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Spring 2016

  • Larry Hurtado: Lord Jesus Christ

    LHurtado-LordJesusChristLarry W. Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), 746 pages, ISBN 9780802831675. How is it that early Christians, who were mainly monotheistic Jews, showed such devotion, even worship, to Jesus Christ while still worshipping God in heaven? Larry ... Read More

  • Jonathan Seiver: The Palace, reviewed by Jon Ruthven

    JSeiver-ThePalaceJonathan Seiver, The Palace: A Prophetic Journey through the Cultures of This Age and the Kingdom of the Age to Come (Charleston, SC: SP, 2015), 146 pages, ISBN 9781517048259 . The Palace narrates “a series of first-hand prophetic visions” involving the redemption of a street orphan ... Read More

  • Kyle Strobel: Formed for the Glory of God

    KStrobel-FormedGloryGodKyle Strobel, Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (Downers Grove, ILL: IVP, 2013), 191 pages, ISBN 9780830856534. In Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards, Kyle Strobel aims to set forth ... Read More

  • Do All Abraham’s Children Worship Abraham’s God?

    PikiWiki_Israel_11347_Abrams_wellPastor-scholar Tony Richie says there is no Jewish-Christian-Muslim God. Nor is there a simple answer to the “Same God” question. When people realize I participate in interreligious dialogue and cooperative efforts they often ask me some version of the question in the main title of this ... Read More

  • Samuel Adams: The Reality of God and Historical Method

    SAdams-RealityGodHistoricalMethodSamuel V. Adams, The Reality of God and Historical Method: Apocalyptic Theology in Conversation with N.T. Wright, New Explorations in Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2015), 291 pages. In this intriguing book, Samuel Adams tries to figure out what it means to do history ... Read More

  • A Nation Birthed in Prayer

    EHyatt-ANationBirthedPrayerReclaiming America’s Godly Christian Heritage – Part 3: “A Nation Birthed in Prayer” This is a three part series that Dr. Eddie Hyatt presented at a “Revive America” weekend at Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune, Mississippi. In this series, he documents the radical Christian ... Read More

  • Zachary Tackett: “Why I Became A Pentecostal Theologian”

    sciencelibrary-RalfRoletschekZachary Tackett, “Why I Became A Pentecostal Theologian” Ecclesiam (April 12, 2016). Zachary Tackett has written a beautiful brief personal testimony about why he is a Pentecostal theologian, and I offer my heartiest AMEN to his ecumenical Pentecostal vision. “The message of Pentecost declared that all peoples ... Read More

  • Jim Goll: Deliverance from Darkness

    JGoll-DeliveranceFromDarkness9781441213037James W. Goll, Deliverance from Darkness: The Essential Guide to Defeating Demonic Strongholds and Oppression (Grand Rapids, MI: Chosen Books, 2010), 224 pages, ISBN 9780800794811. In this book, James W. Goll examines the demonic through the lens of spiritual warfare. He argues that every Christian has ... Read More

  • Celebrate the Equipping Church

    celebrate-YooriKoo-540x300Every church has an awesome privilege of supporting, encouraging, training, and equipping each person to fulfill their God-given purpose. Party Time? Everyone loves a good party. We all love to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy our successes—not to mention relishing the flattery of our peers. Relish …That reminds ... Read More

  • Samuel Adams: Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea

    SAdams-SocialEconomicLifeSecondTempleJudeaSamuel L. Adams, Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2014). Adams has written a fine study of the familial, social, occupational, and financial aspects of life in Judea in the period from the sixth century BCE to the first century ... Read More

  • President’s Page Spring 2016

    Raul&Jim20150322a-349x348I remember packing in to a Pentecostal church, people crowding in to the altars, excited about what God was doing. People were getting saved and being led into their first steps of discipleship. Bible conferences and teaching series were everywhere. If the bookstore offered anything ... Read More

  • New Wine Leadership Conference 2016

    NewWine2016 I have been a part of the New Wine Movement since being persuaded by the curate of the church I was attending back in 2007. I encountered the Holy Spirit in such a powerful way at their week long national summer gathering that I thought ... Read More

