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Desire Prophecy: Pursuing what builds the church

Desire Prophecy: Pursuing what builds the church

  Pastor Lathrop reminds us that we should pursue the gifts of the Spirit—especially that we might prophesy—in order to build up the church.   The subject of spiritual gifts is an on-going controversies in the contemporary church. Sincere, Bible-believing Christians are divided over this very important issue. Some in the church maintain that certain […]

Wesley and the Pentecostals

Wesley and the Pentecostals

  Discover the heritage of John Wesley that runs deep in Holiness and Pentecostal movements.   Pentecostalism is what some might call the forgotten legacy of John Wesley. In nearly 100 years the movement has become the fastest growing body of Christians on the face of the planet. Pentecostalism is growing at a rate of […]

John Alexander Dowie

John Alexander Dowie

  The Pentecostal movement and Pentecostal theology has been known for a ministry of divine healing. Donald Dayton lists four cornerstones doctrines in Pentecostal theology. Among them is the doctrine of divine healing.1 The practice of divine healing did not enter into the ministry of Pentecostals by some emotional meeting under a canvas tent. Historically, […]

Rightly Understanding God's Word: Context of Genre: Narrative, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Context of Genre: Narrative, by Craig S. Keener

In this chapter from the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series, Craig S. Keener investigates the question, what can we really learn from the narratives in the Bible? As appearing in Pneuma Review Spring 2005.   Introduction to Context of Genre Although we have surveyed and illustrated many of the most important general rules for interpretation, […]

John the Baptist and the Prophetic Spirit of Pentecost

John the Baptist and the Prophetic Spirit of Pentecost

  In this article, Professor James Hernando is sure to challenge you with the urgency and mandate of prophetic preaching. But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them: “Men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you and give heed to […]

The Healing Promise, A Charismatic Response

The Healing Promise, A Charismatic Response

In this review essay from the Winter 2005 issue, Pastor Graham Old reviews the book The Healing Promise by cessationist Richard Mayhue.   Richard Mayhue, The Healing Promise: Is it always God’s will to heal? (Christian Focus Publications, 2001), 228 pages. Richard Mayhue states that his purpose in writing this book is to “develop a […]

Empowered to Serve: an interview with French L. Arrington

Empowered to Serve: an interview with French L. Arrington

  Pneuma Review: How do you feel the Pentecostal/charismatic church today is doing at understanding and effectively communicating the teachings of the Bible? What can leaders do to improve? French Arrington: Generally speaking Pentecostal/charismatic preaching and teaching is not substantive in biblical content. In making this observation I must ask, however, what sector is being […]

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 […]

Rightly Understanding God's Word: Learning Context, Part 1, by Craig S. Keener

Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Learning Context, Part 1, by Craig S. Keener

Part of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener. As appearing in Pneuma Review Summer 2003.   Chapter 2: Learning Context Although all of us officially recognize the importance of context, most Bible readers still ignore it in practice. You may be an exception, but do not be too disturbed if you […]

Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches and Ecumenism: An Interview with Mel Robeck

Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches and Ecumenism: An Interview with Mel Robeck

  A conversation with Professor and Pentecostal Statesman Cecil M. Robeck, Jr.   PneumaReview.com: As a Pentecostal, how do you define ecumenism? Mel Robeck: The term “ecumenism” is derived from the Greek word oikoumene, which comes from the noun, oikos. The basic meaning of oikos is “house,” and by extension, oikoumene refers to those things, […]

Gene Green: As For Prophecies, They Will Come to and End

Gene Green: As For Prophecies, They Will Come to and End

Gene L. Green, “‘As For Prophecies, They Will Come to and End’: 2 Peter, Paul and Plutarch on ‘The Obsolescence of Oracles,’” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 82 (2001), pages 107-122. Any Pentecostal/charismatic that has encountered a cessationist—those who believe the “supernatural” gifts of the Holy Spirit have ceased—has heard 1 Cor […]

Edward Irving: Preacher, Prophet and Charismatic Theologian

Edward Irving: Preacher, Prophet and Charismatic Theologian

Introduction The restoration of the power of the Holy Spirit has come to fruition in the 21st century. The charismatic renewal has touched nearly every segment of the Church around the world. It is exciting to be part of a spiritual movement that has affected literally hundreds of millions of people. Yet this restoration of […]

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 4, by Kevin M. Williams

The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel’s Messiah, Part 4, by Kevin M. Williams

“Now when He heard that John had been taken into custody, He withdrew into Galilee” (Matthew 4:12). This verse is not, as some might think, God incarnate fleeing danger.  Rather, it is possible that this was in fulfillment of John’s words about Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). John understood, as […]

Worldviews in Conflict: Christian Cosmology and the Recent Doctrine of Spiritual Mapping (Part 2)

Worldviews in Conflict: Christian Cosmology and the Recent Doctrine of Spiritual Mapping (Part 2)

  Editor note: Readers are encouraged to join this conversation about strategic-level spiritual warfare, spiritual mapping, and living the Spirit-filled life. Please add your comments under the article.     Satan in the Bible When dealing with the related doctrines of Satan and demons, it has become almost customary to cite the warning from C.S. […]

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