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Spring 2011

  • Coming in the Summer 2011 (14:3) Issue

    Summer gardens 03  The Pneuma Review interviews Loren Sandford, asking him about growing up under his parents’ ministry, how God prepares people for prophetic ministry and what he sees in today’s prophetic movement.   Join the continuing conversation asking, “How should we lead the church?” The Summer 2011 issue will ... Read More
  • Spring 2011: Other Significant Articles

    sunny-leaves-1433477-m  John W. Kennedy, “Youth with a Passion: In its first 50 years, YWAM has deployed four million workers in 240 countries. Now it sets its sights on 152 remaining unreached people groups” Christianity Today (Dec 2010), pages 40-45. Includes the story of Loren Cunningham’s break with ... Read More
  • Graham Ward’s The Politics of Discipleship, reviewed by Amos Yong

    GWard.ThePoliticsOfDiscipleshipGraham Ward, The Politics of Discipleship: Becoming Postmaterial Citizens, The Church and Postmodern Culture Series (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 317 pages, ISBN 9780801031588. For most readers of The Pneuma Review, this will not be an easy book to read. Graham Ward, professor of contextual theology ... Read More
  • Wolfgang Vondey: Pentecostalism and Christian Unity

    WVondey-PentecostalismChristianUnity1 Wolfgang Vondey, ed., Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2010), 277 pages, ISBN 9781608990771. This book is a collection of critical essays that addresses issues of ecumenism from a variety of Pentecostal perspectives. It is primarily the outcome of papers ... Read More
  • Amanda Porterfield: Healing in the History of Christianity

    APorterfield-Healing  Amanda Porterfield, Healing in the History of Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2005), 218 pages, ISBN 0195157184. Healing has played an important role throughout the history of Christianity, according to Amanda Porterfield. In her new book, Healing in the History of Christianity, she traces the belief in ... Read More
  • Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

    VintageChurch  Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 335 pages, ISBN 9781433501302. This is an engaging production by the dynamic, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church together with an experienced, theological teaching collaborator. It expresses the experimental fusion of ... Read More
  • Timothy Ward: Words of Life

    TWard-WordsOfLife  Timothy Ward, Words of Life: Scripture As the Living and Active Word of God (IVP Academic, Downers Grove, 2009), 184 pages, ISBN 9781433501302. This book is full of contemporary appreciation of the dynamic power of Scripture and invites a reappraisal by the reader of what we ... Read More
  • Walter Brueggemann: Journey to the Common Good

    WBrueggemann-JourneyCommonGood  Walter Brueggemann, Journey to the Common Good (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 125 pages, ISBN 9780664235161. This excellent little book presents three addresses given by the author. This, together with the narrative theology represented, makes this work eminently readable and engaging. Brueggemann, a pre-eminent Old ... Read More
  • Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

    Elephant1-Spring2011   Introduction “Nondiscipleship is the elephant in the church.” So Dallas Willard1 pictures the obviousness and enormity of the problem. Richard Foster agrees, “Perhaps the greatest malady in the Church today is converts to Christ who are not disciples of Christ—a clear contradiction in terms. This malady ... Read More
  • Patrick Downey: Desperately Wicked

    PDowney-DesperatelyWicked Patrick Downey, Desperately Wicked: Philosophy, Christianity and the Human Heart (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009), 181 pages, ISBN 9780830828944. Desperately Wicked is a philosophical exploration of who we are. As the subtitle suggests, Downey seeks to uncover the magnitude of the wickedness in the human ... Read More
  • Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity

    HandbookOfGlobalTheologicalEducation  Dietrich Werner, David Esterline, Namsoon Kang, and Joshva Raja, eds., Handbook of Theological Education in World Christianity: Theological Perspectives, Ecumenical Trends, Regional Surveys, Regnum Studies in Global Christianity (Oxford: Regnum Books, 2010), 800 pages, ISBN 9781870345804. Parochialism is passé. The importance of understanding Christianity in ... Read More
  • Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

    Doctrine-9781433506253  Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 464 pages, ISBN 9781433506253. Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, and Gerry Breshears, professor of theology at Western Seminary, describe the foundational doctrines and therein the membership requirements of ... Read More
  • Theological Roots of the Word of Faith Movement: New Thought Metaphysics or Classic Faith Movements?

    SPS2014-PKing_415x359  Historian Paul King introduces us to the origins of the controversial Word of Faith movement.   A spate of articles and books have appeared over the past two decades debating the controversial teachings of the “Word of Faith” movement. Several blistering critiques such as those of D.R. ... Read More
  • The Case for Anonymous Leadership

    AnonymousLeadership-cattledrive2-Spring2011  How should we lead the church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Dr. Woodrow Walton reveals the humility and anonymity of true servant leadership.   Picture if you would a regatta where there are several vessels slicing across a river. Where is the leader of any one of ... Read More
  • Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

    BHarper_PMetzger-ExploringEcclesiology9781587431739  From the Conversations with Readers department appearing in the Spring 2011 issue.   A Reader writes about a review that appeared in the Winter 2011 issue: In his review of Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (Brazos, 2009), Wolfgang ... Read More
  • Ten Keys to Managing Anxiety

    SLim-10KeysAnxiety_banner “Will I be laid off?” “Can my children avoid drugs, violence and promiscuity?” How will this surgery go? No matter how much we do to ensure positive outcomes, life brims with causes for worry. Anxiety arises whenever we fear possible loss or harm to our person, family, ... Read More
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