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The Quest for the Primitive Church

The Quest for the Primitive Church

As a historian of the persecution that Bulgarian Pentecostals endured under Soviet control, Dr. Dony Donev has much to say about becoming an earnest, Bible-believing community of believers.   The meaning of life is hidden behind the answers of the existential questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What follows next? The narrow road […]

Marcus Moberg: Church, Market, and Media

Marcus Moberg: Church, Market, and Media

Marcus Moberg, Church, Market, and Media: A Discursive Approach to Institutional Religious Change (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 216 pages, ISBN 9781474280570. Perhaps the strongest attributes of Church, Market and Media is the manner in which it is structured. Many books pertaining to social media, even ones academically produced, are structured around the use of social media […]

Nine Significant Features of the Chinese House Church

Nine Significant Features of the Chinese House Church

God is doing something amazing in China. With the special permission of the publisher, PneumaReview.com presents Chapter 20 from the book by Eugene Bach and Brother Zhu, The Underground Church. “[T]he house churches of China are growing at a phenomenal rate. Never in the history of the world have so many people in such a […]

Miracles and the Gifts of the Spirit All Through Church History

Miracles and the Gifts of the Spirit All Through Church History

Historian Jeff Oliver has written a three-volume series on how the gifts of the Spirit have continued all through Christian history. PneumaReview.com speaks with Jeff about his series and how we should expect God to do supernatural things through his church today. PneumaReview.com: Tell us some of your story. What Christian traditions influenced you growing […]

A Leading Pentecostal Theologian Asks the Catholic Church: Can we imagine an ecumenical future together?

A Leading Pentecostal Theologian Asks the Catholic Church: Can we imagine an ecumenical future together?

Mel Robeck is in Rome, Italy, February 12 through March 23, 2018 teaching a course titled “Global Pentecostalisms: Development, Doctrine, and Dialogue” at the Gregorian University, a premier Jesuit institution. While there, he also lectured at the Angelicum University, a Dominican school, on the nature of “Pentecostal Preaching.” He also participated with a Jesuit scholar […]

Adam McHugh: Introverts in the Church

Adam McHugh: Introverts in the Church

Adam S. McHugh, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture, Revised and Expanded (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017), 240 pages, ISBN 9780830843916 Introverts in the Church was first released in 2009. The book caught my eye back then because I am an introvert. I reviewed the first edition of the […]

Faith in the City: How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers

Faith in the City: How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers

Christian History Institute (CHI), publisher of Christian History magazine (CH), announces its latest issue, titled: Faith in the City – How the Early Church Flourished in Urban Centers. The entire issue focuses on how Christians lived in early urban centers and emerging cities, which became building blocks of Western Civilization. This issue, #124, examines the ancient “city movement” together […]

Social Media and the Pentecostal Church

Social Media and the Pentecostal Church

In this March 2016 paper, Kyle Smith notes important issues about how Christians, particularly Pentecostals, are influenced by social media and how churches are using it to increase their reach. Where has the center moved? The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of social media on the Pentecostal church. The history and […]

An Appreciation of Martin Luther: On Why Many Denominations Do Not Destroy the Unity of the Church

An Appreciation of Martin Luther: On Why Many Denominations Do Not Destroy the Unity of the Church

I was raised in the 1950s, in the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church, and was taught that Martin Luther led the “Protestant Revolt” against the Catholic Church. Worse, he was largely responsible for “rending the unity” of the Universal Church. Even today, when Catholics no longer attack Luther directly, they often slyly point out how many […]

An Apostate Church?

An Apostate Church?

Can a denomination move so far from biblical truth that it should be considered apostate? What about those local churches that have not embraced heresy or rejected the biblical gospel yet remain within the denomination?     After reading the article, “The Charismatic Renewal,” by historian William De Arteaga, A.D.M. responded with this comment: I […]

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

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

Wars 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 of the good news of Jesus on the margins of […]

The Future of the Church in China: Why China’s House Churches will Prevail

The Future of the Church in China: Why China’s House Churches will Prevail

If you are a Christian from North America or Europe, when you enter the Holy Trinity Church in Kunming, China, the architecture of this beautiful, stately structure will immediately remind you of home, of traditional churches in the West. It even has a steeple. The atmosphere of quiet reverence will also seem familiar to Western […]

Amos Yong: The Bible, Disability, and the Church

Amos Yong: The Bible, Disability, and the Church

Amos Yong, The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), viii+ 161 pages. Amos Yong is professor of theology and mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His other books include The Spirit Poured Out on All […]

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Church in 2017

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Church in 2017

In this guest article by Rev. Percy McCray, he offers excellent practical suggestions for strengthening your local community of Jesus followers. It’s the start of a new year and thoughts turn to eating better, getting more organized, or even reconnecting with old friends. But within your New Year’s resolutions, are you considering the health of your church? The following are […]

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