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Spring 2017

  • Vern Poythress: Did Adam Exist?

    Vpoythress-DidAdamExistVern S. Poythress, Did Adam Exist?, Christian Answers to Hard Questions series (Westminster Seminary Press/P & R Publishing, 2014), 39 pages. Today, Christians are under increasing pressure to “justify” their belief in the Biblical account of creation. Geneticists claim that their research has undermined the viability ... Read More

  • Roger Olson: Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas: Can Their Approaches to Christian Political Ethics be Bridged?

    Bridge-ValorKopeny-564x383Roger E. Olson, “Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas: Can Their Approaches to Christian Political Ethics be ‘Bridged?’” Patheos (February 27 and 28, 2017). Part 1. Part 2. This two-part article by the noted Evangelical scholar, Roger Olson, should be of interest to practically every reader of ... Read More

  • Tripp York: The End of Captivity?

    ?????Tripp York, The End of Captivity?: A Primate’s Reflections on Zoos, Conservation, and Christian Ethics (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2015), ix + 135 pages. Tripp York, professor in the Religious Studies department at Virginia Wesleyan College, has been deeply involved in the area of human-animal ethics ... Read More

  • Holy Week: Remembering our Coptic brothers and sisters

    Palm_frond-FelixBurtonHappy Monday morning! Yesterday was Palm Sunday, a Christian celebration of the last week of our Lord Jesus’ earthly life and ministry. But, this year, a week of reflection on Jesus’ love, life, and sacrifice began with a global tragedy; our brothers and sisters in Tanta, Egypt were brutally attacked. CNN reports, “ISIS claimed responsibility ... Read More

  • Sophie Hartman: Crowns of Beauty

    SHartman-CrownsOfBeautySophie Hartman, Crowns of Beauty: A Story of Brokenness, Courage and Beauty Rising from Ashes (Westbow Press, 2016), 210 pages, ISBN 9781512739282. Love is a word we use often, particularly as Christians. Yet, what is it? Apart from the abstract concept or a transient emotional experience, ... Read More

  • Pentecostal Theological Education: Indonesia

    PentecostalTheologicalEducation_IndonesiaWhat does Spirit-filled education look like around the world? Theologian and educator, Ekaputra Tupamahu speaks with about Pentecostal theological education in Indonesia. Part of the Pentecostal Theological Education Around the World series. When did American Pentecostal missionaries start to go to Indonesia? Ekaputra Tupamahu: ... Read More

  • Sam Storms: Practicing the Power

    SStorms-PracticingThePower_cropSam Storms, Practicing the Power: Welcoming the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Your Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017), 272 pages, ISBN 9780310533849 In Practicing the Power Sam Storms addresses issues related to the exercise of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the church. ... Read More

  • Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons: Gnostic Fighter and Unifying Theologian

    Irenaeus_cropPastor Derek Vreeland gives a brief introduction to an important early church father.   Early Life Little is known about the early life of Irenaeus (c. 130-202). He was born into a Christian home in Asia Minor in modern-day Turkey. Most Catholic histories claim that he was born ... Read More

  • Salt, Light, a City Set on a Hill

    salt-lightIn the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), Jesus teaches that His followers are the “salt of the earth;” “the light of the world;” and “a city set on a hill.” For the past several months, I have pondered what Jesus means.   Salt of the earth When ... Read More

  • His Move, His Touch

    TrustingJesusDifficultSituationAre you in a desperate circumstance and can’t see a way out? This devotional study from Kirk Hunt will encourage you and help you focus on Jesus. The Story 22And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw ... Read More

  • Resources for Churches: Raising Awareness about Child Sexual Abuse

    Resources-CSAApril is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and I invite you to avail yourself of some excellent resources being offered by the Church Law & Tax Report. Richard R. Hammar, “Child Sexual Abuse: Far too many churches are legally vulnerable” Church Law & Tax Report (March-April ... Read More

  • Exploring the African Seedbed in Biblical History, Christian Theology and Spirituality

