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Spring 2014

  • R. T. Kendall: Holy Fire, reviewed by Craig S. Keener

    RTKendall-HolyFire-9781621366041  R. T. Kendall, Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical Look at the Holy Spirit’s Work in Our Lives (Lake Mary: Charisma House, 2014), 256 pages, ISBN 9781621366041. In his nine-page foreword, Jack Hayford rightly titles this “a landmark book.” He also rightly highlights Kendall’s work as ... Read More
  • Del Tarr: The Foolishness of God

    DTarr-TheFoolishnessOfGod  Del Tarr, The Foolishness of God: A Linguist Looks at the Mystery of Tongues (Springfield, MO: The Access Group, 2010), xvii +447 pages, ISBN 9780984447008. Del Tarr, Professor Emeritus and past President of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, who holds a PhD in Communications from ... Read More
  • The False Doctrine Behind John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, by Eddie Hyatt

    MacArthur Strange Fire In his latest book, Strange Fire, John MacArthur viciously labels the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement as “a false church as dangerous as any cult or heresy that has ever assaulted Christianity.” As I have read and reread his polemic, one thing that becomes clear is that MacArthur’s ... Read More
  • William Menzies’ Lectures on Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism, reviewed by Paul King

    BillMenziesWilliam W. Menzies, “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: ‘The Finished Work,’” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 14:2 (July 2011), pages 187-198. William W. Menzies, “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: The Influence of Fundamentalism,” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 14:2 (July 2011), pages 199-211. William W. Menzies, “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A ... Read More
  • Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, reviewed by Loren Sandford

    AuthenticFire  Michael L. Brown, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire (Excel Publishers, Dec 12, 2013), 418 pages. In my review of John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, I pointed out what I considered to be inexcusable intellectual dishonesty regarding the Charismatic Movement and its contributions to ... Read More
  • Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, reviewed by Daniel Snape

    AuthenticFire  Michael L. Brown, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire (Excel Publishers, Dec 12, 2013), 418 pages. Authentic Fire is Dr. Michael Brown’s response to John MacArthur’s book Strange Fire. MacArthur’s Strange Fire launches a scathing attack on the Christian Charismatic Movement and so ... Read More
  • Michael Brown’s Authentic Fire, reviewed by John King

    AuthenticFire  Michael L. Brown, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire (Excel Publishers, Dec 12, 2013), 418 pages. Dr. Michael Brown in his work Authentic Fire confronts the misinformation of Pastor John MacArthur’s outspoken zeal against all things charismatic in his book, Strange Fire. While ... Read More
  • Strange Fire? Not in a Global Pentecostal Context of Ministry

    MacArthur Strange Fire“Strange Fire”? Not in a Global Pentecostal Context of Ministry An international panel of ministry veterans responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Dony K. Donev with Dennis Balcombe, Hanny Setiawan and Marius Lombaard Almost one year ago, internationally known author John MacArthur began campaigning for his new book ... Read More
  • Tongues: Dead Formalism or Sanctifying Sign of the Spirit?

    Rick Wadholm 201312  I just re-read the following poignant warning from the late Dr. Donald Bloesch: “Pentecostalism can become a new formalism, that words of prophecy and speaking in tongues can simply be outward acts that assure us of acceptance by our peers and be completely bereft of ... Read More
  • R. T. Kendall: Holy Fire, reviewed by Tony Richie

    RTKendall-HolyFire-9781621366041  R. T. Kendall, Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical Look at the Holy Spirit’s Work in Our Lives (Lake Mary: Charisma House, 2014), 256 pages, ISBN 9781621366041. R.T. Kendall (DPhil, Oxford University) is no stranger to controversy. Raised in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition he converted to Calvinism ... Read More
  • John Christopher Thomas: The Apocalypse

    JCThomas-TheApocalypse  John Christopher Thomas, The Apocalypse: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012), xvii + 716 pages, ISBN 9781935931270. John Christopher Thomas (PhD, University of Sheffield; Clarence J. Abbot Professor of Biblical Studies at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN and Director of the ... Read More
  • Strange Fire and Churches of Christ

    p31_storment_0412By Guest Panelist Jonathan Storment. “We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” -C.S. Lewis Maybe you’ve noticed that over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk around charismatic vs. ... Read More
  • How the Orthodox Church is Gaining Influence in Post-Communist Russia

