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Winter 2009: Suggested Reading

Winter 2009: Suggested Reading

    Suggestions for Further Reading Ed Stetzer, “Writing on the Wall: The Future of the Church and Its Mission” Enrichment (Spring 2008), pages 36-41. http://enrichmentjournal.ag.org/200802/200802_036_Writing.cfm   Scot McKnight, “The Ironic Faith of Emergents: McLaren shows us not only where ‘post-evangelicals’ are going, but also how they get there.” Christianity Today (September 2008). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/september/39.62.html   […]

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Randall Stephens: The Fire Spreads

Randall Stephens: The Fire Spreads

  Randall J. Stephens, The Fire Spreads: Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South (Cambridge: Harvard University, 2008), 393 pages, ISBN 9780674026728. Classical Pentecostalism has often been described as a religion of the American South. Much of the story of the origins of Pentecostalism, however, and the precise influences of the South that shaped the […]

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Donald Sunukjian: Invitation To Biblical Preaching

Donald Sunukjian: Invitation To Biblical Preaching

  Donald R. Sunukjian, Invitation To Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance (Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic & Professional, 2007), 375 pages, ISBN 9780825436666. This book is about the application of the Biblical text—moving from the Biblical text to where people live today, “the take home truth.” This book is very good on pulpit […]

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Eric Redmond: Where Are All the Brothers?

Eric Redmond: Where Are All the Brothers?

  Eric Redmond, Where Are All the Brothers?: Straight Answers to Men’s Questions about the Church (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 112 pages, ISBN 9781433501784. Where Are All The Brothers? Growing up in the Black church, I asked myself the question, more than once. The follow-on question is just as hard: “If there aren’t any men here, […]

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Dean Merrill: Damage Control

Dean Merrill: Damage Control

  Dean Merrill, Damage Control: How to Stop Making Jesus Look Bad (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2006), 174 pages, ISBN 9780801065651. From the journalist and author of Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church (1997) comes yet another volume which speaks to the too often “narrow-minded, exclusionary, and pushy” (back cover) presentation of […]

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A Movement Actually on the Move: An Appreciative Response to An Evangelical Manifesto

A Movement Actually on the Move: An Appreciative Response to An Evangelical Manifesto

  There seems to be a move by some Evangelicals to engage more effectively today’s culture and society. This has been building for some time. Neither do these appear to be isolated incidents. Several Evangelicals are moving in similar directions. “An Evangelical Manifesto: A Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment” (see www.evangelicalmanifesto.com) is an […]

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Paul Elbert: Pastoral Letter to Theo

Paul Elbert: Pastoral Letter to Theo

  Paul Elbert, Pastoral Letter to Theo: An Introduction to Interpretation and Women’s Ministries (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2008), xxiv + 97 pages, ISBN 9781556355462. Is it possible that basic hermeneutical principles are violated in an effort to be politically correct in modern society? Some women have felt betrayed or underutilized in the church […]

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Becoming All Things, Spoiling the Egyptians, and Occupying Culture till Christ Comes

Becoming All Things, Spoiling the Egyptians, and Occupying Culture till Christ Comes

Reflections on the Recent Postmodernism Conversation: Pastor Tony Richie wraps up our discussion on how the church should respond to postmodernism.     Introduction and Overview The editorial staff of Pneuma Review (PR) is to be commended for its facilitation of this conversation about “Postmodernism, the Church and the Future” through a series of interactive […]

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Is postmodernism the antithesis of modernism?

Is postmodernism the antithesis of modernism?

In the Fall 2008 issue, a reader wrote to Robert Huckleberry about his review of Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis that appeared in the Summer 2008 issue:   I don’t think you have defined postmodernism or modernism well. You say that “postmodernism counters modernism as its antithesis.”  Knowing that you did not have space for an […]

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Daniel Harrell: The 30-Day Leviticus Challenge

Daniel Harrell: The 30-Day Leviticus Challenge

  Daniel Harrell, “The 30-Day Leviticus Challenge: One church’s experiment in living the most arcane book of the Bible” Christianity Today (August 2008), pages 30-33. Many years ago I had the rich experience of visiting the historic Park Street Congregational Church in Boston, Massachusetts. I was amazed to sit in one of America’s early churches […]

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Ajith Fernando: The Call to Joy and Pain

Ajith Fernando: The Call to Joy and Pain

   Ajith Fernando, The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007), 192 pages, ISBN 9781581348880. The Call to Joy and Pain by Ajith Fernando is a provocative analysis of the issue of pain and suffering. While he does not treat the cosmic problem of the reason for suffering in […]

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A Social Anthropologist's Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 2

A Social Anthropologist’s Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 2

  How do doctors respond to claims of healing? Are there any lasting social effects when people experience divine healing?   Physical and Spiritual Phenomena Since John White is contributing a chapter to this book concerning the physical manifestations which sometimes seem to accompany the working of the Holy Spirit, here I shall confine myself […]

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Youngmo Cho: Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul

Youngmo Cho: Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul

  Youngmo Cho, Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul: An Attempt to Reconcile these Concepts (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2005), 254 pages, ISBN 9781842273166. Youngmo Cho (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is currently an assistant professor of New Testament studies at Asia LIFE University, in South Korea. He has formerly been a pastor […]

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Marty Stevens: Temples, Tithes, and Taxes

Marty Stevens: Temples, Tithes, and Taxes

  Marty E. Stevens, Temples, Tithes, and Taxes: The Temple and the Economic Life of Ancient Israel (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006), 209 pages, ISBN 9781565639348. Marty Stevens’s Temples, Tithes, and Taxes is a wonderful book on a subject that can be really difficult. We all owe a tremendous debt to those who wade through the […]

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