    CliftonClark&LisaBowens&Jamal-DominiqueHopkins&AntipasHarris-cropDr. Antipas L. Harris (Twitter: @drantipas ) moderated the Global Think Tank on “Exploring the African Seedbed in Biblical History, Christian Theology and Spirituality” at the 2017 Bishop TD Jakes International Pastors and Leadership Conference. More than 8,000 people attended. The response to the Global Think ... Read More

  • William De Arteaga: Pentecostal (and Anglican) Plays (and Postscripts)

    WDeArteaga-PentecostalPlaysWilliam De Arteaga, Pentecostal (and Anglican) Plays (and Postscripts) (CreateSpace, 2017), 148 pages,  ISBN 9781544150888. Those who only know Bill De Arteaga from his scholarly work will find this little book, less than 150 pages, to be a delightful romp. Unlike his columns in The Pneuma ... Read More

  • Jelle Creemers: Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals

    JCreemers-TheologicalDialogueJelle Creemers, Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals: Challenges and Opportunities, Ecclesiological Investigations 23 (New York and London: Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2015), x + 320 pages. The Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue has completed five rounds since it was launched in 1971. Each round has consisted of weeklong ... Read More

  • James K. A. Smith: You Are What You Love

    JSmith-YouAreWhatYouLoveJames K. A. Smith, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (Brazos Press, 2016), 224 pages, ISBN 9781587433801. James K.A. Smith is a philosophy professor at Calvin College and author of many books and articles. He has designed this book to focus on ... Read More

  • Steve Bremner: Nine Lies People Believe about Speaking in Tongues

    SBRemner-9LiesSteve Bremner, Nine Lies People Believe about Speaking in Tongues (Destiny Image, 2016), 217 pages. Steve Bremner is a missionary to Peru. He co-hosts and produces the “Fire on Your Head” podcast and contributes to Fire Press, which is an online Christian magazine he founded in ... Read More

  • Why believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?

    KWilliams-WhyBelieve Messianic teacher Kevin Williams offers a compelling reason to trust in God alone. First, I must confess that I believed in God at a very young age. Only the Almighty knows who the two men were who visited my house those many years ago. I ... Read More

  • Larry Hurtado: Destroyer of the Gods

    LHurtado-DestroyerOfTheGodsLarry W. Hurtado, Destroyer of the Gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016), 304 pages, ISBN 9781481304740. Larry Hurtado is well known for his books on Christ-devotion among the earliest Christians, and for his text-critical work on the New Testament. ... Read More

  • Leadership and Gardening

    DReiland-Leadership&GardeningPastor and ministry coach, Dan Reiland, says there are important lessons to be learned in the garden about leadership. My brother Lan is the one in the family with a green thumb. He and his wife Stacey live in Southern California, and their yard is ... Read More

  • Spreading from the Frontiers: Another Look at the Gospel in the Medieval Church

    GothicChurch-LianeMetzler_cropWars without end, daily terror, displacement of entire populations: Can the medieval Church help us understand how to respond to our troubles today? What relationship should there be between the Church and political power? What should we make of how monks lived out their understanding ... Read More

  • Interview with Charles Carrin about his book Spirit-Empowered Theology

    SpiritEmpoweredTheologyInterview Why did you choose to write a book on theology? Charles Carrin: I had a specific God-instruction to write a “charismatic catechism” for the benefit of Spirit-filled believers who had no such resource. I began working and the book assumed the nature of a ... Read More

  • Psychopathic Children

    BillDeArteaga86x107Another controversial posting by Dr. William De Arteaga. Here he comments on the wildly celebrated article in the Atlantic Monthly which describes psychopathic children. Dr. De Arteaga suggests that some cases may be due to early demonic infestation. Visit his blog: Read More

  • Neil MacDonald: Metaphysics and the God of Israel

    NMacDonald-MetaphysicsGodOfIsraelNeil B. MacDonald, Metaphysics and the God of Israel: Systematic Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006). Neil B. MacDonald (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is currently a lecturer in theology at the University of Surrey Roehampton in London. Academic specialization can ... Read More

