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Fall 2007

  • In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Review, reviewed by Amos Yong

    paul_essays_and_reviews__300Don Garlington, In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Reviews (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005), viii + 245 pages. Garlington earned his MDiv and ThM degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and his PhD in New Testament at the University of Durham ... Read More
  • Loren Sandford: Understanding Prophetic People

    LSandford-UnderstnadingPropheticPeople R. Loren Sandford, Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift (Grand Rapids, MI, Chosen Books, 2007), 240 pages. R. Loren Sandford is pastor of New Song Fellowship in Denver, Colorado; he is also the son of John Loren Sandford, co-founder of the Elijah ... Read More
  • Thoughts to Ponder: Power, Obedience

    doorway  We cannot participate in God’s work but then insist on doing it our own way. … We can’t live a life more like Jesus by embracing a way of life less like Jesus. — Eugene Peterson   Learn the lesson that if you are to do the ... Read More
  • Fall 2007: Other Significant Articles

    CT200706  Glenn Schwartz, “A Cure for Handicapped Churches: Reflections on Dependency in the Christian Movement” Mission Frontiers (May/June 2007), pages 26-28. Long-time missionary and missiologist Glenn Schwartz says that “the alternative to donor-driven missiology is a change of assumptions on which missionary church-planting is done. Except in ... Read More
  • Virginia Burrus: Late Ancient Christianity

    VBurrus-LateAncientChristianity  Virginia Burrus, ed., Late Ancient Christianity,A People’s History of Christianity, Vol. 2 (Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress, 2005), 318 pages. The editorial team of the series entitled A People’s History of Christianity has endeavored to tell the story of Christianity through the eyes of the common person, rather ... Read More
  • Roland Chia: Hope for the World

    CDGP Hope for World #3305  Roland Chia, Hope for the World: A Christian Vision of the Last Things,Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective Series; series editor David Smith, consulting editor John Stott (Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2005), 164 pages. Roland Chia has written a clear and concise alternative to an all-too-common ... Read More
  • Dennis Cahill: The Shape of Preaching

    DCahill-ShapePreaching-9781585585847  Dennis M. Cahill, The Shape of Preaching: Theory and Practice in Sermon Design (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2007), 175 pages. Cahill builds this book on the foundation of master-preacher predecessors. He gleans from Haddon Robinson, Fred Craddock, David Buttrick, and other notable contemporary preaching coaches to ... Read More
  • Graham Cooke: Prophecy & Responsibility

    GCooke-ProphecyResponsibility  Graham Cooke, Prophecy & Responsibility: A Journey into Receiving Revelation and the Process of Godly Communication (Brilliant Book House, 2007), 230 pages. Prophecy & Responsibility is the second book in Graham Cooke’s six book Prophetic Equipping Series. The first volume is titled Approaching The Heart Of ... Read More
  • Prophetic Ministry: an interview with John Paul Jackson

    JPJackson20070203_med    Do you think that the Christian church as a whole is becoming more receptive to prophetic ministry? Yes, I do believe that is happening. I say that for several reasons, four of which I’d like to address here. The first is obvious to me personally—I ... Read More
  • Fall 2007: Conversation with a subscriber

    RaulMock2012  Executive Editor, Raul Mock, asked some questions of a recent subscriber.   What you have been studying lately? Lately, I have been studying church planting and church growth strategies.  I’ve been studying Pentecostal & Charismatic history in the last two-thousand years, Revivals through history especially modern ones ... Read More
  • Glenn Sunshine: The Reformation for Armchair Theologians

    GSunshine-TheReformationArmchairTheologians  Glenn S. Sunshine, The Reformation for Armchair Theologians (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2005), 264 pages. This book is one of a series of books for the “armchair theologian,” which includes volumes on Augustine, Aquinas, Carl Barth, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and John Wesley. The Armchair Theologian ... Read More
  • Robert Webber: The Divine Embrace

    RWebber-TheDivineEmbrace  Robert E. Webber, The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2006), 282 pages. Robert Webber has written an effective teaching manual that has covered the essential factors of spiritual formation. With an eye towards the historical foundation of Christ-centered spirituality, he ... Read More
  • The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views

