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Fall 2018

  • Prosperity Gospel in Zambia: The Problems of Engaging African Theology Using English

    ????????????????In this review essay, missionary-scholar Jim Harries challenges Western assumptions used to decry the prosperity gospel as it is taught and believed in Africa. Hermen Kroesbergen, ed., In Search of Health and Wealth: The Prosperity Gospel in African, Reformed Perspective (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2014). In ... Read More

  • Pope Francis Recognizes Dialogue with Pentecostals is Important

    320px-Saint_Peter's_Basilica_at_sunsetDear Friends and Colleagues, This past Friday morning (September 28, 2018), Pope Francis met with the bishops who oversee the work of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU). Cardinal Kurt Koch is President of the PCPCU and Bishop Brian Farrell is its Secretary. The ... Read More

  • Brian Stiller: From Jerusalem to Timbuktu

    BStiller-FromJerusalemToTimbuktuBrian C. Stiller, From Jerusalem to Timbuktu: A World Tour of the Spread of Christianity (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018), 220 pages, ISBN 978-0830845279. Brian C. Stiller has had a very rich and diverse ministry experience. He has served as the president of Tyndale University College ... Read More

  • Wolfgang Vondey: Pentecostal Theology

    WVondey-PentecostalTheologyWolfgang Vondey, Pentecostal Theology: Living the Full Gospel (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017). Over the last decade Wolfgang Vondey has ascended the ranks of Pentecostal theologians, writing several important monographs, and his book Pentecostal Theology only enhances his stellar reputation.  In short, Vondey principally argues that ... Read More

  • Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue 2018

    320px-Cerro_Santa_Lucía_desde_el_Cerro_San_CristóbalThis press release from the 2018 meeting of the Lutheran-Pentecostal dialogue was shared with PneumaReview.com by Mel Robeck. He commented: “I believe that it was a very fruitful week.”   Third meeting of the International Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue, 7 – 12 October 2018, Santiago, Chile Representatives of various classical ... Read More

  • A Miracle in Pakistan – and a Few More are Needed

    PakistanFrank Gaffney, President and CEO of Center for Security Policy, shared this statement today on his “Secure Freedom Minute” Radio feature.   A miracle just happened. The Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled today that Asia Bibi, a Christian woman falsely accused of blasphemy – a capital ... Read More

  • A Solemn Reflection on Massacre at L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh

    AntipasHarris-SPS-20170309--crop“There is a time for everything… a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance …” Ecclesiastes 3:1-4   The day after the gruesome massacre at L’Simcha (Tree of Life) Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, we lament the ... Read More

  • Indivisible, reviewed by Jim Linzey

    IndivisibleIndivisible (Pure Flix). Actors: Justin Bruening, Sarah Drew, and Jason George. Director: David G. Evans. Producer: Darren Moorman. Screenplay: Cheryl McKay, David G. Evans, Peter White. Indivisible is about the struggles of a military chaplain, Darren Turner, who served in Iraq and had close encounters with ... Read More

  • Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Creation and Humanity

    VMKarkkainen-CreationAndHumanityVeli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Creation and Humanity, A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, Volume 3 (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2015), pages x+554. As a constructive theologian, Kärkkäinen works to create a coherent explanation of religious belief (in this case, Christian) by honest engagement with a ... Read More

  • Bible Translations: The Three Major Textus Receptus Translations

    VLinzey-BibleTranslationsThe mother and son Bible translator team of Verna and James Linzey discuss the major translations of the Bible that have been developed from the Greek New Testament known as the Textus Receptus. The three major Bible translations based on the Textus Receptus are the Authorized ... Read More

  • The Holy Spirit’s Miraculous Gifts, by Charles Carrin

    CCarrin-HSMiraculousGifts God wants to unleash the life-changing, bondage-breaking power of the Holy Spirit in your life. Pastor Chas Carrin points out what the Apostle Paul had to say about this and encourages every Jesus follower to pursue spiritual gifts. The Apostle Paul encountered Jesus on the Damascus ... Read More

  • Spirit Baptism in the Whole Bible

    AGabriel-SpiritBaptismNew book introduces readers to the coming of the Holy Spirit seen throughout Scripture. Spirit Baptism in the Old and New Testaments (Not Just Acts) is an e-book recently written by Dr. Andrew Gabriel for a general Christian audience. Gabriel is a Canadian Pentecostal theologian and ... Read More

  • Randy Clark: Stories of Divine Healing, reviewed by J. D. King

    RClark-StoriesDivineHealing-banner-small Rescuing Our Pentecostal Heritage Randy Clark, Stories of Divine Healing: Supernatural Testimonies that Ignite Faith for Your Healing (NMG/Destiny Image, 2018), 288 pages. While attending the Society For Pentecostal Studies meeting in Cleveland, Tennessee in early 2018, I had a troubling conversation about the viability of divine ... Read More

