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Summer 2014

  • America shall be Saved: An interview with Reinhard Bonnke

    RBonnke-Portrait-07_small  Reinhard Bonnke is an evangelist anointed by God to preach the good news around the world. His intense focus on proclaiming the love, power, and forgiveness found only in Jesus Christ has been blessed by the Lord in amazing ways. Pastor Bonnke has preached in ... Read More
  • Introducing Gary Shogren

    GaryShogren_small  Gary Shogren is a New Testament scholar you should read and get to know about if you are interested in a biblical defense of the continuation of the gifts of the Spirit. Dr. Shogren has been a professor of New Testament for more than twenty years, ... Read More
  • Recent Homegoings: Stanley Horton and Amata Fabbro

    DrHorton  We mourn the loss and celebrate the lives of these followers of Jesus that have gone on before us.   Stanley Horton Pentecostal theologian, author, and statesman, Rev. Dr. Stanley Monroe Horton, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was 98. The obituary from the Assemblies of God Theological ... Read More
  • Mourning for the terrible persecution of Christians

    WeAreN  Let us remember our brothers and sisters in Christ who are under intense persecution. These news stories will break your heart, please read them prayerfully.   Nigeria: More than 1600 Christians murdered for their faith in first half of 2014   #ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to ... Read More
  • Highlights from Black Theology and Leadership Institute 2014

    2014_Princeton-112  Candace Laughinghouse sent these highlights with her report of the 2014 annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton.   From right to left: Worship in the chapel. In the midst of a great conversation within my cohort for the week. Me and Prof. Dr. John W. ... Read More
  • The 2014 Black Theology and Leadership Institute

    2014 Black Theology and Leadership Institute  This summer, I was selected to attend the annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute (BTLI) at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Yolanda Pierce – the Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Studies and Literature and Liaison with the Princeton University Center for African American ... Read More
  • 75th Church of God International General Assembly: Historic Encounters, Hints of What Lies Ahead

    MarkWilliams-GeneralAssembly2014_edit  Official church historians consider the Church of God (Cleveland, TN USA) the oldest continuing, and one of the largest, Pentecostal ecclesial organizations in the world. It dates back to 1886 with roots in the Unicoi Mountains of Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. It considers ... Read More
  • Dony Donev: The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev

    DDonev-LifeMinistryRevIvanVoronaev  Dony K. Donev, The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev: Now with a Special Addition of the (Un)Forgotten Story of the Voronaev Children (Spasen Publishers, 2011), 72 pages, ISBN 1477496939. Dony Donev has provided a rare glimpse into the life of purportedly one of the ... Read More
  • Craig Keener on Anti-supernaturalism and Cessationism

    Keener-Summer2012  “Is seriously suggesting that there is a cause and effect relationship between German anti-supernaturalism and cessationism?” — From comments on Craig Keener’s review of John MacArthur, Strange Fire It’s not cause-and-effect, though there is a relationship. Antisupernaturalism may have made it easier for hard ... Read More
  • Highlights from the Charismatic Anglican 2014 Prayer Conference

    ADOTS-PrayerConference2014  A report from the 2014 Anglican Diocese of the South Intercessory Prayer conference by William De Arteaga. The conference was convened at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville, Georgia, from August 27 – 28, 2014.   I had the privilege of speaking and participating in the ... Read More
  • Watch the Charismatic Anglican 2014 Prayer Conference Live

    ADOTS-PrayerConference2014  See the report from William De Arteaga:   Anglican Diocese Of The South Intercessory Prayer Conference 2014 Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:30 AM – Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EDT) Beginning at 9:00 am Wednesday, you can live stream the conference. Long instructions: point your browser to ... Read More
  • Response to hard cessationist critic, by Craig Keener

    CKeener-CessationismCollage  Craig S. Keener responds to a critic’s comment posted on his statement about the relationship between anti-supernaturalism and cessationism.     I find here, as in the book to which I originally responded, some strange lumping together of all charismatics’ beliefs to the detriment of any particular charismatic. ... Read More
  • D. Stephen Long: Saving Karl Barth

    DSLong-SavingKarlBarth  Stephen Long, Saving Karl Barth: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Preoccupation (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014), 272 pages, ISBN 1451470142 Stephen D. Long, professor of systematic theology at Marquette University, presents a remarkable rendering of the long ecumenical discussion and theological friendship between Hans Urs von ... Read More
  • Solving a Language Puzzle: Between England and Africa

    puzzles-1439090-1-m  Missionary Jim Harries presents a cogent argument for using indigenous language.   Words originating in English are often written and even pronounced in a different way than in English when in a different language. This always brings a challenge when using a foreign language. Let me give some ... Read More
  • Discussing the Emotionally Destructive Marriage

