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Summer 2016

  • Jeffrey Keuss: Your Neighbor’s Hymnal

    Keuss.YourNeighborsHymnal.93697Jeffrey F. Keuss, Your Neighbor’s Hymnal: What Popular Music Teaches Us about Faith, Hope, and Love (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011). As a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a bi-vocational pastor who makes the bulk of his living as a professional musician, I was ... Read More

  • Roger Olson: Should Western Christians Rediscover Exorcism?

    RogerOlson-patheosRoger E. Olson, “Should Western Christians Rediscover Exorcism?” Patheos (June 9, 2016). This is a most interesting article. The author, a noted Evangelical scholar and pastor, was involved in the early charismatic movement where he saw some of the extremes of the early charismatic deliverance movement. ... Read More

  • Mark D. Baker: Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross

    MBaker-ProclaimingScandalCrossMark D. Baker, ed., Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross: Contemporary Images of the Atonement (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006), 208 pages, ISBN 9780801027420. Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross is principally a supplemental volume to an earlier book entitled Recovering the Scandal of the ... Read More

  • Gregg Allison: Roman Catholic Theology and Practice

    GAllison-RomanCatholicTheologyPracticeGregg R. Allison, Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014), 493 pages. Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society, book review editor for ... Read More

  • Roger Olson: What Baptists get wrong about the Sacraments

    RogerOlson-patheosRoger E. Olson, “Why I Think Baptists (and ‘baptists’) Have It Wrong about the Sacraments” Patheos (May 27, 2016). I have found this article by Dr. Olson, professor of theology at Baylor University, most interesting. It is specifically limited to his fellow Baptists, but has much ... Read More

  • Leland Ryken: A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible

    LRyken-CompleteHandbookLiteraryFormsBibleLeland Ryken, A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014), 220 pages. Leland Ryken, past professor of English at Wheaton College (Illinois), has spent a significant amount of his career helping readers improve their interpretation and appreciation of the literary character ... Read More

  • Basil the Great: On the Holy Spirit

    Basil-HolySpiritBasil the Great, trans. Stephen Hildebrand, On the Holy Spirit, Popular Patristics (Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2011). In the fourth century after Christ, with the full deity of the Third Person of the Trinity at stake, St. Basil the Great comes firmly establishing a ... Read More

  • The Christian Seder Meal as Sacrament and Precursor to the Fulfillment of Romans 11

    SederTable-Gilabrand-WikimediaCommons-crop Several weeks ago I posted a Facebook notice with pictures enthusiastically describing a Christian Passover I participated in at the church of Christ the King (Anglican) in Hiawassee, GA. The service was marked by observing the Jewish Passover rituals and prayers, but with Christian interpretations ... Read More

  • Preserving Evangelical Unity

    MMeiring-PreservingEvangelicalUnityMichael L. Meiring, ed., Preserving Evangelical Unity: Welcoming Diversity in Non-Essentials (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009). In Preserving Evangelical Unity, editor Michael L. Meiring brings together a variety of voices from within the Evangelical community to discuss an assortment of theological issues for which there ... Read More

  • Leland Ryken: J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life

    LRyken-JIPackerLeland Ryken, J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015), 432 pages, ISBN 9781433542527. The Thesis In J. I. Packer: An Evangelical Life, Leland Ryken aims to not merely recount the life events of leading evangelical scholar J. I. Packer, but also to show who he ... Read More

  • Gordon Smith: Called to Be Saints

    GSmith-CalledToBeSaintsGordon T. Smith, Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity (IVP Academic, 2014), 256 pages. Evangelicals are known for their emphasis on conversion, but unfortunately they often neglect life after conversion and beyond justification. Needed, therefore, is a comprehensive theology of the Christian life ... Read More

  • Animals as Religious Subjects, reviewed by Stephen Vantassel

    AnimalsAsReligiousSubjectsCelia Deane-Drummond, Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser, and David L. Clough, eds., Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives (Oxford: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2013, 2014), vii+310 pages, ISBN 9780567659767. This volume is an outgrowth of papers presented at the third biennial meeting of the European Forum for the ... Read More

  • Andy Crouch: Strong and Weak

    ACrouch-StrongWeakAndy Crouch, Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing (IVP, 2016), 192 pages, ISBN 9780830844432. If life is meant to be about flourishing and leading others towards the same outcome, one might naturally ask how it can be attained? This is ... Read More