  • Randy Clark: Supernatural Missions

    RClark-SupernaturalMissionsRandy Clark, compiler, Supernatural Missions: The Impact of the Supernatural on World Missions (Mechanicsburg, PA: Apostolic Network of Global Awakening, 2012), 406 pages, ISBN 9781937467340. Randy Clark is very well known in the Spirit-filled community, having been involved in supernatural ministry for over 20 years. He is ... Read More

  • Michael Yount: A. B. Simpson

    ??????????????????Michael G. Yount, A. B. Simpson: His Message and Impact on the Third Great Awakening (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016), 232 pages, ISBN 9781498282802. An appreciation for the role that A. B. Simpson (1843–1919), founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, played in the shaping ... Read More

  • The Insanity of God: An Interview with Nik and Ruth Ripken

    Ripkens20141231 Please tell our readers briefly what your film The Insanity of God is about. Nik and Ruth Ripken: The Insanity of God journeys with Nik and Ruth Ripken as they seek to walk in obedience and follow what God has asked of them. From the ... Read More

  • Jennifer Miskov: Writing in the Glory

    JMiskov-WritingInTheGloryJennifer A. Miskov, Writing in the Glory: Living from Your Heart to Release a Book That Will Impact the World (Redding, CA: Silver to Gold Publishing), 123 pages. As a writer of both fiction and non-fiction (and an English teacher), I have read countless books on ... Read More

  • An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story

    AnAmericanConscience“An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story” PBS (Aired April 2, 2017). This documentary, produced for the Public Broadcasting System, is a very fine introduction to the life, writings and influence of Reinhold Niebuhr, perhaps the most prominent and influential American theologian of the 20th Century. ... Read More

  • Stakes are Global in Decline of Pluralism in Indonesia

    IndonesiaProtest20170331-CahayaMaulidianThe sentencing of Jakarta’s former governor, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, a Christian and ethnic Chinese, to two years in prison for alleged blasphemy is a cause for serious concern not only for religious minorities and tolerant Muslims in the archipelago, but also in the global ... Read More

  • The Demise of Metanarrative and the Implications for Culture

    JCrupper-Demise_cover Introduction “Simplifying in the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.”1 “A massive intellectual revolution is taking place that is perhaps as great as that which marked off the modern world from the Middle Ages. The foundations of the modern world are collapsing, and we ... Read More

  • Robert Graves: Praying in the Spirit, 2nd edition

    RGraves-PrayingInTheSpirit2017Robert W. Graves, Praying in the Spirit (Tulsa, OK, Empowered Life, 2017), 280 pages, ISBN 9781680310870. Praying in the Spirit was first released in 1987. Now, thirty years later, it has been re-released in an updated and expanded edition. Robert Graves is eminently qualified to write ... Read More

  • Spring 2017: Other Significant Articles

    OtherSig-Spring2017   Craig Keener, “Who Comes to Steal, Kill, and Destroy?: The ‘thief‘ may not be who you think it is” Christianity Today (April 2017).   Andrea Lathrop, “Going Deeper with God for All the Right Reasons: Why leaders should invest in their spiritual growth and how,” Influence (Feb/Mar ... Read More

  • Celebrating Fathers in a Fatherless Society

    AntipasHarris201706Happy Monday! Yesterday was Father’s Day. I am grateful for my father. He has always been fully present in my seven siblings’ and my life. We certainly credit his involvement, as well as mom’s participation for any good that we have experienced. Thank God for parents! Last week, the U.S. ... Read More

  • Cindy Wooden: Pope Plans Pentecost Celebrations with Charismatics and Pentecostals

    PopeFrancisInvitationCindy Wooden, “Pope Plans Pentecost Celebrations with Charismatics and Pentecostals” Crux (May 2, 2017). This very brief article in the Catholic journal Crux reveals that Pope Francis is hosting a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beginnings of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR hereafter). He ... Read More

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