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Fall 2008

  • Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes To God

    9780310281740_p0_v1_s260x420[1]Kay Warren, Dangerous Surrender: What Happens When You Say Yes To God (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007), 255 pages, ISBN 0310258901. Kay Warren is the wife of pastor and author Rick Warren. This book may never sell as many copies as her husband’s book, The Purpose Driven ... Read More
  • Fall 2008: Other Significant Articles

    autumn-trails-1439723-m  Skye Jethani, “Apostles Today?: Rediscovering the gift that leaves churches and well-connected pastors in its wake” Leadership Journal (Spring 2008). It is significant to see an introduction to “apostolic ministry” in Leadership Journal, a sister publication of Christianity Today. http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2008/002/15.37.html   James K.A. Smith, “Teaching a Calvinist ... Read More
  • Brian McLaren’s A Generous Orthodoxy, reviewed by Raul Mock

    BMcLaren-GenerousOrthodoxyBrian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional +evangelical +post/protestant +liberal/conservative +mystical/poetic +biblical +charismatic/contemplative +fundamentalist/calvinist +anabaptist/anglican +methodist +catholic +green +international +depressed-yet-hopeful +emergent +unfinished Christian (Zondervan/Youth Specialties, 2004), 297 pages, ISBN 0310257476 No reader of this book will finish it unaffected. Critics of McLaren ... Read More
  • The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition

    jesusPaul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd, The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 479 pages, ISBN 9780801031144. Paul Rhodes Eddy (Ph.D. Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University, and ... Read More
  • Bridges To People: Communicating Jesus to People and Growing Missional Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World

    SONeal-Bridges2People  Sean S. O’Neal, Bridges To People: Communicating Jesus to People and Growing Missional Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World (Xulon Press, 2007), 288 pages, ISBN 9781602662681. My longtime friend, mentor and colleague, Sean O’Neal, who serves as the Director of Evangelism and Youth Ministries for the Church ... Read More
  • Terry L. Cross: Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life

    TCross-AnsweringCallSpiritTerry L. Cross, Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life (Cleveland, TN: Lee University Press, 2007), 164 pages, ISBN 9781596843301. The author’s stated purpose is “expanding the definition of calling” (p. 6) as understood in traditional Pentecostal ... Read More
  • The Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar: Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind

    TwoTasksChristianScholar William Lane Craig and Paul M. Gould, eds., The Two Tasks of the Christian Scholar: Redeeming the Soul, Redeeming the Mind (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007), 199 pages, ISBN 9781581349399. Written in honor of the late Charles Malik (1987), this short volume of eight essays celebrates his ... Read More
  • A Woman’s Place: House Churches in the Earliest Christianity

    AWomanPlace Carolyn Osiek and Margaret Y. MacDonald with Janet M. Tulloch, A Woman’s Place: House Churches in the Earliest Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005), vi+ 345 pages, ISBN 9780800637774. Carolyn Osiek, Charles Fischer Catholic Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, and Margaret ... Read More
  • Pentecostals Needed: New NCC Director Partners with Pentecostals

    TonyKireopouloscap  Explanatory Note: Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, a Greek Orthodox theologian, formerly Associate General Secretary for International Affairs and Peace at the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, was recently (January 1, 2008) appointed Senior Program Director for Faith & Order and Interfaith ... Read More
  • Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Story of Zacchaeus

    Zacchaeus by Niels Larsen Stevns / Wikimedia Commons.  The power of personal faith in Christ changing people and society around them. A study in Luke 19:1-10 by James D. Hernando.     The story of Zacchaeus is one of the most intriguing in Luke’s gospel—a literary masterpiece filled with vivid imagery, drama, and biting irony. ... Read More
  • The Problem of Suffering: A Response from 1 Peter

    cryout-5-167870-m  Rebecca Skaggs with Thomas Doyle lead us into a biblical and thoughtful look at the reality of suffering.   The Issue Why is there suffering in the world? Further, why does it appear that often “good” people suffer when the “wicked” often thrive? Where is God when people ... Read More
  • Fall 2008: Suggested Reading

    Postmodernism_theme    Suggestions and Comments from Readers   Reader T.S. writes: I thought this critique of postmodern thinking on today’s college campuses was insightful: “The postmodern idolatry is that all spiritual ways of life lead to the same place. Any local truth is a valid truth. In the postmodern ... Read More
  • The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power Of The Bible To Change Any Country

    LCunningham-BookTransforms  Loren Cunningham with Janice Rogers, The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power Of The Bible To Change Any Country (Seattle: YWAM Publishing, 2007), 252 pages, ISBN 1576583813. Loren Cunningham is a man with a passion and a man with a mission to reach the nations; he ... Read More
  • Pneuma Review Fall 2008

    Pneuma Review  The Fall 2008 (Volume 11, Number 4) issue of The Pneuma Review. Read More
  • The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South

    PJenkins-NewsFacesChristianityPhilip Jenkins, The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). x + 252 pages, ISBN 0195300653. Philip Jenkins, God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe’s Religious Crisis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). ix + 340 pages, ISBN 0195313956. The ... Read More
  • The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity

    PJenkins-TheNextChristendom-3rdEditionPhilip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, revised and expanded edition (New York: Oxford, 2007), 316 pages, ISBN 9780195183078. Philip Jenkins’ award winning study of developments in Christianity outside of the Western hemisphere should be riveting reading for anyone interested in the ... Read More
  • Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church

    9780825460500_p0_v1_s260x420[1]Martin Robinson & Dwight Smith, Invading Secular Space: Strategies for Tomorrow’s Church (Grand Rapids: Monarch Books, 2003), 221 pages, ISBN 9780825460500. This book assesses the crisis of the Western church and proposes strategies for recovering the missional character of the church. According to Robinson and Smith, ... Read More
  • Moving Mountains: Lessons in Bold Faith from Great Evangelical Leaders

    PKing-MovingMountainsPaul L. King, Moving Mountains: Lessons in Bold Faith from Great Evangelical Leaders (Grand Rapids: Chosen, 2004), 255 pages, ISBN 9780800793753. Paul King’s Moving Mountains is much more than ordinary hagiography. It is more like a practical textbook on living the life of faith. Make ... Read More
  • A Social Anthropologist’s Analysis of Contemporary Healing, Part 1

    Power of the Cross  How do doctors respond to claims of healing? Are there any lasting social effects when people experience divine healing?   What kinds of healings are associated with contemporary Christian healing ministries, conferences for training Christians in praying for healing, and such ministry in many evangelical churches? How ... Read More
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