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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 […]

Terry L. Cross: Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life

Terry L. Cross: Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life

Terry L. Cross, Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflections on a Theology of Vocation, Work and Life (Cleveland, TN: Lee University Press, 2007), 164 pages, ISBN 9781596843301. The author’s stated purpose is “expanding the definition of calling” (p. 6) as understood in traditional Pentecostal theology and to “show that a theology of calling […]

Roger Olson: Pocket History of Evangelical Theology

Roger Olson: Pocket History of Evangelical Theology

  Roger E. Olson, Pocket History of Evangelical Theology (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2007), 152 pages, ISBN 9780830827060. In sixteen short chapters, Olson (Ph.D., Rice University) provides us with historical essays that cover the origination, development, and maturation of Evangelical theology within North America. The introductory chapter, composed of only fifteen pages, is worth the price […]

John Collins: Encounters With Biblical Theology

John Collins: Encounters With Biblical Theology

  John J. Collins, Encounters With Biblical Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005), 243 pages, ISBN 0800637690. In the book Encounters with Biblical Theology,1 author John Collins offers a collection of essays on different aspects of the Biblical Theology movement. Collins is the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University, and has […]

Alister McGrath: Christian Theology

Alister McGrath: Christian Theology

  Alister E. McGrath, Christian Theology: An Introduction,third edition (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2001), 616 pages. Alister E. McGrath, The Christian Theology Reader,second edition (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2001), 707 pages. Alister McGrath, the Anglican Evangelical scholar who is based in Oxford University, is a prodigious author with an encyclopedic mind. He is well placed, […]

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: An Introduction to Theology of Religions

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: An Introduction to Theology of Religions

  Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, An Introduction to Theology of Religions: Biblical, Historical, & Contemporary Perspectives (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2003), 372 pages. In a world where wars are waged over disagreements between world religions, widespread ignorance and indifference regarding theology of religions is an astounding and inexcusable reality. In this book Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen takes a bold […]

Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology

Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology

As appearing in The Pneuma Review Winter 2007 Stanley J. Grenz, Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004), 289 pages. This book should be in every theological library. Stanley Grenz (1950-2005) offers a splendid account of the story of trinitarian thought in the twentieth century. The lucidly written volume […]

Review Essay, Keeping the Balance

Review Essay, Keeping the Balance

The introduction of this review essay appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Pneuma Review. Phillip Duce and Daniel Strange, eds., Keeping the Balance (Intervarsity Press, 2001), 238 pages, 9780851114828. Approaching theological and religious studies at university-level can present Christians with some special challenges. Cherished beliefs will probably be called into question and deeply held […]

From the Editor's Desk: Doing Theology

From the Editor’s Desk: Doing Theology

We study God – theologize – to learn more about who He is and His way of walking out our lives. We study to become more like Messiah and do what He reveals to us. Therefore, theology that cannot be “done” has little value. We can frame this as a biblical imperative. As we love […]

Practical Theology: Charismatic and Empirical Perspectives

Practical Theology: Charismatic and Empirical Perspectives

Mark L. Cartledge, Practical Theology: Charismatic and Empirical Perspectives (Carlisle, Cumbria, UK: Paternoster Press, 2003), 271 + xiv pages. Theology. Charismatic spirituality. Sociology. Theories of knowledge and truth. Heady topics which Mark Cartledge has successfully integrated into one book, “Practical Theology,” one of the newest volumes in the continuing series “Studies in Pentecostal and Charismatic […]

James K. A. Smith: Speech and Theology

James K. A. Smith: Speech and Theology

  James K. A. Smith, Speech and Theology: Language and the Logic of the Incarnation, Radical Orthodoxy Series (London and New York: Routledge, 2002), 186 pages, ISBN 9780415276962. The book is more complex than its title suggests. Speech and theology is a splendid inquiry into the question: how we can speak about God. More precisely, […]

Darrell Bock: Purpose-Directed Theology

Darrell Bock: Purpose-Directed Theology

  Darrell L. Bock, Purpose-Directed Theology: Getting Our Priorities Right in Evangelical Controversies (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), 114 pages. Darrell Bock’s Purpose-Directed Theology calls for a biblically grounded, theologically focused and culturally engaged evangelicalism. This work seeks to address both theological scholarship and a wider evangelical public. The back cover of the book […]

Does God Know Your Next Move?: Christopher A. Hall and John Sanders debate openness theology

Does God Know Your Next Move?: Christopher A. Hall and John Sanders debate openness theology

“Does God Know Your Next Move?: Christopher A. Hall and John Sanders debate openness theology” Christianity Today (May 21, 2001 and June 11, 2001). Pp. 38-45 (May 21) and 50-56 (June 11). There is a growing debate in theological circles that is challenging doctrines long held by evangelical Christians. The debate is over something called […]

The Kingdom of God As Scripture's Central Theme: A New Approach to Biblical Theology, Part 2

The Kingdom of God As Scripture’s Central Theme: A New Approach to Biblical Theology, Part 2

  Editors Introduction: This is part 2 of David Burns’ proposal that the Kingdom of God is the central unifying theme of Scripture. First published in two parts in the print version of Pneuma Review in 2001, we invite all readers to continue the conversation now that it has been brought online. Please leave your […]

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