  • It Began with a Vision

    EHyatt-AmericaOriginalVisionReclaiming America’s Godly Christian Heritage – Part 1: “It Began with a Vision” This is a three part series that Dr. Eddie Hyatt presented at a “Revive America” weekend at Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune, Mississippi. In this series, he documents the radical Christian ... Read More

  • A Nation Birthed Out of Great Spiritual Awakening

    EHyatt-ANationBirthedAwakeningReclaiming America’s Godly Christian Heritage – Part 2: “A Nation Birthed Out of Great Spiritual Awakening” This is a three part series that Dr. Eddie Hyatt presented at a “Revive America” weekend at Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune, Mississippi. In this series, he documents ... Read More

  • Aida Spencer: 1 Timothy, NCCS

    ASpencer-1TimothyAída Besançon Spencer, 1 Timothy, New Covenant Commentary Series (Cascade, 2013), 192 pages. Aida Besançon Spencer’s New Covenant Commentary Series on 1 Timothy, is a fresh and powerful look at some of the most challenging texts in the New Testament. Where most commentaries give a lot ... Read More

  • Boyer and Ver Miller: Human Wholeness

    HumanWholenessMark G. Boyer and Matthew S. Ver Miller, Human Wholeness: A Spirituality of Relationship (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015), 72 pages. Mark G. Boyer (Roman Catholic priest and college professor at Missouri State University) and Matthew S. Ver Miller (psychologist and life-coach) write from their ... Read More

  • Chee-Chiew Lee: The Blessing of Abraham, the Spirit, and Justification in Galatians

    ?????Chee-Chiew Lee, The Blessing of Abraham, the Spirit, and Justification in Galatians: Their Relationship and Significance for Understanding Paul’s Theology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013). Close exegesis of Galatians, with due attention to past scholarship on the subject, is among the most daunting tasks in the study ... Read More

  • David Garrison: A Wind in the House of Islam

    DGarrison-WindHouseIslamDavid Garrison, A Wind in the House of Islam: How God is drawing Muslims around the World to faith in Jesus Christ (Monument, CO: WigTake Resources, 2014), 307 pages. As the sub-title of Garrison’s book suggests, this book provides both an historical narrative and analysis of ... Read More

  • Two Spring 2016 Conferences

    CletusHull-StoneCampbellJournalConference201604-419x419Cletus Hull presents papers at EGLBS 2016 and the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference. Recently, I presented papers at two different conferences. On March 10, 11, 2016, I attended the EGLBS 2016 (Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society) at Mohican State Park & Conference Center in Loudonville, Ohio. My paper ... Read More

  • Ed Shaw: Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

    EShaw-SameSexAttractionChurchEd Shaw, Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015), 172 pages. Ed Shaw was educated at Durham University and Oak Hill Theological College. He is the pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol, England, and part ... Read More

  • Stefan Alkier: The Reality of the Resurrection

    SAlkier-RealityResurrectionStefan Alkier, The Reality of the Resurrection: The New Testament Witness (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013), 351 pages. This book takes an in-depth look at the resurrection of Jesus, as it figures in the writings of the New Testament and in the Church’s subsequent use of ... Read More

  • D. A. Carson: The Intolerance of Tolerance

    DACarson-IntoleranceToleranceD. A. Carson, The Intolerance of Tolerance (Eerdmans, 2012), 196 pages, ISBN 9780802831705. Although a relatively short book of 176 pages, D.A Carson’s The Intolerance of Tolerance delivers a powerful punch to the jaw of what he describes as the “new tolerance.” Carson, who is a ... Read More

  • Recent studies in Genesis from Craig Keener

    CKeener-20160325b-240x240Recent short studies in Genesis from Craig S. Keener with excerpts and links.  Craig Keener: “Saving a Lot: Abram fights slave traders—Genesis 14” (March 22, 2016). While Christian theologians today debate whether God demands pacifism or allows just war, at least in the Old Testament we see ... Read More

  • Martyn Wendell Jones: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church

