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Category: Winter 2016

Steven Felix-Jager: Pentecostal Aesthetics

Steven Felix-Jager: Pentecostal Aesthetics

Steven Félix-Jäger, Pentecostal Aesthetics: Theological Reflections in a Pentecostal Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies 16 (Leiden: Brill, 2015) ISBN 9789004285637. Hardly a Christian tradition is more obsessed with the physical and embodied forms of the Christian life than Pentecostalism. The Pentecostal movement manifests a change among contemporary religious traditions in […]

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Apocalyptic literature, a double review by Amos Yong

Apocalyptic literature, a double review by Amos Yong

Frederick J. Murphy, Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World: A Comprehensive Introduction (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012), xviii + 429 pages. Bruce Chilton, Visions of the Apocalypse: Receptions of John’s Revelation in Western Imagination (Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2013). vi + 169 pages. These two books are very different – length-wise, style, and […]

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Getting Your Church Unstuck From Growth Hindrances

Getting Your Church Unstuck From Growth Hindrances

Pastor Dan Brown offers practical suggestions for taking your church to the next level of significance. Most of us have been stuck somewhere, somehow—in the desert sand off the main road; up a tree we climbed in our pre-adolescence; or, on a tricky algebra problem. But somehow, someway we got unstuck. When our tires spun […]

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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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Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Three

Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Three

Craig S. Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 3, 15:1-23:35 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014), xxxix + 2193-3348, ISBN 9780801048388. Those familiar with Craig Keener’s works will understand when I characterize his third volume on Acts as an encyclopedia of background, history, and solid exegesis all from a conservative evangelical stance. This mammoth tome runs […]

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Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Two

Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Two

Craig Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 2, 3:1-14:28 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013), 1200 pages, ISBN 9780801048371. Craig Keener is in the midst of delivering the most ambitious commentary on Acts ever attempted. The volume under review is the second of four – each volume a sprawling treatment in its own right. Each volume’s […]

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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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The Medieval Church Conundrum: How the Gospel was Preserved and Spread from the Frontiers

The Medieval Church Conundrum: How the Gospel was Preserved and Spread from the Frontiers

When the Empire made the Church into one of its institutions, how could the radical good news about Jesus the Christ continue to break out and change lives? Part of The Gospel in History series. Conundrum is a strange adjective, yet it is appropriate when one considers the state of the Christian message from AD […]

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Conflict in the Church: The Uncomfortable Reality

Conflict in the Church: The Uncomfortable Reality

Pastor John Lathrop talks about the inescapable reality of conflict in the body of Christ. The apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, said “If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task” (1 Tim. 3:1, NIV). The work is definitely noble but the task is not always easy. Timothy knew that […]

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Alister McGrath: Surprised by Meaning

Alister McGrath: Surprised by Meaning

Alister E. McGrath, Surprised by Meaning: Science, Faith, and How We Make Sense of Things (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 136 pages, ISBN 9780664236922. McGrath’s Surprised by Meaning is a fairly accessible and slender volume that quickly immerses the reader into the ongoing conversation between radical atheism, science, and Christianity, centering on the […]

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Ann Christie: Ordinary Christology

Ann Christie: Ordinary Christology

Ann Christie, Ordinary Christology: Who Do You Say I Am? Answers From The Pews (Ashgate, 2012), 224 pages, ISBN 9781409425359. In Matthew 16:16 Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter gave a direct answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This response remained the traditional answer […]

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Introducing the Africanus Journal

Introducing the Africanus Journal

Introducing an important journal to challenge you to think deeply and see the world with kingdom eyes.   The Africanus Journal is an academic, multilingual journal published by the Africanus Guild at the Boston Campus of Gordon-Conwell, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). The Journal features faculty, students, alumni and friends of the Guild […]

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Samuel Waje Kunhiyop: African Christian Theology

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop: African Christian Theology

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, African Christian Theology (Hippo Books/Zondervan, 2012), 250 pages, ISBN 9789966003164. Theology as a reflection on God and his creatures is eternal, but some of the questions we ask and our discourse about God are rooted in our experiences, cultural beliefs and worldview. Therefore our understanding of theology is also rooted in our […]

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