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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 […]

Martyn Wendell Jones: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church

Martyn Wendell Jones: Inside the Popular, Controversial Bethel Church

Martyn Wendell Jones, “Kingdom Come in California?” Christianity Today (May 2016). Describing himself as a curious skeptic, Martyn Wendell Jones set out to find out for himself if what was happening in Redding, California at Bethel Church was indeed a move of God and that revival was taking place. Jones who attends a Presbyterian (PCA) […]

Ed Shaw: Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

Ed Shaw: Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

Ed Shaw, Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life (Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2015), 172 pages. Ed Shaw was educated at Durham University and Oak Hill Theological College. He is the pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol, England, and part of the editorial team at livingout.org. He has worked […]

Celebrate the Equipping Church

Celebrate the Equipping Church

Every church has an awesome privilege of supporting, encouraging, training, and equipping each person to fulfill their God-given purpose. Party Time? Everyone loves a good party. We all love to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy our successes—not to mention relishing the flattery of our peers. Relish …That reminds me, we’re going to need almost a dozen […]

Should I Join a Home Church?

Should I Join a Home Church?

Guest writer Tracy Close answers the question, “What’s So Important About Having a Home Church?” She shares the importance and benefits of belonging to a local body of believers and what should keep us together. Many Christians have become disillusioned with the idea of organized religion. Through dissatisfaction, for one reason or another, their unrest […]

Getting Your Church Unstuck From Growth Hindrances

Getting Your Church Unstuck From Growth Hindrances

Pastor Dan Brown offers practical suggestions for taking your church to the next level of significance. Most of us have been stuck somewhere, somehow—in the desert sand off the main road; up a tree we climbed in our pre-adolescence; or, on a tricky algebra problem. But somehow, someway we got unstuck. When our tires spun […]

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    Amos Yong is Professor of Theology & Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. His graduate education includes degree...

    Jelle Creemers: Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals

    Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. (Duke University), is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is author of many books<...

    Listening for God’s Voice and Heart in Scripture: A conversation with Craig S. Keener

    William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major w...

    Evangelist of Pentecostalism: The Rufus Moseley Story

    Wolfgang Vondey, Ph.D. (Marquette University) and M.Div. (Church of God Theological Seminary), is Reader in Contemporary Christianity and Pentecostal Studies at the Universit...

    Steven Felix-Jager: Pentecostal Aesthetics