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Category: Winter 2005

Gerald Hovenden: Speaking in Tongues

Gerald Hovenden: Speaking in Tongues

  Gerald Hovenden, Speaking in Tongues: The New Testament Evidence in Context (Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002), 181 pages. In this book Hovenden provides a well balanced and informed study into a phenomenon that is gaining increasing interest and acceptance within the Christian community. What started has a distinctive among Pentecostals in the early […]

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The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 16: Matthew 21:1-46, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 16: Matthew 21:1-46, by Kevin M. Williams

Does Messiah pay taxes? Journey through the Gospel to the Hebrews with Kevin Williams and find out. And when they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied […]

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Craig S. Keener, Gift & Giver

Craig S. Keener’s Gift & Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today, reviewed by Wolfgang Vondey

Craig S. Keener, Gift & Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2001), 224 pages. Craig Keener, a New Testament professor at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has already made a name for himself in the world of biblical studies. The present work on the Holy Spirit will undoubtedly introduce his name also […]

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Cornelius G. Hunter: Darwin's Proof, reviewed by Amos Yong

Cornelius G. Hunter: Darwin’s Proof, reviewed by Amos Yong

  Cornelius G. Hunter, Darwin’s Proof: The Triumph of Religion over Science (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003), 168 pages, ISBN 9781587430565. The volume under review is a sequel to Hunter’s Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil (Brazos Press, 2001). The central thesis of the former book is that the theory—rather than fact—of evolution […]

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Larry Martin: The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour

Larry Martin: The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour

  Larry Martin, The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour: and a history of the Azusa Street Revival (Joplin, MO: Christian Life Books, 1999), 384 pages, ISBN 9780964628946. Dr. Larry Martin’s book The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour is a valuable contribution to Pentecostal studies as the first volume in his series […]

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Richard Longenecker: Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today

Richard Longenecker: Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today

  Richard N. Longenecker, ed., Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2002), 251 + xix pages, ISBN 9780801046964. The new believer is not likely to progress far in his or her spiritual walk before coming across someone calling the church today to return to our New […]

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The Healing Promise, A Charismatic Response

The Healing Promise, A Charismatic Response

In this review essay from the Winter 2005 issue, Pastor Graham Old reviews the book The Healing Promise by cessationist Richard Mayhue.   Richard Mayhue, The Healing Promise: Is it always God’s will to heal? (Christian Focus Publications, 2001), 228 pages. Richard Mayhue states that his purpose in writing this book is to “develop a […]

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Earl Creps: Fighting the Future

Earl Creps: Fighting the Future

  Earl Creps, “Fighting the Future: What’s in store for the charismatic/Pentecostal movement: adaptation or extinction?” Ministries Today (Jul/Aug 2004), pages 50-54. A fight for survival? An exciting challenge? The culture in North America has experienced a significant shift. Many call this new philosophy of life “postmodernism,” even if using such labels recall the old […]

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The Johannine Anointing: Focusing on Truth

The Johannine Anointing: Focusing on Truth

  In 1977, after a consideration of all New Testament literature, J. K. Moon gave this classic Pentecostal/charismatic, albeit eclectic, definition of the anointing: The anointing is the special presence of the Holy Spirit in the life and ministry of God’s servant which produces an inspiring awareness of the divine presence. His entire faculties are […]

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James K. A. Smith: Speech and Theology

James K. A. Smith: Speech and Theology

  James K. A. Smith, Speech and Theology: Language and the Logic of the Incarnation, Radical Orthodoxy Series (London and New York: Routledge, 2002), 186 pages, ISBN 9780415276962. The book is more complex than its title suggests. Speech and theology is a splendid inquiry into the question: how we can speak about God. More precisely, […]

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Rightly Understanding God's Word: Bible Background, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Bible Background, Part 2, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2005. Examples of Using Cultural Background continued from Fall 2004.  7. The Kingdom Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 Many pagans added up as many names of their deities as possible, reminding the deities of all their sacrifices and […]

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Coming in the Spring 2005 (8:2) Issue

Coming in the Spring 2005 (8:2) Issue

  Messianic teacher Kevin Williams continues his Messianic Foundations Series with the seventeenth chapter in a series on the Gospel of Matthew. Kevin will examine more of Jesus’ leadership and identity in the parables, taught as the days of his execution and resurrection draw near. Be sure to read every installment of this unique commentary […]

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Winter 2005: Other Significant Articles

Winter 2005: Other Significant Articles

    Jim Montgomery, “Incarnating Jesus Christ includes the Supernatural” Dawn Report 54 (June 2004), pages 1-2. Jim Montgomery, founder of DAWN (Discipling A Whole Nation), writes: “While the west sees only occasional sprinkles of the miraculous power of God, much of the rest world is experiencing a downpour. To truly live out the life […]

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