    CT201605Martyn Wendell Jones, “Kingdom Come in California?” Christianity Today (May 2016). Describing himself as a curious skeptic, Martyn Wendell Jones set out to find out for himself if what was happening in Redding, California at Bethel Church was indeed a move of God and that revival ... Read More

  • Rolland Baker: Keeping the Fire

    RBaker-KeepingTheFire-RiverRolland Baker, Keeping the Fire: Sustaining Revival Through Love: The Five Core Values of Iris Global (Kent, United Kingdom: River Publishing & Media Ltd., 2015), 152 pages, ISBN 9781908393555. Rolland Baker, along with his wife, Heidi, have served on the mission field for the last 35 ... Read More

  • Rediscovering Paul, reviewed by Bradford McCall

    RediscoveringPaul-9780830839414David B. Capes, Rodney Reeves, and E. Randolph Richards, Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters and Theology (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2007), 350 pages, ISBN 9780830839414. The life and letters of Paul are often an enigma to modern Christians; why did he say ... Read More

  • The Holy Spirit and the Ministry of the Disciples

    POstrander-HolySpiritMinistryDisciplesPart 2 of an excerpt from Peter Ostrander’s book, New Testament Healing. Read Part 1 in the Winter 2016 issue: “The Holy Spirit and the Ministries of Jesus.” The Holy Spirit and the Ministry of the Disciples I am personally interested in finding out whether healings that ... Read More

  • Highly Anticipated Resource: Interview with Matthew Elliot about the Africa Study Bible

    AfricanStudyBible-SpineMatthew Elliot, project director for the Africa Study Bible, speaks with about this soon-to-arrive resource that millions of Africans have been praying for.  Where did the idea for the Africa Study Bible originate? Matthew Elliot: After ten years working in Africa and observing the needs ... Read More

  • Mark Strauss: Jesus Behaving Badly

    MStrauss-JesusBehavingBadlyMark L. Strauss, Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee (Downers Grove: IVP, 2015),  221 pages, ISBN 9780830824663. In 2007, Dave Kinnamon and Gabe Lyons published the sobering results of their research on young adult perceptions of American Christianity. In their duly ... Read More

  • J. Ryan Lister: The Presence of God

    JRLister-PresenceJ. Ryan Lister, The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of our Lives (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015) 368 pages, ISBN 9781433539152. In The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of our Lives ... Read More

  • More in Love with Jesus: Interview with Rolland Baker

    Heidi& speaks with Rolland Baker about Iris Global and his new book, Keeping the Fire. Many people know about the work that you and Heidi are doing in Mozambique but Iris Global has leaders in over 30 nations. What are some of the other nations ... Read More

  • Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach: Dig Deeper

    BeynonSach-DigDeeperNigel Beynon and Andrew Sach, Dig Deeper: Tools for Understanding God’s Word (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 160 pages, ISBN 9781581349719. Most non-Christians think that the Bible reduces to mere interpretation. So why do not more Christians focus on hermeneutics? This is a perennial question that needs ... Read More

  • Our God is With Us through It All: Interview with Craig and Médine Keener about Impossible Love

    Craig&MedineKeener201602-576x427 Doctors Craig and Médine Keener speak with about their new book, Impossible Love. Craig, you are a highly respected biblical scholar and a seminary professor. In Impossible Love, you mention that the Presence of God played a very important part in your conversion and ... Read More

  • Simon Holley: Sustainable Power

    SHolley-SustainablePowerSimon Holley, Sustainable Power: Creating a Healthy Culture of the Supernatural in the Church Today (Crownhill, Milton Keynes: Authentic Media Limited, 2013), 259 pages, ISBN 9781860248849. Sustainable Power is the story of a pastor, who along with his congregation, took a journey toward ministering in the supernatural ... Read More

  • What is God Doing in West Papua? Interview with Shamow’el Rama Surya

    WestPapua1John Lathrop interviews award-winning photographer Shamow’el Rama Surya for about his art and what he has seen God doing in remote places in West Papua. John Lathrop: You are a photographer. How long have you been doing photography? Shamow’el Rama Surya: My career in photography has ... Read More

