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The Long Journey Home

The Long Journey Home

In Conversation with Andrew Schmutzer An interview with Andrew Schmutzer about The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, and part 1 of his chapter, “A Theology of Sexuality and its Abuse: Creation, Evil, and the Relational Ecosystem” as appearing in Pneuma Review Summer 2013.           Note from […]

Todd Hunter's Giving Church Another Chance, reviewed by James Williams

Todd Hunter’s Giving Church Another Chance, reviewed by James Williams

Todd D. Hunter, Giving Church Another Chance: Finding New Meaning in Spiritual Practices (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2010), 167 pages, ISBN 9780830837489. Formerly national director of the Association of Vineyard Churches, USA, Todd Hunter is now a Bishop in the Anglican Communion of North America with the responsibility of church planting. Giving Church Another […]

The Holy Spirit  and the Chinese Church: Interview with Dennis Balcombe

The Holy Spirit and the Chinese Church: Interview with Dennis Balcombe

Veteran missionary, Dennis Balcombe, talks to PneumaReview.com about the Acts of the Holy Spirit in modern-day China. Pneuma Review: Please tell our readers how you were called to China. Dennis Balcombe: I was brought up in a traditional Methodist church that only preached the “Social Gospel.” At 16 years old, a friend invited me to […]

The Prayer of Jesus: Our call to unity, by John P. Lathrop

The Prayer of Jesus: Our call to unity, by John P. Lathrop

This chapter is from John P. Lathrop’s book Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity. The Prayer of Jesus In John 17 we find the longest recorded prayer of Jesus; the apostle John, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, included it in his gospel. In fact, it is preserved for us […]

Jonathan Leeman's The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love, reviewed by Timothy Lim Teck Ngern

Jonathan Leeman’s The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love, reviewed by Timothy Lim Teck Ngern

  Editor’s Note: This is the full review of Jonathan Leeman, The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love. For the Review in Brief, see the full Fall 2012 issue of Pneuma Review. Jonathan Leeman, The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline, 9-Marks Building […]

Martyn Percy, Shaping the Church

Martyn Percy, Shaping the Church

Martyn Percy, Shaping the Church: The Promise of Implicit Theology, Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology Series (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2010), 193 pages, ISBN 9780754666004. Martyn Percy, Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and professor at King’s College and Heythrop College London, and the Church of England’s Oxford Ministry Course (for equipping ordinands), adds to […]

John P. Lathrop

Principles of Church Leadership by John P. Lathrop

How Shall We Lead the Church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Pastor John Lathrop says that New Testament leadership should be scripturally based, marked by servanthood, Spirit-empowered, and equipping everyone for ministry.   Jesus Christ has a very real relationship with the church. He described the church as His and said that He would build […]

The Holy Spirit Never Left the Church

The Holy Spirit Never Left the Church

  In 1987, on the 250th Anniversary of its’ founding, I visited New Herrnhut Moravian Church on the island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Visiting this mountain-side shrine and the jungle overhanging its cemetery impacted my life in a way I will carry to my grave. There are churches in the Western Hemisphere […]

Leading a Church in the Twenty-first Century: An International Perspective

Leading a Church in the Twenty-first Century: An International Perspective

How 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 into a nominal Hindu home that […]

Loren Sandford: The Prophetic Church

Loren Sandford: The Prophetic Church

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 has authored several books, and written, produced, and recorded […]

Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

Elephant in the Church: Identifying Hindrances and Strategies for Discipleship

   Introduction “Nondiscipleship is the elephant in the church.” So Dallas Willard1 pictures the obviousness and enormity of the problem. Richard Foster agrees, “Perhaps the greatest malady in the Church today is converts to Christ who are not disciples of Christ—a clear contradiction in terms. This malady affects everything in church life….”2 Brian McLaren asks, […]

Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

Church and Unity: Wolfgang Vondey on Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

  From the Conversations with Readers department appearing in the Spring 2011 issue.   A Reader writes about a review that appeared in the Winter 2011 issue: In his review of Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (Brazos, 2009), Wolfgang Vondey writes, “At least in their understanding of […]

Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods

  Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008), 335 pages, ISBN 9781433501302. This is an engaging production by the dynamic, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church together with an experienced, theological teaching collaborator. It expresses the experimental fusion of mission focused churchmanship with a particular style of […]

How to Lead a Missional Church that Expands God's Kingdom

How to Lead a Missional Church that Expands God’s Kingdom

  How should we lead the church? In this Pneuma Review conversation, Dr. Victor H. Cuartas describes how to expand the vision of the local church to reach the world.   Introduction God’s plans for His beloved Church are marvelous. One of the most important aspects in the life of the church is leadership. Leadership […]

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