    NatureOfAtonement-4Views  James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy, eds. The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2006), 208 pages. The appropriately titled The Nature of the Atonement attempts to shed light on the complicated character of this biblical principle by presenting and critiquing four ... Read More
  • Gospel Riches: Africa’s rapid embrace of prosperity Pentecostalism provokes concern – and hope

    CT200707  Isaac Phiri and Joe Maxwell, “Gospel Riches: Africa’s rapid embrace of prosperity Pentecostalism provokes concern—and hope” Christianity Today (July 2007), pages 22-29. Does faith bring wealth? The 2006 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life study asked if God would “grant material prosperity to all believers ... Read More
  • Confident Belief: What Does it Mean to Know Truth?

    Chain Emerging From Ocean  This article on doubt, certainty, and faith was recommended to Pneuma Review readers in the Fall 2007 issue.   Introduction It’s hard to imagine how any Christian at any time in history could live life completely free from any doubts about the truth of the faith. Suffering, inconsistent ... Read More
  • N.T. Wright: Judas and the Gospel of Jesus

    NTWright-JudasGospelJesus_lrg  Nicholas Thomas Wright, Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth About Christianity? (Baker, 2006), 156 pages. Wright is a lucid writer, with the gift of being able to express himself at both a popular and academic level. This book adopts the popular ... Read More
  • Kevin Belmonte: William Wilberforce

    KBelmonte-WilliamWilberforce  Kevin Charles Belmonte, William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2007). Renewed and worthy attention has come to the eighteenth century history-making British politician William Wilberforce, through the popular film Amazing Grace. Kevin Belmonte was the historical consultant for the film and in ... Read More
  • Fall 2007: Suggested Reading

    Postmodernism_theme  Suggestions for Further Reading   ♦ Rick Wade, “Confident Belief: What Does it Mean to Know Truth?”   Please add your comments, questions, and suggestions below.   Read More
  • Effectively Engaging Pluralism and Postmodernism in a So-Called Post-Christian Culture

    Postmodernism_theme  A Review Essay of Lesslie Newbigin’s The Gospel in a Pluralist Society. “Pluralist!” “Postmodern!” Lately these two terms are increasingly, and sometimes carelessly, bandied about as especially descriptive of the present age. They signify such complex concepts that sometimes even defining the terminology can be difficult. ... Read More
  • From the Editor’s Desk: Fall 2007

    Pneuma Reviewfrom the editor’s desk Welcome to our ten-year anniversary issue. Publication of the Pneuma Review began with the Fall 1997 issue. In celebration, we would like to say thank you to the many people that have contributed of their writings during these fruitful years. Peter Althouse, Jeffrey Anderson, ... Read More
  • Power Ministry In The Epistles

    Power of the CrossWalter R. Bodine, “Power Ministry In The Epistles: A Reply to the Evangelical Cessationist Position.”* In his review of four books favorable to the so-called “signs and wonders” movement Tim Stafford voices an objection that is frequently raised. It is the assertion that “… the New ... Read More
  • Revivals, news, and maintaining the right direction

    fall-SamuelZeller-432x288In this Fall 2007 conversation with a reader, Executive Editor Raul Mock, asked some questions of a recent subscriber.   What you have been studying lately? Lately, I have been studying church planting and church growth strategies.  I been studying Pentecostal & Charismatic history in the last two-thousand ... Read More
  • Gregory Boyd: The Myth of a Christian Nation

    GBoyd-MythChristianNation  Gregory A. Boyd, The Myth of a Christian Nation: How the Quest for Political Power is Destroying the Church (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), 207 pages. When you were a child did your mother ever make you take bad tasting medicine? And when you complained about ... Read More
  • Alister McGrath: Christian Theology

    AMcGrath-ChristianTheology-AnIntroduction-5thEdition  Alister E. McGrath, Christian Theology: An Introduction,third edition (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2001), 616 pages. Alister E. McGrath, The Christian Theology Reader,second edition (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2001), 707 pages. Alister McGrath, the Anglican Evangelical scholar who is based in Oxford University, is a prodigious author with ... Read More
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