  • Spring 2016: Other Significant Articles

    OtherSig-Spring2016 Ben Witherington III, “Why I’m Not Hoping For Heaven: Jesus’ miracles promise a better fate—including for my daughter, who died at age 32” Christianity Today (April 2016). Ben Witherington on faith, healing, the miracles of Jesus, and resurrection.   Eddie L. Hyatt, “7 Important Lessons from Azusa Street” ... Read More

  • Denzil Miller: Maintaining the Spirit-Empowered Life

    DMiller-MaintainingSFLifeDenzil R. Miller, Maintaining the Spirit-Empowered Life: How to Walk Daily in the Spirit’s Power (Springfield, Missouri: AIA Publications, 2015). In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist refers to Jesus, saying, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is ... Read More

  • Denzil Miller: Overcoming the Enemy

    DMiller-Overcoming-coverDenzil R. Miller, Overcoming the Enemy: How to Challenge and Defeat Demonic Spirits (Springfield, Missouri: AIA Publications, 2016). This work is part of a pamphlet series produced by the Assemblies of God World Mission for their Acts in Africa initiative. It can be downloaded without cost. ... Read More

  • Denzil Miller: How to Preach on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

    DMiller-HowToPreach_coverDenzil R. Miller, How to Preach on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Springfield MO: AIA Publications, 2013). Dr. Denzil R. Miller has written an important and timely work that will be a great tool for pastors and teachers of the Pentecostal persuasion. This small e-book lists ... Read More

  • Denzil Miller: Spirit-Empowered Mission

    DMiller-SpiritEmpoweredMissionDenzil R. Miller, Spirit-Empowered Mission: Africa’s Decade of Pentecost and the New Testament “Strategy of the Spirit” (Springfield MO: AIA Publications, 2013). I had been given opportunity to review Denzil R. Miller’s 35 page booklet, Spirit-Empowered Mission: Africa’s Decade of Pentecost and the New Testament “Strategy ... Read More

  • In Witchbound Africa

    Africa-MohammadYearussaman_cropMissionary-scholar Jim Harries discusses contemporary conditions and understandings of witchcraft in sub-Saharan Africa. Introduction Questions about witchcraft seem to float threateningly on the edge of most missiological discussions on Africa. Various authors of a recent edition of IBMR (International Bulletin for Missionary research (39(1)) have done us ... Read More

  • Praying the News

    newspapers-MattPopovichThe “news” is by its nature, mostly negative. An airliner that makes it to its destination is not news, but one that falls out of the sky is. The national TV networks try to include positive news stories such as “the person of the week” ... Read More

  • N. T. Wright: Paul and His Recent Interpreters and The Paul Debate, reviewed by Amos Yong

    NTWright-dualPaulN. T. Wright, Paul and His Recent Interpreters: Some Contemporary Debates (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), xxiii + 379 pages. N. T. Wright, The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle (Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2015), xi + 110 pages. I must confess that ... Read More

  • Scot McKnight: The Heaven Promise

    SMcKnight-TheHeavenPromiseScot McKnight, The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth About Life to Come (WaterBrook, 2015), 224 pages. Scot McKnight shows in this book that the vision of Heaven the Bible gives is precisely what we need for a vision of what life should be on earth ... Read More

  • David Bennett: Edward Irving Reconsidered

    ??????????????????David Malcolm Bennett, Edward Irving Reconsidered: The Man, His Controversies, and the Pentecostal Movement (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2014), 344 pages. David Malcolm Bennett (author, biographer, researcher, and lecturer) has written a biographical sketch of Edward Irving, which is economically summarized in its title. As ... Read More

  • Fresh look at charismatic classic on Healing

    DHernandez&HinduWomanDeaf3yrs-300x300Evangelist David Hernandez reflects on the Spirit’s ministry of healing and the classic work by Francis MacNutt. Recently, I was at a crusade in a certain country where we saw many extraordinary things take place. Through the sound system in those nights, the gospel was preached ... Read More

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