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Voyle Glover: Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Predators

Voyle Glover: Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Predators

  Voyle Glover, Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Predators: Legal FAQs for Church Leaders (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2005), 133 pages. The author of Protecting Your Church Against Sexual Predators is a lawyer. It is no surprise then, that the book is first and foremost a legal primer – one intended to help pastors and […]

Ivor Davidson: The Birth of the Church

Ivor Davidson: The Birth of the Church

Ivor J. Davidson, The Birth of the Church: From Jesus to Constantine, A.D. 30-312. The Baker History of the Church, Vol. 1. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004), 400 pages. Books on the rise and growth of the early church abound, focusing on various personalities and emphases. Do we need additional volumes to add to this library? […]

Ian Stackhouse: The Gospel-Driven Church

Ian Stackhouse: The Gospel-Driven Church

  Ian Stackhouse, The Gospel-Driven Church: Retrieving Classical Ministry for Contemporary Revivalism (Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster Press, 2004), 291 pages. This, in the words of the Foreword, “is the first in a series of books that reflect the work of an ecumenical conversation,” where Stackhouse reflects from his own, earlier Restorationist roots, on his own […]

Norma Cook Everist: The Difficult but Indispensable Church

Norma Cook Everist: The Difficult but Indispensable Church

  Norma Cook Everist, ed. The Difficult but Indispensable Church (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002), 262 pages. This book is a collaboration of members of the Wartburg Theological Seminary and includes 21 individual authors. Their goal is not to develop a cohesive, monolithic work, but to examine the (local) church from many different personal viewpoints and […]

Andrew Clarke: Serve the Community of the Church

Andrew Clarke: Serve the Community of the Church

  Andrew D. Clarke, Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000), 305 pages. Clarke’s interest lies in discerning the attitude towards leadership in the early church, in New Testament times. Rejecting the traditional, protestant position that the early church was essentially a charismatic community which, through time, […]

Max Turner: The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts in the New Testament Church and Today

Max Turner: The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts in the New Testament Church and Today

  Max Turner, The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts in the New Testament Church and Today, Revised Edition (Hendrickson Publishers/Baker Academic, 1998), 383 pages. The purpose of this work is to explore the significance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. The book consists of two parts. The first part examines […]

Richard Longenecker: Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today

Richard Longenecker: Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today

  Richard N. Longenecker, ed., Community Formation in the Early Church and in the Church Today (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2002), 251 + xix pages, ISBN 9780801046964. The new believer is not likely to progress far in his or her spiritual walk before coming across someone calling the church today to return to our New […]

Martyn Percy: Power and the Church

Martyn Percy: Power and the Church

  Martyn Percy, Power and the Church: Ecclesiology in an Age of Transition (London and Herndon, Va.: Cassell, 1998), xv + 239 pages, ISBN 9780304701070. Widely published in the area of conservative religion in general and conservative Christianity in particular, theologian Martyn Percy turns in this book to questions concerning the nature of power in […]

Prophecy in the Church Today: an interview with Michael Sullivant

Prophecy in the Church Today: an interview with Michael Sullivant

  Pneuma Review: What is the biblical role of the prophet today? Allow me to begin by stating that I define “prophetic” in a simple and broad way. It has generally to do with direct divine communication by the Holy Spirit to and/or through human beings. “Prophetic” then serves as an umbrella term that has […]

Michael Brown: Revolution in the Church

Michael Brown: Revolution in the Church

  Michael L. Brown, Revolution in the Church: Challenging the religious system with a call for radical change (Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2002), 224 pages. Dr. Brown has authored a provocative book that puts forth his view of how the church needs to change to best fulfill the mandate set forth by Jesus. The book […]

Daniel A. Brown

Belonging to a Local Church: A Foundation for Believers

A minister writes about the importance of significant and intentional community for followers of Jesus. Church-hopping Christians who flit from one congregation to another do have a problem—but it is not with the people they meet, as they think. It is with themselves, observes one veteran pastor who believes local church involvement is the true […]

State of the Church 2002

State of the Church 2002

Half of the Churches in America are growing have fewer than 100 participating adults (25% have less than 50) are located in a rural or small town setting Less than 10% of all churches in America have more than 1000 in attendance. Keys to Growth Growing churches report that they: welcome change have cultural affinity—finding […]

Pentecost and the Inside-Out Church

Pentecost and the Inside-Out Church

  A timely reminder of the empowerment of the Spirit in our daily lives. Not long ago a young woman I’ll call Karen asked if she could talk with me about her plans for the future. I had known Karen for several years but I hadn’t seen her in a long, long time. She said […]

The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church?  (Part 3) by Wayne A. Grudem

The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church? (Part 3) by Wayne A. Grudem

Part 3 and conclusion of Professor Grudem’s exegetical study of 1 Corinthians 13. The Duration of Prophecy: How Long Will Prophecy Be Used in the Church? The Relationship between the Gift of Prophecy and Scripture In addition to the interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, there is one other area of concern to the question of […]

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