    Rachel Mock  A review essay of John P. Burgess, “In-Churching Russia: Journeying Through the Efforts of Orthodoxy to Return Russia to Faith” First Things (May 2014), by Rachel Mock. The article “In-Churching Russia” by John P. Burgess not only helped me to reexamine my childhood as a Charismatic ... Read More
  • Becoming a Disciple, with John Hiigel

    JohnHiigel-philosophyofteaching-408x614Every church leader wants to see the people they serve grow in their walk with Jesus, and it is obvious that is why John Hiigel wrote Partnering with the King: Study the Gospel of Matthew and Become a Disciple of Jesus. Join PneumaReview.com for a ... Read More
  • Spirit Filled Life Bible, reviewed by Dony Donev

    SpiritFilledLifeBible-1991  Study Bible Series There has been a growing number of Study Bibles released in the last few years and Dony Donev is reviewing them along with some classic Study Bibles. Dr. Donev will be evaluating each of the Bibles by focusing on subjects such as the ... Read More
  • Fire Bible, reviewed by Dony Donev

    FireBible-GlobalStudyNIV  Study Bible Series There has been a growing number of Study Bibles released in the last few years and Dony Donev is reviewing them along with some classic Study Bibles. Dr. Donev will be evaluating each of the Bibles by focusing on subjects such as the ... Read More
  • Jonathan Malesic: Secret Faith in the Public Square

    JMalesic-SecretFaithPublic-9781441204844  Jonathan Malesic, Secret Faith in the Public Square: An Argument for the Concealment of Christian Identity (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2009), 248 pages, ISBN 9781587432262. From outward appearance the author, an assistant professor of Theology at King’s College in Pennsylvania, argues for non-public involvement in public ... Read More
  • Kelly Kapic: A Little Book for New Theologians

    KKapic-ALittleBookNewTheologians-9780830839759  Kelly M. Kapic, A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2012), 126 pages. Kelly Kapic, Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College, instructs the student of theology and offers a perspective of wisdom. As the name ... Read More
  • Spring 2014: Other Significant Articles

    SiegeOfSevataspol  Philip Jenkins, “The 160-Year Christian History Behind What’s Happening in Ukraine: How we have misunderstood Russia, the Crimean Peninsula, and supposedly secular Europe” Christianity Today (March 5, 2014).   Dale M. Coulter, “Pope Francis and the Future of Charismatic Christianity” First Things (Feb 2014). William De Arteaga writes: ... Read More
  • Kevin Giles: The Eternal Generation of the Son

    KGiles-EternalGenerationSon  Kevin Giles, The Eternal Generation of the Son: Maintaining Orthodoxy in Trinitarian Theology (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012), 270 pages including indices, ISBN 9780830839650. What this reviewer sees in Kevin Giles’ The Eternal Generation of the Son is a carefully reasoned presentation of what is ... Read More
  • Jon Ruthven: What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology?

    JRuthven-WhatsWrongWithProtestantTheology  Jon Mark Ruthven, What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology? Tradition vs. Biblical Emphasis (Tulsa: Word and Spirit Press, 2013), 314 pages, ISBN 9780981952642. Books on Christian theology are often written by academic types: persons of seminary and university training, but with only marginal pastoral experience. This ... Read More
  • The Rev. John L. Nevius: The Holy Spirit Gives a Lesson in Chinese

    Nevius_portraitChurch historian William L. De Arteaga shows us that the supernatural aspects of missionary John Nevius’ ministry in China was suppressed and forgotten in the West.   When Protestant missionaries arrived in China early in the Nineteenth Century they had all been educated into cessationism. Part of ... Read More
  • Craig S. Keener: Miracles, reviewed by Woodrow Walton

    Miracles by Craig Keener  Craig S. Keener, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, 2 Volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011), 1172 pages, ISBN 9780801039522. All of Keener’s books that this reviewer has seen and read are lengthy. This reviewer owns Keener’s two volume work on The ... Read More
  • John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, reviewed by Dennis Balcombe

    MacArthur Strange Fire  John MacArthur, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2013), 333 pages, ISBN 9781400206414. Strange Fire by John MacArthur is a vicious and callous attack on the worldwide Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, and a great affront to the hundreds ... Read More
  • Pneuma Review Spring 2014

