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Simon Chan, Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition

Simon Chan, Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition

Simon Chan, Pentecostal Theology and the Christian Spiritual Tradition (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic, 2000, reprint 2003), paperback, 129 pages. Simon Chan dares to offer an answer to a question many contemporary Pentecostals are only recently even daring to ask. How do we pass on Pentecostalism’s distinctive beliefs and experiences to subsequent generations? For apocalyptic and […]

Pilgrimage Into Pentecost: The Pneumatological Legacy of Howard M. Ervin

Pilgrimage Into Pentecost: The Pneumatological Legacy of Howard M. Ervin

Pastor Isgrigg introduces us to Professor Ervin and how he helped shape the landscape of today’s Pentecostal/charismatic movement.   Introduction Howard M. Ervin, a Baptist and Pentecostal scholar, paved the way for other scholars to defend the Pentecostal faith in the academic world. During the last half of the twentieth century, charismatics, evangelicals and Pentecostals […]

The Impact of Martin Luther and the Reformation on Modern Revivalism

The Impact of Martin Luther and the Reformation on Modern Revivalism

  What can the Reformer teach us about revival?   The emphasis by Martin Luther and other Reformers on the ultimate authority of Scripture and the priesthood of all believers opened the way for all the great revivals of the modern era. Luther’s work broke the paralyzing hold of a religious hierarchy that claimed final […]

Numbers 11 and a Pentecostal Theology of Church Leadership

Numbers 11 and a Pentecostal Theology of Church Leadership

In this day of specialization, it seems we have a difficult time combining thorough Bible study and relevant practical application. Too often, practitioners do not get their principles from studying the Bible, and scholars do not produce relevant principles and practical application. I would like this essay to begin a dialogue that will bring these […]

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 […]

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