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Celebrating the Reformation

Happy 499th Reformation Day. Celebrate Spirit-led renewal and awakening by reading and reflecting on what God has done in and through his people throughout history.


Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses

When the “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” was nailed to the door of the castle church at Wittenberg, Germany on the 31st of October 1517, it sparked the Great Reformation.


Pentecostal journalist-scholar Roscoe Barnes reviews The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World by Reformation Bible College president Stephen J. Nichols.

In showing why the Reformation matters today, Nichols reminds readers of the Bible five important doctrines that became the foundation of the Reformation.



The Impact of Martin Luther and the Reformation on Modern Revivalism by Eddie L. Hyatt

The emphasis by Martin Luther and other Reformers on the ultimate authority of Scripture and the priesthood of all believers opened the way for all the great revivals of the modern era. Luther’s work broke the paralyzing hold of a religious hierarchy that claimed final authority over the people, quenched the work of the Holy Spirit in their midst, and confined Biblical knowledge to the priesthood. His emphasis on the priesthood of all believers unleashed the masses to pray and expect answers from God. If there had been no Luther, there would have been no Methodist revival, no Great Awakenings, no Cane Ridge, and no Pentecostal-Charismatic revival. [Read more]


Patricia Riley reviews The Reformation for Armchair Theologians by Glenn Sunshine.

Presenting the events and leaders of the Reformation in a straightforward and easy to understand fashion that is enjoyable and with a good amount of humor.


Jeffrey Anderson reviews Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism, edited by Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom.

This exceptionally well researched book begins with an overview of the developments between Catholicism and Protestantism over the past fifty years.

Pietists as Pentecostal Forerunners

Excerpts from the paper “The Petersens and the Silesian Kinderbeten Revival” by Eric Jonas Swensson. Trace the connections from Hus to Luther, the Pietists to the Moravians, and the Wesleys to the Pentecostals.


The Holy Spirit Never Left the Church

More about Count Zinzendorf and the Moravians from veteran pastor Charles Carrin.

Wednesday, August 27, 1727, at the initiation of the children, Herrnhut began a prayer meeting that lasted night and day, without stopping, one hundred years. That century-long prayer meeting of laboring, travailing, intercession, 1727-1827, birthed the modern mission movement. [Read more]


The Gospel in History series by Christian Historian Woodrow Walton

How did God work through his people to keep and spread the true good news about Jesus Christ despite global-scale opposition?


Robert Cooke reviews Carl Raschke’s book, The Next Reformation: Why Evangelicals Must Embrace Postmodernity.

“Raschke does believe that postmodernism is congenial with evangelicalism and can help the evangelical church stay true to its Reformation roots.” [Read more]


Supernatural Physical Manifestations in the Evangelical and Holiness Revival Movements, by Paul King

Paul King investigates the historical precedents for the phenomena associated with the “Toronto Blessing” and the Brownsville revival such as falling under the power of the Spirit, trembling and holy laughter.


The Fire of Revival with Eddie Hyatt

John Lathrop interviews Eddie Hyatt about revival and his book Revival Fire.

Eddie Hyatt: As a new believer many years ago, I had the privilege of participating in a genuine move of the Holy Spirit that impacted many lives and an entire community. In contrast, especially recently, I have observed so-called revivals where there was so much hype, exaggeration and manipulation. This has grieved me deeply. I have a passion to see genuine Spiritual awakening but I know it must be based in Scriptural truth. [Read more]

The late Murray Hohns reviews The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever: From Pentecost to the Present and shares why reading and learning about revival is so important.

Revivals are wonderful periods in the life of believers. They also are demanding and exhausting periods and—as with any move of God—bring all sorts of controversy and scorn. [Read more]


Pioneer Women of Pentecostal Revivals

Leah Payne speaks with about her book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism.


Paul King reviews Larry Martin, The Life and Ministry of William J. Seymour: and a history of the Azusa Street Revival (Christian Life Books, 1999).

A valuable and accessible record of Seymour’s life and ministry and the events surrounding the Azusa Street revival. [Read more]

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About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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