    Pneuma ReviewThe exclusively digital edition of The Pneuma Review, Spring 2014 (17:2). Included in this issue: Are Pentecostals offering Strange Fire? In this issue, Pneuma Review continues its response to John MacArthur’s new book, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Thomas Nelson, ... Read More
  • J. Ross Wagner: Reading the Sealed Book

    JRWagner-ReadingSealedBook  J. Ross Wagner, Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics (Baylor University Press/Mohr-Siebeck, 2014), 308 pages, ISBN 9781602589803. Reading the Sealed Book aims to bring together the academic fields of Translation Studies and Biblical Studies to help us better ... Read More
  • Joseph Marchal: Studying Paul’s Letters

    JMarchal-StudyingPaulLetters  Joseph A. Marchal, ed., Studying Paul’s Letters: Contemporary Perspectives and Methods (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012), 248 pages, ISBN 9780800698188. Introduction: Asking the Right Questions by Joseph A. Marchal. This provocative book has been formatted by Joseph Marchal to make available the latest and most relevant critical perspectives ... Read More
  • Wolfgang Vondey: The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life

    WVondey-HolySpiritChristianLife  Wolfgang Vondey, ed., The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life: Historical, Interdisciplinary, and Renewal Perspectives, Christianity and Renewal – Interdisciplinary Studies 1 (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), v + 240 pages. Wolfgang Vondey is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Center for ... Read More
  • Peter Enns: The Evolution of Adam

    Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam  Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say About Human Origins (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2012), 170 pages, ISBN 9781587433153. Peter Enns brings his considerable academic training and writing ability to bear on the thorny subject of Scripture and evolution. He ... Read More
  • The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship

    theology-amos-yong-and-new-face-pentecostal-scholarship  Wolfgang Vondey and Martin William Mittelstadt, eds., The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship: Passion for the Spirit, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies 14 (Leiden: Brill, 2013), vi + 270 pages. Amos Yong has contributed an amazing amount to Pentecostal theology. ... Read More
  • Eddie Hyatt: Pursuing Power

    pursuing_power  Eddie L. Hyatt, Pursuing Power: How the Historic Quest for Apostolic Authority & Control Has Divided and Damaged the Church (Grapevine, TX: Hyatt Press, 2014), 136 pages, ISBN 9781888435511. Dr. Eddie Hyatt is known in Pentecostal/Charismatic circles as a man who is passionate about the Word ... Read More
  • Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom, reviewed by John King

    SOG-Blu-Ray  Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom (20th Century Fox). Actors: Darwin Shaw, Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops, and Darcie Lincoln. Directors: Christopher Spencer. Music by Hans Zimmer. Son of God is a dramatization, taken from the memoirs of John the Apostle, played by Sebastian Knapp, that ... Read More
  • Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom, reviewed by Daniel Snape

    SOG-Blu-Ray  Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom (20th Century Fox). Actors: Darwin Shaw, Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops, and Darcie Lincoln. Directors: Christopher Spencer. Music by Hans Zimmer. From producers, Roma Downy and Mark Burnett comes the movie Son of God. Directed by Christopher Spencer (with additional ... Read More
  • Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom, reviewed by Kevin Williams

    SOG-Blu-Ray  Son of God: Their Empire, His Kingdom (20th Century Fox). Actors: Darwin Shaw, Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops, and Darcie Lincoln. Directors: Christopher Spencer. Music by Hans Zimmer. Son of God begins with John’s gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, ... Read More
  • Carolyn De Arteaga: Watching God Work

    CDeArteaga-WatchingGodWork  Carolyn De Arteaga, Watching God Work: The Stuff of Miracles (Alachua: Bridge-Logos, 2014), 192 pages, ISBN 9781610361217. I recently finished reading this delightful book and I must admit the title threw me off just a bit. I picked up this book, I think, expecting something more ... Read More
  • A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking Out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors, Part 2

    The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, edited by Andrew J. Schmutzer  Read part 1 of this chapter, “A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking Out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors” as appearing in Pneuma Review Winter 2014.   A Pastoral Perspective: Pastor-to-Pastor One of the unfortunate lessons of the past few decades is that although sexual abuse within ... Read More
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