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Summer 2011

  • Coming in the Fall 2011 (14:4) Issue

    composition-with-autumnleaves-1440684-m  Read a chapter from Steven M. Fettke’s new book, God’s Empowered People: A Pentecostal Theology of the Laity (Wipf & Stock 2011).   “How should we lead the church?” Eric Scalise continues the conversation with his article, “Healthy Leadership and the High Cost of Caring.”   Some reviews to ... Read More
  • Summer 2011: Other Significant Articles

    CT201101  Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Enduring Church: Believers in every age worry about the collapse of the faith” Christianity Today (January 2011), pages 44-47. Morality declining? Bad doctrine hurting churches? Others have worried about such things before. What can this tell us about our call to reach ... Read More
  • Thomas Reynolds: Vulnerable Communion

    TReynolds-VulnerableCommunion9781587431777  Thomas E. Reynolds, Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2008), 256 pages, ISBN 9781587431777. Difference, normalcy, embodiment, community, and redemption are all topics that relate to disability. Disability studies have greatly increased with the onset of late modernity, and this ... Read More
  • Kevin Williams on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

    CT201012  Kingdom of Heaven, Justification:  Is There a Conflict? Something Missing? In this review essay, Kevin Williams responds to Scot McKnight’s article that introduces a conversation among theologians. Scot McKnight, “Jesus vs. Paul” Christianity Today (December, 2010), pages 24-29. The December 2010 cover encapsulates the discussion: Jesus preached almost exclusively ... Read More
  • Tony Richie on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

    CT201012  Must Re-centralizing Jesus Mean Displacing the Spirit? A Review Essay of Scot McKnight’s “Jesus vs. Paul” In this review essay, Tony Richie responds to Scot McKnight’s article that introduces a conversation among theologians. Scot McKnight, “Jesus vs. Paul” Christianity Today (December, 2010), pages 24-29. The December 2010 cover ... Read More
  • Biblical Imagery: The Metaphorical Symbols of the Holy Spirit

    dove-smallflightChristian theology should always be concerned to speak about God on the basis of God’s self-communication in Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit. God comes to us in Christ Jesus through the power and personal presence of the Holy Spirit. God exists in differentiated personhood. ... Read More
  • Walter Brueggemann: Divine Presence Amid Violence

    WBrueggemann-DivinePresenceAmidViolence  Walter Brueggemann, Divine Presence Amid Violence: Contextualizing the Book of Joshua (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2009), xii + 82 pages, ISBN 9781606080894. To begin this review quite honestly, I chose the text because of the difficult dilemma it was attempting to resolve, namely violence and the Bible ... Read More
  • Words and the Word: Explorations in Biblical Interpretation and Literary Theory

    WordsAndWord9781844742882  David G. Firth and Jamie A. Grant, eds., Words and the Word: Explorations in Biblical Interpretation and Literary Theory (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2008), 317 pages, ISBN 9780830828982. Prior to the post-modern period, many of the critical methodologies used in biblical studies such as redaction criticism, form ... Read More
  • David Augsburger: Dissident Discipleship

    DAugsburger_Dissident_Discipleship_sm  David Augsburger, Dissident Discipleship: A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2006), 245 pages, ISBN 9781587431807. Augsburger, an American Anabaptist author, currently professor of pastoral care and counseling at Fuller Seminary, explains that his book’s purpose is to ... Read More
  • One of a Kind: The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions

    one  Adam Sparks, One of a Kind: The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2010), 325 pages, ISBN 9781606083451. In this book Reformed theologian Adam Sparks attempts to contribute to the theology of religions conversation ... Read More
  • Everett Worthington: A Just Forgiveness

    EWorthington-AJustForgiveness Everett L. Worthington, Jr., A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing without Excusing Injustice (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009) 252 pages, ISBN 9780830337014. Since this reviewer has sat under Worthington in a seminar setting in an American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) national meeting, it is a personal ... Read More
  • John Goldingay: Genesis for Everyone

    JGoldingay-GenesisForEveryone  John Goldingay, Genesis for Everyone Part One: Chapters 1−16 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 197 pages. John Goldingay, Genesis for Everyone Part Two: Chapters 17−50 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 186 pages. Genesis for Everyone lives up to its name. This two volume contemporary commentary ... Read More
  • Leading a Church in the Twenty-first Century: An International Perspective

    Aldwin RagoonathHow Shall We Lead the Church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, preacher and international instructor Aldwin Ragoonath asks, what is hindering church growth in North America? How can we can lead towards growth in the church in the Twenty-first century?   Where I am Coming From I was born ... Read More
  • Loren Sandford: The Prophetic Church

    rlsandford-PropheticChurch R. Loren Sandford, The Prophetic Church: Wielding the Power to Change the World (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2009), 218 pages, ISBN 9780800794620. Loren Sandford, senior pastor of New Song Fellowship, is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and a widely recognized leader within the charismatic renewal. He ... Read More
  • In Conversation with Loren Sandford

    R. Loren Sandford  Pneuma Review: What was it like growing up in a household where your parents had such a distinctive ministry? Please tell our readers about your own journey and how you came into prophetic ministry. R. Loren Sandford: There were strong positives and strong negatives. It wasn’t ... Read More
  • Pneuma Review Summer 2011

    Pneuma ReviewThe full issue of The Pneuma Review (14:3) Summer 2011, now in digital format. Find all of the articles and reviews, in easy-to-read format on the Archive page. Read More
  • Richard Soulen: Sacred Scripture

    RSoulen-SacredScripture-9780664232467  Richard N. Soulen, Sacred Scripture: A Short History of Interpretation (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2009), xv + 216 pages, ISBN 9780664232467. There are numerous books presenting overviews of the history of biblical interpretation. This book belongs near the top in terms of readability—it can be read ... Read More
  • Michael Austin: Wise Stewards

    MAustin-WiseStewards  Michael W. Austin, Wise Stewards: Philosophical Foundations of Christian Parenting (Kregel Academic, 2009), 192 pages, ISBN 9780825424250. Wise Stewards begins with the philosophical question “What gives meaning, purpose, and value in life?” But don’t let the philosophical focus of this book scare you away. One ... Read More
  • Mark Powell: Introducing the New Testament

    MPowell-IntroNT-9780801028687  Mark Allan Powell, Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), 560 pages, ISBN 9780801028687. In the long line of NT introductions, there are some whose chief merits lie in the depth of their analysis, and there are others ... Read More
  • Gary Burge: Jesus and the Land

    GBurge-JesusLand9780801038983  Gary M. Burge, Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to “Holy Land” Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic: 2010), 176 pages, ISBN 9780801038983. Affirming the normal human practice of attaching oneself to land—of having a place to call home—Burge recognizes the practical and political challenges ... Read More
  • Stephen Nichols: The Reformation

    SNichols-TheReformation  Stephen J. Nichols, The Reformation: How a Monk and a Mallet Changed the World (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007), 159 pages, ISBN 9781581348293. Stephen J. Nichols has written a book on church history that is interesting, informative, and entertaining. The book is titled, The Reformation: How a ... Read More
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