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Summer 2010: Other Significant Articles


Ken Walker, “A Legacy of Faith” Charisma (February 2010), pages 24-28, 54.

This tribute to Oral Roberts includes numerous sidebars and quotes from numerous Pentecostal/charismatic leaders about his life and ministry. [link updated May 13, 2014]


Organic Church

Mark Galli, “Long Live Organic Church!: But what do we do if the world isn’t transformed?”

In January 2010, Christianity Today featured an online discussion about organic church starting off with a “Soulwork” column by senior managing editor, Mark Galli. This was followed by online responses.


Neil Cole, “Long Live the Organic Church: A Response”

Author and church planter, Cole says, “We can live faithfully in the moment while attempting to transform society.”


Frank Viola, “Why Organic Church Is Not Exactly a Movement: If the driving force of any movement or phenomenon is not Jesus Christ, we are building castles in the air.”



J. I. Packer and Gary A. Parrett, “The Lost Art Of Catechesis: It’s a tried and true way of teaching, among other things, Christian doctrine” Christianity Today (March 2010), page 26.

Does your church struggle with instructing new believers in central biblical beliefs and values? Did you know that catechism has a long and successful history of grounding Christians in the basic tenets of their faith?



Two Recent Theological Controversies

James K. A. Smith, “Whose Rome? Which Catholicism? A Review of Beckwith’s Return to RomeThe Other Journal 17 (2010).

Jamie Smith reviews Francis J. Beckwith, Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2009) in Mars Hill Graduate School’s The Other Journal, to which Beckwith responds to at length in his blog.

Review: [link updated May 13, 2014]

Beckwith’s response on his blog:


Tony Jones at the Society for Pentecostal Studies

Author and theologian Tony Jones was invited to present a paper at the 39th annual Society for Pentecostal Studies convention that was hosted by North Central University, an Assemblies of God school, in Minneapolis, from March 4-6, 2010. Jones’ invitation and his participation in the annual meeting became a point of contention for some Society leaders, meeting attendees and denominational leaders. The Pneuma Review editors (two of whom attended the meeting) recommend reading Tony Jones’ blog which gives his side of the story while including responses from numerous meeting participants and organizers. [As of May 13, 2014, this link is no longer available. October 29, 2014 update: a snapshot of the page was found on this time machine website:]


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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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