  • William Atkinson: Jesus before Pentecost

    ????????????????William P. Atkinson, Jesus before Pentecost (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2016), 222 pages. Unapologetically Pentecostal, Atkinson, an ordained minister, presents Jesus through the eyes of a Pentecostal believer as well as through the eyes of a scholar (Edinburgh)—that is, as a theological historian he views Jesus ... Read More

  • Living on a Prayer: George Muller, the Brethren and Faith

    CHM128-LivingOnAPrayerChristian History Institute (CHI), publisher of Christian History magazine (CHM), announces its latest issue, titled: Living on a Prayer: George Müller, the Brethren and Faith Missions. The entire issue explores the life and times of George Müller, the Prussian pastor who settled in Bristol, England with a mission to ... Read More

  • Ministering to the Needs of the World: 2018 International Dialogue between the World Communion of Reformed Churches and Classical Pentecostals

    Pentecostal-Reformed2018-2Mel Robeck has shared with Pneuma Review the press release from the International Dialogue between the World Communion of Reformed Churches and Classical Pentecostals, which concluded on December 4, 2018. Representatives of various classical Pentecostal churches and a delegation from the World Communion of Reformed Churches ... Read More

  • Global Pentecostalism in the 21st Century, reviewed by Dave Johnson

    GlobalPentecostalismRobert W. Hefner, ed., Global Pentecostalism in the 21st Century (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2013), ISBN 9780253010810. This book lives up to its claim to study global Pentecostalism, not because it covers it country by country, but because it is grounded in the places in ... Read More

  • Fall 2018: Other Significant Articles

    OtherSignificant-Fall2018 Richard R. Hammar, “Creating Sexual Harassment Policies for Church Workplaces: The growing numbers of allegations highlight the need for appropriate responses” Church Law & Tax Report (March/April 2018).   Jim Linzey, “5 Valuable Leadership Principles from Psalm 37” Ministry Today (May 30, 2018).   Brian Neil Peterson, “Does Genesis ... Read More

  • Michelle Lelwica: Shameful Bodies

    ShamefulBodiesMichelle Mary Lelwica, Shameful Bodies: Religion and the Culture of Physical Improvement (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 271 pages, ISBN 9781472594938. Shameful Bodies is written as an exploration of the embedded assumptions that cause us to judge individuals whose bodies do not fit the cultural norms ... Read More

  • Mike Mariani: American Exorcism

    conch-PratikPatel-380425-554x325cropMike Mariani, “American Exorcism: Priests are fielding more requests than ever for help with demonic possession, and a centuries-old practice is finding new footing in the modern world,” Atlantic (Dec 2018). This article, “American Exorcism,” by Mike Mariani, which appears in the recent issue of The ... Read More

  • Peace Through Christ: A Christmas Truce

    AmericanSoldiers-ArdennesForest-BattleOfTheBulgeA heartwarming account by Jim Linzey about a Christmas Truce in 1944 when a German woman refused to turn away any who came to her in need. One of the most inspiring stories of peace through Christ among ardent enemies unfolded in a potentially volatile ... Read More

  • Edward Irving’s Incarnational Christology, Part 2

    TMartindale-EdwardIrvingIncarnationalChristology-P2Edward Irving’s Incarnational Christology: A Theological Examination of Irving’s Notion of Christ’s Sinful Flesh as it relates to the Fullness of the Incarnation This is the second of a three-part series by Trevor Martindale. He gives us an in-depth look at how Edward Irving, one ... Read More

  • The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Two: Recharting the Christian World Mission

    WWalton-Resurgence-P2 The Resurgence of the Gospel and the Flowering of the Global Christian Message Part Two: Recharting the Christian World Mission It may seem strange but it is from Ephesus that the re-charting of the Christian world mission takes place. It is, however, not as strange when one ... Read More

  • A Pentecostal Season: The Methodists in England and America, Part 2

    FBillman-APentecostalSeason-P2In this excerpt from his book, The Supernatural Thread in Methodism: Signs and Wonders Among Methodists Then and Now, Methodist historian and renewalist Frank Billman reveals how miracles and supernatural interventions were widespread in the ministries of John Wesley and the early Methodists.   George Whitefield Whitefield first ... Read More

  • David Joannes: The Mind of a Missionary

    DJoannes-TheMindOfAMissionary-ADavid Joannes, The Mind of a Missionary: What Global Kingdom Workers Tell Us About Thriving on Mission Today (Prescott, AZ: Within Reach Global, 2018), 312 pages, ISBN 9780998061153. David Joannes has a burden for unreached people groups. For approximately twenty years now he has ministered in ... Read More

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