  • Jesus and Jewish Prayer

    wiki-JesusGoesInTheEveningToBethany_JamesTissot-cropThroughout Jesus’ ministry, there were various instances in which he stepped out of the public eye and entered into a private place of prayer. Jesus instructed his disciples not to pray “in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen ... Read More

  • Vern Poythress: Redeeming Philosophy

    VPoythress-RedeemingPhilosophyVern S. Poythress, Redeeming Philosophy: A God-Centered Approach to the Big Questions (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014), 303 pages. Vern S. Poythress is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary, where he has taught for nearly four decades. In addition to earning six academic degrees, ... Read More

  • Life with the Holy Spirit

    splashdown-DominikMartin-602x402This guest article is chapter four, “The Holy Spirit,” from Dean Schendel’s book, Oneness: A Call to Honor God in the Marriage Relationship.   Be Filled In Ephesians, Paul instructed believers to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as ... Read More

  • Mark Noll: Turning Points

    MNoll-TurningPointsMark A. Noll, Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity, 3rd Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012), 356 pages. Mark Noll is professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. He has taken up the challenge of constructing a “Church history” textbook for ... Read More

  • Gary Wilkerson: David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed

    GWilkerson-DavidWilkersonGary Wilkerson, with R.S.B. Sawyer, David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014), ISBN 9780310326274 David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed is an honest and candor assessment written by the son of David Wilkerson (founder ... Read More

  • Contemporary Applications of Humility from Teachings of the New Testament

    HumilityReviewEssayA review essay of two books on biblical humility by Michelle Vondey.   Two books: both on humility, both using the Bible as a framework, both of interest to those who study humility academically and who take the need for humility seriously in their vocation. Though similar ... Read More

  • Darren Sarisky: Theology, History, and Biblical Interpretation

    DSarisky-TheologyHistoryBiblicalInterpretationDarren Sarisky, Theology, History, and Biblical Interpretation: Modern Readings (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015), 490 pages. Darren Sarisky received his PhD from King’s College Aberdeen, UK, and he currently holds a position as Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK where he also teaches ... Read More

  • Don’t Forget the Poor: A Biblical Approach to Addressing Poverty

    DontForgetPoor-370x270What has God called you to do? In this chapter from Your Call to Work & Mission: Following Jesus 24/7, Johan Mostert challenges all followers of Jesus to remember those trapped in poverty and take practical steps to demonstrate God’s love for them. Evangelism, global missions, ... Read More

  • Walter Dickhaut: Building a Community of Interpreters

    DickhautWalter R. Dickhaut, Building a Community of Interpreters: Readers and Hearers as Interpreters (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2013) 125 pages, ISBN 9781610979962. Walter R. Dickhaut, in his small volume, Building a Community of Interpreters: Readers and Hearers as Interpreters, proposes that listeners and hearers of a ... Read More

  • Mark Foreman: Prelude to Philosophy

    MForeman-PreludePhilosophyMark W. Foreman, Prelude to Philosophy: An Introduction for Christians (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013), 208 pages, ISBN 9780830896608. According to Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” But to many, if not most modern people, pursuing the examined life is unappealing and even unnecessary. ... Read More

  • Blessed and Blessing: David’s First Anointing

    KHunt-Davids1stAnointing_simpleA devotional from Kirk Hunt’s book, Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals for Gospel Champions (CadreMen Press, 2015). Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So ... Read More

  • Harlyn Purdy: A Distinct Twenty-First Century Pentecostal Hermeneutic

    Harlyn Graydon Purdy, A Distinct Twenty-First Century Pentecostal HermeneuticHarlyn Graydon Purdy, A Distinct Twenty-First Century Pentecostal Hermeneutic (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015). In this monograph, Harlyn Graydon Purdy, President of Pentecostal Bible College in Malawi, sets forth to contribute to the ongoing discussions about Pentecostal hermeneutics. The author expresses concerns regarding trends in ... Read More

  • Pentecostal Theological Education: Shiloh Bible College China

    PentecostalTheologicalEducation_ShilohBCCWhat does Spirit-filled education look like around the world? Seasoned missionary Dennis Balcombe introduces us to Shiloh Bible College in Shenzhen, China. Part of the Pentecostal Theological Education Around the World series from PneumaReview.com. PneumaReview.com: What does Pentecostal Theological Education look like in China? Dennis ... Read More

  • Prayer Stations to Bless Your Community

    PrayerStationLooking for a practical way to reach your community and share the love of Jesus? The Prayer Station is a wonderful evangelistic ministry. It enables you to touch many persons who have never experienced healing prayer with the power of God. Being healed on the spot ... Read More

