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Category: Winter 2011

How to Lead a Missional Church that Expands God's Kingdom

How to Lead a Missional Church that Expands God’s Kingdom

  How should we lead the church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Dr. Victor H. Cuartas describes how to expand the vision of the local church to reach the world.   Introduction God’s plans for His beloved Church are marvelous. One of the most important aspects in the life of the church is leadership. Leadership […]

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Craig Keener: He Still Heals

Craig Keener: He Still Heals

  Craig S. Keener, “He Still Heals” Charisma (August 2010), pages 52-55. Have you experienced a miraculous healing? This brief article contains reports of significant healings and miracles from around the world, including: the Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines. Among the miracles mentioned are people being raised from the dead, something Craig […]

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Marvin Olasky: The Tragedy of American Compassion

Marvin Olasky: The Tragedy of American Compassion

  Marvin Olasky, The Tragedy of American Compassion (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2008), 299 pages, ISBN 9781433501104. Under review is the second unrevised edition of The Tragedy of American Compassion originally published in 1992. There is good reason for a second unrevised edition. The circumstances described by Olasky in this history of social work and […]

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Jim Wallis: Rediscovering Values

Jim Wallis: Rediscovering Values

  Jim Wallis, Rediscovering Values On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street: A Moral Compass for the New Economy (New York, NY: Howard Books, 2010), ix + 255 pages, ISBN 9781439183120. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff, was quoted as saying, “You don’t ever want to let a crisis go to waste; […]

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Exploring Ecclesiology

Exploring Ecclesiology

Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2009), 336 pages, ISBN 9781587431739. Exploring Ecclesiology promises “an evangelical and ecumenical introduction” to the doctrine of the church. This subtitle to the otherwise aptly entitled book is multi-faceted and, judging from the nature of the book, intentionally so. […]

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Kenneth Berding: What Are Spiritual Gifts?

Kenneth Berding: What Are Spiritual Gifts?

  Kenneth Berding, What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking The Conventional View (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006), 368 pages, ISBN 9780825421242. After reading and re-reading this book (4 times now), I would like to thank Dr. Berding for putting together this in-depth single volume reference of the traditional spiritual gifts. There are 129 pages of appendices and […]

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Performance in Preaching

Performance in Preaching

  Jana Childers and Clayton J. Schmit, eds., Performance in Preaching: Bringing the Sermon to Life (Baker Academic, 2008), 256 pages, ISBN 9780801036132. While whole libraries of books have been written on the preparation of sermons, the art of successfully delivering them is much less studied. In this collection of articles, leading scholars on the […]

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Walter Kaiser: Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament

Walter Kaiser: Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament

  Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the Church (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003), 222 pages, ISBN 9780801026102. How do you preach a lament? A proverb? A law? Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., former president of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, answers these questions and more in this book. […]

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Michael Milco: Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership

Michael Milco: Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership

  Michael R. Milco, Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership: Case Studies in Biblical Decision Making (Kregel Academic & Professional, 1997), 192 pages, ISBN 9780825431975. Are you facing a crisis? Need to make a sensitive decision? How you aware of how your personality affects how you make difficult decisions? Ethical Dilemmas In Church Leadership is an […]

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David Jensen: The Lord and Giver of Life

David Jensen: The Lord and Giver of Life

David H. Jensen, ed., The Lord and Giver of Life: Perspectives on Constructive Pneumatology (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2008), xvii + 189 pages, ISBN 9780664231675. In the published world of often confusing or even misleading titles and subtitles, this collection offers clearly what its title promises: perspectives on constructive pneumatology. The authors of the ten […]

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Deliverance Ministry in an African Cultural Perspective, by Jim Harries

Deliverance Ministry in an African Cultural Perspective, by Jim Harries

Editor’s Preface: When The Pneuma Review asked seasoned missionary Jim Harries to explain what “vulnerable mission” is, he wrote an article showing us how one aspect of understanding the host culture can change everything for a foreign missionary. Introduction Can there be appropriate deliverance ministry in Africa? The viability of deliverance ministry in sub-Saharan Africa […]

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Cindy Jacobs: The Reformation Manifesto

Cindy Jacobs: The Reformation Manifesto

  Cindy Jacobs, The Reformation Manifesto: Your Part in God’s Plan to Change the Nations Today (Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany House, 2008), 238 pages, ISBN 9780764205026. Texan Cindy Jacobs is an international leader in the modern prayer movement. With her husband, Mike, she founded Generals International which works to achieve social transformation through intercession and prophetic […]

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James Dunn: The Living Word

James Dunn: The Living Word

   James D.G. Dunn, The Living Word, second edition (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2009), 224 pages, ISBN 9780800663551. James Dunn, professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and noteworthy New Testament scholar, advances the conversation between fundamental and liberal viewpoints on the authority, infallibility, and the inspiration of the Bible. As a second edition, Dunn […]

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Winter 2011: Other Significant

Winter 2011: Other Significant

  Ajith Fernando, “To Serve Is to Suffer: If the apostle Paul knew fatigue, anger, and anxiety in his ministry, what makes us think we can avoid them in ours?” Christianity Today (August 2010), pages 30-33. Ajith Fernando, Bible teacher from Sri Lanka, prophetically reminds Christian leaders of the West about the forgotten place of […]

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