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The Kingdom and the Power, reviewed by Jon Ruthven

Second, if one unpacks the unbiblical and philosophically flawed concept of “miracle” upon which cessationism depends, the doctrine collapses of its own weight. Third, against the oft-repeated charge that nowhere does the Bible explicitly teach that spiritual gifts are to continue, one can offer at least 20 passages. I do not think Kingdom and the Power exploited these passages systematically enough.

It is fair to say that never before has a single book defending the continuation of spiritual gifts assumed such a breadth, depth and scope of argument. Kingdom and the Power deserves a far greater place at the table than it has heretofore received. I would strongly recommend that this work receive consideration as a text in Pentecostal or charismatic theology, or, if one is using traditional evangelical texts in systematics: here is a badly-needed supplement to the bland, deficient diet one finds in some noncharismatic theology.

Reviewed by Jon Ruthven


Most chapters from The Kingdom and the Power have been reprinted serially in Pneuma Review.

An earlier version of this review appeared in Pneuma 20:2 (Fall 1998) and is reprinted here with permission.

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About the Author: Jon M. Ruthven, Ph.D., spent his entire adult life in ministry, starting with David Wilkerson in Boston and New York City in the mid-60s. After spending a dozen years pastoring, a couple a years as a missionary in Africa as the head of Bible school, he ended up teaching theology in seminary for 18 years. Always interested in training and discipleship, Jon is developing a radically biblical approach to ministry training that seeks to replicate the discipling mission of Jesus in both content and method. Jon has written numerous scholarly papers and books including On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Postbiblical Miracles (1993 and 2009) and What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology? Tradition vs. Biblical Emphasis (2013). He continues to emphasize the biblical grounding for a practical ministry of healing, signs and wonders in the power of the Spirit. Facebook.

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