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Category: Winter 2014

John Levison: Filled with the Spirit

John Levison: Filled with the Spirit

John R. Levison, Filled with the Spirit (Eerdmans, 2009), 490 pages, ISBN 9780802863720. As Pentecostals and Charismatics, we are people who have been confronted by an intense experience of the Holy Spirit. This has led us to reappraise the importance we attach to the Holy Spirit within our Systematic Theologies, as well as reviewing our […]

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James Robinson: Divine Healing

James Robinson: Divine Healing

  James Robinson, Divine Healing: The Holiness-Pentecostal Transition Years, 1890-1906: Theological Transposition in the Transatlantic World (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013), 238 pages, ISBN 9781620324080. James Robinson’s second volume in his Divine Healing series is a major contribution to the study of Pentecostal origins in the Anglo-American world. An interesting and highly researched work, Divine […]

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In Conversation with Andrew Schmutzer, Part 3

In Conversation with Andrew Schmutzer, Part 3

  An interview with Andrew Schmutzer about The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, and part 1 of the chapter, “A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking Out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors” as appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2014.               Note from the […]

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Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Approach and Methodology

Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Approach and Methodology

Introduction Defining an ultimate Pentecostal hermeneutic is not an easy thing. This is because Pentecostalism by itself is a diverse phenomenon consisting of different types of groups. There is no homogeneity in Pentecostal grouping because different Pentecostal factions are established within different traditions,[1] even though the underlying theological formation is the same. This diversity in […]

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Winter 2014: Other Significant Articles

Winter 2014: Other Significant Articles

  Dale M. Coulter, “The Demons of African Pentecostalism” First Things (Jan 19 2014). http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/01/pentecostals-and-the-demonic   Dale M. Coulter, “Evangelicals, Pop Culture, and Mass Culture” First Things (Feb 2014). Monte Lee Rice pointed out this quotation: “by emphasizing the Spirit’s role in creation and redemption evangelical revivalism and its offshoot of the Pentecostal and charismatic […]

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Cleophus LaRue: I Believe I’ll Testify

Cleophus LaRue: I Believe I’ll Testify

Cleophus J. LaRue, I Believe I’ll Testify: The Art of African American Preaching (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2011), 160 pages, ISBN 9780664236779. In American black churches the most important qualification for the pastor is the ability to preach, according to author Cleophus J. LaRue (p. 57). This skill, he says, has remained important to […]

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Pneuma Review Winter 2014

Pneuma Review Winter 2014

The first exclusively digital edition of The Pneuma Review, Winter 2014 (17:1). In this issue: Are Pentecostals offering Strange Fire? In this issue, Pneuma Review begins its response to John MacArthur’s new book, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Thomas Nelson, 2013). Find all of these articles individually in […]

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Gordon Smith: Transforming Conversion

Gordon Smith: Transforming Conversion

Gordon T. Smith, Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010), 208 pages, ISBN 9780801032479. Gordon Smith’s book deals with a central piece of Pentecostal life: conversion. Thoughtfully read, it can deepen understanding and expectations of conversion, which in turn have evangelistic and pastoral implications. On the other […]

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Justification: Five Views

Justification: Five Views

James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy, eds., Justification: Five Views (Downers Grove, InterVarsity Press, 2011), 308 pages, ISBN 9780830839445. The concept of justification carries eternity on its shoulders as many endeavor to understand, explain and experience the nature of salvation and how we need it. Justification is a term one would assume that scholars […]

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The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, edited by Andrew J. Schmutzer

A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking Out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors, Part 1

Timid at first, tentative as it were, he began the long journey down the aisle toward the altar rail. I, too, began to walk, slowly, watching each step as I descended the stairs that led from the chancel to the nave and down the aisle. He was large-framed, older, with a look that I took […]

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Alan Berger: Trialogue and Terror

Alan Berger: Trialogue and Terror

  Alan L. Berger, ed., Trialogue and Terror: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam after 9/11 (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012), 288 pages, ISBN 9781608995462. Trialogue and Terror: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam after 9/11accomplishes several significant tasks for today’s critical interreligious discussion context. First, it points beyond general interreligious dialogue to the need for a particular […]

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Cecilia González-Andrieu: Bridge to Wonder

Cecilia González-Andrieu: Bridge to Wonder

Cecilia González-Andrieu, Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012) vii + 242, ISBN 9781602583511. In Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty Cuban-American theologian Cecilia González-Andrieu seeks to span the gulf between art and Christian theology through the image of the “revelatory and transforming beauty” […]

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Ralph Martin: Will Many Be Saved? reviewed by Amos Yong

Ralph Martin: Will Many Be Saved? reviewed by Amos Yong

Ralph Martin, Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization (Grand Rapids and Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012), xvi + 316 pages, ISBN 9780802868879. Ralph Martin should be no stranger to those with some historical experience in or perspective on the charismatic renewal, especially […]

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Ben Witherington: A Week in the Life of Corinth

Ben Witherington: A Week in the Life of Corinth

Ben Witherington III, A Week in the Life of Corinth (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012), 158 pages, 9780830839629 Thirty years ago, I read James Michener’s novel, The Covenant. Like so many of his historical novels, it is marked by well-researched and detailed historical background. Many twists and turns of the inter-generational plot line have […]

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