  • Michael Kruger: The Question of Canon

    MKruger-TheQuestionOfCanonMichael J. Kruger, The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013), 256 pages. Despite the fact that the contours of the Christian canon were decided by the fourth century, vibrant and vigorous discussion about the authenticity ... Read More

  • Craig Keener on Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost

    EerdCast-SpiritHermeneutics-cover-554x309 Craig S. Keener speaks about his new book, Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost, with Eerdman’s Publishing. How do we hear the Spirit’s voice in Scripture? How do we move from exegesis to Spirit-guided application in our lives and communities? In Spirit Hermeneutics biblical ... Read More

  • Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 2

    ckeener-matthewseries-l2 The second in a series of 19 lectures on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This session is entitled, “The Reliability of the Gospels, Part 2; Miracles, Part 1.”     For further reading: Craig S. Keener, Gospel of Matthew: ... Read More

  • Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 1

    ckeener-matthewseries-l1 The first in a series of 19 lectures on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This lecture is entitled, “The Reliability of the Gospels.”     For further reading: Craig S. Keener, Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009). The ... Read More

  • Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 3

    ckeener-matthewseries-l3 The third in a series of 19 lectures on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This session is entitled, “Miracles, Part 2, Exorcism.”     For further reading: Craig S. Keener, Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009). The Secret ... Read More

  • Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 4

    ckeener-matthewseries-l4 The forth in a series of 19 lectures on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This lecture is entitled, “Introduction to Matthew, Matthew 1.”     For further reading: Craig S. Keener, Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009). The ... Read More

  • Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 6

    ckeener-matthewseries-l6 The sixth in a series of 19 lectures on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This lecture is entitled, “Matthew 3—4.”     For further reading: Craig S. Keener, Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009). The Secret Codes in ... Read More

  • Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 5

    ckeener-matthewseries-l5 The fifth in a series of 19 lectures on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This lecture is entitled, “Matthew 2—3.”     For further reading: Craig S. Keener, Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009). The Secret Codes in ... Read More

  • Blessed and Blessing: David’s Second Anointing

    khunt-davids2ndanointingA devotional from Kirk Hunt’s book, Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals for Gospel Champions (CadreMen Press, 2015). Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. 2 Samuel 2:4a NKJV David’s second anointing came during a time of personal sorrow and ... Read More

  • Latino Pentecostalism, a review essay by Amos Yong

    latinopentecostals-ayongGastón Espinosa, Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action (Cambridge, MA, and London: Harvard University Press, 2014), xi + 505 pages. Daniel Ramírez, Migrating Faith: Pentecostalism in the United States and Mexico in the Twentieth Century (Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina ... Read More

  • Pioneer Women of Pentecostal Revivals

    lpayne-genderpentecostalrevivalismLeah Payne speaks with PneumaReview.com about her book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism.   PneumaReview.com: For your book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism, why did you concentrate on the ministry of two revivalists? Leah Payne: I wanted to explore how gender (as well as race and class) shaped Pentecostal Revivalism ... Read More

  • Our hearts broken; our country in crisis … What should we do?

    AHbanner To say we are living in troubled times is an understatement. All of us are hurting. Our society must heal. We need the power of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit and heal our communities; heal our world. Emotions are running high. Like millions of others, ... Read More

  • The Charismatic Renewal

    wdearteaga-thecharismaticrenewal  Historian William De Arteaga introduces us to the beginning and early years of the Charismatic Movement, when Pentecostalism and the gifts of the Spirit publicly and dramatically entered into the mainline churches.   Previous articles in this series covered the origins of Pentecostalism, and the Full ... Read More

  • Summer 2016: Other Significant Articles

    othersignificant-summer2016 Richard J. Mouw, “Mormons Approaching Orthodoxy” First Things (May 2016). Richard Mouw argues that today’s Mormons do not necessarily agree with the 1840 Snow couplet, “As man is, God once was. As God is, man may become.” Mouw, president emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary, says that ... Read More

  • Paul Pomerville: The Third Force in Missions

    ppomerville-thethirdforceinmissions_revisedPaul A. Pomerville, The Third Force in Missions: A Pentecostal Contribution to Contemporary Mission Theology (Hendrickson Publishers, 2016), 276 pages, ISBN 9781619707689. In the updated version of The Third Force in Missions: A Pentecostal Contribution to Contemporary Mission Theology (Hendrickson Publishers, 2016), Paul A. Pomerville offers ... Read More

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