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Wisdom and Power in the Cross of Christ

Wisdom and Power in the Cross of Christ

Excerpts from The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church: Grounding Pneumatic Experiences and Renewal Studies in the Cross of Christ. Abstract: The cross of Christ crucified symbolized the central theme of Paul’s ministry. In his letter to the Corinthians, the apostle commenced his correspondence with “the message […]

Healing and Salvation in the Cross of Christ

Healing and Salvation in the Cross of Christ

What are some of the practical implications of a theology of the cross and the Spirit in the realm of healing and ministry? This excerpt comes from the final chapter of Cletus Hull’s book, The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church. As a pastor for thirty years, […]

The Cross Divides the Saved and Lost by God’s Power

The Cross Divides the Saved and Lost by God’s Power

It is the power of God that uses all that the Cross of Christ represents to separate those that are being rescued from those that are lost. This excerpt from Cletus Hull’s book, The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church, is an exegetical study of First Corinthians […]

Christology and the Cross

Christology and the Cross

There is power in the cross of Christ. In this excerpt, pastor, theologian, and historian Cletus Hull introduces us to his new book, The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit in the Corinthian Church: Grounding Pneumatic Experiences and Renewal Studies in the Cross of Christ.   The cross of Jesus and […]

The Power of the Cross and Healing in a Pastor’s Ministry

The Power of the Cross and Healing in a Pastor’s Ministry

Introduction As a Christian youth, the first book I read from cover-to-cover was David Wilkerson’s The Cross and the Switchblade. For my senior paper in college, I wrote about “The Wisdom of the Cross in 1 Corinthians 1:18.” Throughout my life, the theme of the cross of Jesus has appeared in my life and academic […]

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

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

Gary 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 of Teen Challenge and personality behind the famed story […]

Mark D. Baker: Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross

Mark D. Baker: Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross

Mark 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 Cross (2000, second edition 2011), which was co-authored by […]

The theology and influence of Karl Barth: an interview with Terry Cross

The theology and influence of Karl Barth: an interview with Terry Cross

Karl Barth was an influential Swiss Reformed theologian that lived from 1886 to 1968. Featured on postage stamps and the cover of Time (April 20, 1962), today we would call him a rock star among theologians. A strong critic of those Christians who supported the Nazis, Barth is best known for his involvement in the […]

Claiming Inheritance or Dying to Self: Theology of Glory or Theology of the Cross?

Claiming Inheritance or Dying to Self: Theology of Glory or Theology of the Cross?

  This chapter is from Paul L. King’s book Only Believe: Examining the Origins and Development of Classic and Contemporary Word of Faith Theologies.   Several years ago I read St. John of the Cross on mortification of self and at the same time read Robert Schuller on self-esteem. I learned from both, even though […]

David Brondos: Paul on the Cross

David Brondos: Paul on the Cross

  David A. Brondos, Paul on the Cross: Reconstructing the Apostle’s Story of Redemption (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006), 241 pages, ISBN 9780800637880. It is always healthy to question what we think we know about the Bible, for the simple reason that it is all too easy to smuggle traditional readings into a text that often should […]

Hans Boersma: Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross

Hans Boersma: Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross

Hans Boersma, Violence, Hospitality, and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004), 288 pages. Hans Boersma takes a serious look at the traditional theories of atonement and investigates the role of violence in Christ’s saving work. To speak of violence in the context of God’s work of salvation is both obvious […]

The Power of the Cross: Old Testament Foundations: Signs, Wonders and the People

The Power of the Cross: Old Testament Foundations: Signs, Wonders and the People

  Old Testament Foundations: Signs, Wonders and the People, by Jeffrey J. Niehaus When the Son of God came to earth he brought what the Bible metaphorically calls the “water” of the Holy Spirit, who had been poured out on him without measure. The Son’s first advent was foretold by the prophet Isaiah, who foresaw […]

The Power of the Cross: Introduction

The Power of the Cross: Introduction

  Introduction Increasing millions of believers worldwide claim that God still works miraculously through His people today.1 They claim that Christians should expect to preach the gospel and minister the gospel’s power with all the gifts of the Spirit, including the miraculous gifts (prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, gifts of healing, working of […]

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