of our current version of traditional Christianity, he rightly believes that it has, “absorbed the worldview of modernity by relegating the supernatural, miracles, scientifically unexplainable […]

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Pentecost 2015

Pentecost 2015

Celebrate the beginning of the Church and the empowerment of God’s people this Pentecost Sunday by reading one of these articles from PneumaReview.com.   Craig S. Keener talks about the origin and meaning of Pentecost in the book of Acts by highlighting these seven points: the Promise of Pentecost, the Preparation for Pentecost, the Proofs […]

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Jordan Seng: Miracle Work

Jordan Seng: Miracle Work

Jordan Seng, Miracle Work: A Down-To-Earth Guide To Supernatural Ministry (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013), 224 pages, ISBN 9780830837649. Jordan Seng is the pastor of Bluewater Mission in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this book he addresses the subject of supernatural ministry. However, the book is not primarily a theological text in defense of the present-day miraculous […]

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