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Ajith Fernando: The Call to Joy and Pain

Ajith Fernando: The Call to Joy and Pain

   Ajith Fernando, The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007), 192 pages, ISBN 9781581348880. The Call to Joy and Pain by Ajith Fernando is a provocative analysis of the issue of pain and suffering. While he does not treat the cosmic problem of the reason for suffering in […]

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

  The shocking parable of the Good Samaritan provides an example of how the church can be an agent of transformation. In this story from Luke 10, a despised minority person demonstrates God’s love and shows today’s Christians the essence of authentic social transformation.   The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the […]

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Story of Zacchaeus

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Story of Zacchaeus

  The power of personal faith in Christ changing people and society around them. A study in Luke 19:1-10 by James D. Hernando.     The story of Zacchaeus is one of the most intriguing in Luke’s gospel—a literary masterpiece filled with vivid imagery, drama, and biting irony. It is the story of the conversion […]

The Problem of Suffering: A Response from 1 Peter

The Problem of Suffering: A Response from 1 Peter

  Rebecca Skaggs with Thomas Doyle lead us into a biblical and thoughtful look at the reality of suffering.   The Issue Why is there suffering in the world? Further, why does it appear that often “good” people suffer when the “wicked” often thrive? Where is God when people suffer individually and collectively? For centuries, […]

Will the Real Paul Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Paul Please Stand Up?

A review essay by pastor, scholar Tony Richie about the new perspective on Paul. Simon Gathercole, “What Did Paul Really Mean?: ‘New perspective’ scholars argue that we need, well, a new perspective on justification by faith” Christianity Today (August 2007), pages 22-28. Simon Gathercole is a NT scholar and former Senior Lecturer in New Testament […]

Proclaiming the Gospel with Miraculous Gifts in the Postbiblical Early Church

Proclaiming the Gospel with Miraculous Gifts in the Postbiblical Early Church

  Many stories in Christian history are filled with accounts of charismatic gifts, miracles, signs and wonders.   The emergence of the Pentecostal, the neoPentecostal or charismatic, and third wave movements in our century has raised a variety of vital questions that demand answers. Among these is the issue of whether the spiritual gifts enumerated […]

What Meaneth This? A Question for 21st Century Pentecostalism

What Meaneth This? A Question for 21st Century Pentecostalism

Doug Beacham, General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, shares a timely challenge about giving an answer for the hope within us.   The year 2008 is shaping up as an unusually violent period of natural disasters around the world. In the United States tornados are destroying homes, business, and in some cases, entire […]

Called to Suffering, Partakers of Joy: An Interview with Ajith Fernando

Called to Suffering, Partakers of Joy: An Interview with Ajith Fernando

Does the church need a doctrine of suffering?   The Pneuma Review had an opportunity to speak with Ajith Fernando, the national director of Youth For Christ in Sri Lanka, about his recent book The Call to Joy and Pain. This book has received the 2008 Book Award from Christianity Today in the church and […]

Answers to Questions with Philip Ryken

Answers to Questions with Philip Ryken

  Note from the Editors: Pastor Ryken has graciously taken time to answer questions that readers of this discussion have raised about how the church should respond to postmodernism.   Question from reader: Why does it seem that some of the great themes of the past are fading from emphasis? What happened to Hell, lostness […]

Recent Cessationist Arguments: Has the Storm Center Moved?

Recent Cessationist Arguments: Has the Storm Center Moved?

  John C. Poirier looks at recent trends regarding those Christians who say the supernatural gifts of the Spirit have ceased, and what their arguments are today.   As I write this, cessationism is in the news for an apparent slippage in its subscription base: on June 1, 2007, the Research Division of LifeWay (the […]

Prophetic Ministry: an interview with John Paul Jackson

Prophetic Ministry: an interview with John Paul Jackson

    Do you think that the Christian church as a whole is becoming more receptive to prophetic ministry? Yes, I do believe that is happening. I say that for several reasons, four of which I’d like to address here. The first is obvious to me personally—I am speaking in many more denominational settings. Ten […]

In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Review, reviewed by Amos Yong

In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Review, reviewed by Amos Yong

Don Garlington, In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Reviews (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005), viii + 245 pages. Garlington earned his MDiv and ThM degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and his PhD in New Testament at the University of Durham under James D. G. Dunn. He taught from 1987-2002 […]

Effectively Engaging Pluralism and Postmodernism in a So-Called Post-Christian Culture

Effectively Engaging Pluralism and Postmodernism in a So-Called Post-Christian Culture

  A Review Essay of Lesslie Newbigin’s The Gospel in a Pluralist Society. “Pluralist!” “Postmodern!” Lately these two terms are increasingly, and sometimes carelessly, bandied about as especially descriptive of the present age. They signify such complex concepts that sometimes even defining the terminology can be difficult. To make matters even more intimidating for many […]

Personal Prophecy: How Much Can We Trust It?

Personal Prophecy: How Much Can We Trust It?

  Bible teacher Eddie L. Hyatt asks: What is the place of personal prophecy in the local church and our lives? It seems that almost everyone has an amusing or thought-provoking anecdote about an encounter with personal prophecy. For example, a prophet once exhorted me that I no longer had to be concerned about my […]

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