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Spring 2010: Other Significant Articles

Professor Henry I. Lederle, author of Treasures Old and New: Interpretations of Spirit-Baptism in the Charismatic Renewal Movement (Hendrickson, 1988), wrote to The Pneuma Review:

I am having my doubts about the Calvin reference. I have just read through [Theodore] Beza’s Life of Calvin and it is not there. I even got it in Latin from Calvin College—not there. …

What Charismatics may find equally interesting (that can be easily verified) is that Calvin in six places advocates the raising of the hands in prayer—three times in his chapter on Prayer which is the longest chapter in Institutes, and then again in his commentaries. The Institutes references are in Chapter XX sections 5,16,and 29—or if one is using the Battles translation, pages 854,873, and 892. …

The article you sent me references the work of Beza as De vitam Iohannes Cauvin—a minor inaccuracy that may or may not raise a red flag: ‘De’ does not govern the Accusative—so it should be De vita (not vitam).

Since the original reference is to “a letter of Calvin”—not a biography like that of Beza—I have not completely given up. Maybe it is out there in some of his correspondence!

Even if the newspaper article was nothing more than a student prank, the conversation stirred up by Witherington’s comment 35 years later certainly confirms the lightning-rod effect of mentioning Calvin and tongues together.


R. T. Kendall, “The Case for the Virgin Birth: Atheists scoff at the ideal. Liberal theologians deny it. But the miraculous birth of Jesus is one of the surest proofs of His divinity.” Charisma (December 2009), pages 24-27, 57-58.

As of Mar 10, 2014, this link now points to a revised article entitled, “The Stigma of Jesus’ Virgin Birth,” dated Dec 23, 2013, at


CT 20101Krish Kandiah, “The Missionary Who Wouldn’t Retire: Lesslie Newbigin launched a new career as age 66 by calling Western churches to act like they were in the mission field” Christianity Today (January 2010), pages 44-47.


John Paul Jackson, “Taking the Pathetic Out of the Prophetic: The misuse of prophecy has brought great embarrassment to the church. It’s time to clean up our act and apply biblical standards.” Charisma (July 2009), pages 46-48, 50.

John Paul Jackson addresses serious errors about prophetic ministry and calls for a full prophetic reformation. Read the full article here: [available as of January 22, 2015].


Frank Viola, “Reframing Discipleship: How the organic church makes followers of Jesus” Ministry Today (Sept/Oct 2009), pages 42-44.

Frank Viola challenges the idea that discipleship is just a program at the local church. Rather it is “being part of the shared-life community” (p. 43), and he offers ideas about how an “organic church” could live this out. [available as of January 22, 2015]

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About the Author: The editors are Raul Mock, Mike Dies, Joe Joslin, and Jim Dettmann with significant input from other writers including John Lathrop, Amos Yong, Tony Richie, and Kevin Williams.

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