    EmotionalDestructiveMarriage_intro  There is no perfect marriage, we all stumble and face conflict. But how do we deal with a marriage that has become emotionally destructive? In the US today, at least one in four Christian women are in an emotionally destructive marriage. And the church, which ... Read More
  • Summer 2014: Other Significant Articles

    pink-water-lily-1446044-m  Fred Sanders, “John Wesley on Experiencing the Trinity” Seedbed (February 10, 2014).   J. Lee Grady, “Don’t Let Super-Spiritual People Hurt Your Church” CharismaNews (July 24, 2014). Kenneth J. Archer says, “I think this is fairly accurate and worth reading.”   Matthew Schmitz, “How I Evolved on Gay Marriage: ... Read More
  • Jeffrey Overstreet: How I Got “Dead Poets Society” Wrong: And how a great professor changed my mind

    robin-williams-dead-poets-society  Rob Wilkerson resonates with a recent article.   Jeffrey Overstreet, “How I Got Dead Poets Society Wrong: And how a great professor changed my mind” ChristianityTodayOnline (September 16, 2014). Overstreet’s article brought back memories. A lot of them, to be honest. To some degree, the feelings the movie ... Read More
  • Conversation with Retired Brig. General Rebecca Halstead

    Becky Halstead speaks with Becky Halstead—the first woman general to lead in combat at the strategic level*—about faith, leadership, and how churches can support the men and women who serve in the military. Please tell us about where you come from and why you aspired to ... Read More
  • Just Politics, Moral Deficit, Killing and Following Jesus: Amos Yong reviews four Ron Sider books

    Ron Sider speaking at "Christ at the Checkpoint" conference in Bethlehem in March 2012. Image: Danielbannoura / Wikimedia Commons  Ronald J. Sider, Just Politics: A Guide for Christian Engagement (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2012), xvii + 249 pages, ISBN 9781587433269. Ronald J. Sider, Fixing the Moral Deficit: A Balanced Way to Balance the Budget (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2012), 171 pages, ISBN 9780830837953. Ronald J. ... Read More
  • Maxwell Leadership Bible, reviewed by Dony Donev

    MaxwellLeadershipBible  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
  • Dave Kraft: Leaders Who Last

    DKraft-LeadersWhoLast-9781433513183Dave Kraft, Leaders Who Last (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 155 pages, ISBN 9781433513183. Leaders Who Last is written for church leaders—pastors, teachers, small group leaders, volunteers, and ministry staff—by a church leader who posits that this book is about leaders finishing well. Kraft encourages now and ... Read More
  • Demos Shakarian and His Ecumenical Businessmen

    DemosShakarian  Breakfast with the Holy Spirit: The FGBMFI In many countries of the world one can go to a fashionable hotel and find a Saturday breakfast meeting of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI). There they will see businessmen raising their hands in adoration and ... Read More
  • Pouring Holy Water on Strange Fire: A Critique of John MacArthur’s Strange Fire and Charismatic Chaos

    strangefiresmall Excerpts from Pouring Holy Water on Strange Fire: A Critique of John MacArthur’s Strange Fire & Charismatic Chaos by Frank Viola. The central focus of this critique is simply to show that both Scripture and church history yield strong evidence that spiritual gifts are still extant ... Read More
  • John MacArthur’s Strange Fire, reviewed by Monte Lee Rice

    MonteRice-20131212John MacArthur, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Nashville, TN: Nelson Books, 2013), 333 pages, ISBN 9781400206414. Introduction In this highly polemical book, John MacArthur argues that as an aggressive though “counterfeit” form of Christian spirituality, the global Pentecostal-Charismatic movement is ... Read More
  • Pneuma Review Summer 2014

    Pneuma ReviewThe exclusively digital edition of The Pneuma Review, Summer 2014 (17:3). Some of what you will find 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 ... Read More
  • The Theological Pillow Fight from the Nosebleed Section

    PillowFight  In this review essay by Rob Wilkerson, he reflects on his background as a disciple of John MacArthur, his becoming a continuationist anyway, and his look at Michael Brown’s book, Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire (Excel Publishers, 2013). I loved pillow fights ... Read More
  • R. T. Kendall: Holy Fire, reviewed by Mark Sandford

    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 prologue, R.T. Kendall sums up the purpose for Holy Fire: to end the “silent divorce…between the Word ... Read More
  • Mission of God Study Bible, reviewed by Dony Donev

    MissionGodStudyBible-9781433601569  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
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