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Winter 2008

  • Glocal Church Ministry

    BobRoberts Mark Galli, interviewer, “Glocal Church Ministry: Bob Roberts has an idea that may change American congregations, if not the world” Christianity Today (July 2007), pages 42-46. I have often thought of the concept of glocalzation and questioned myself, “In what ways does a local church become ... Read More
  • New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics

    NewDictionaryChristianApologetics  W. C. Campbell-Jack and Gavin J. McGrath with C. Stephen Evans, eds., New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 779 pages, ISBN 9780830824519. The first thing that should strike readers of this one-volume dictionary is the breadth of denominational and theological representation of ... Read More
  • David Buschart: Exploring Protestant Traditions

    WDBuschart-ExploringProtestantTraditions  W. David Buschart, Exploring Protestant Traditions: An Invitation to Theological Hospitality (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 373 pages, ISBN: 083082832X. This book skillfully explores a number of contemporary Protestant traditions by tracing their historical and ecclesiastical backgrounds, their theological and hermeneutical methods, and their characteristic beliefs. ... Read More
  • Rick Nanez: Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?

    RNanez-FullGospelFracturedMinds  Rick M. Nañez, Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?: A Call to Use God’s Gift of the Intellect (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2005), 235 pages. This book is a first of its kind. While others have tackled the issue of intellectual laxity among evangelicals as a ... Read More
  • Rick Richardson: Experiencing Healing Prayer

    RRichardson-ExperiencingHealingPrayer9780830832576  Rick Richardson, Experiencing Healing Prayer: How God Turns Our Hurts into Wholeness (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2005), 249 pages, ISBN 0830832572. Introduction In his new book, Experiencing Healing Prayer, author Rick Richardson contends that true biblical healing is much more than the removal of physical pain or ... Read More
  • Rex Humbard: The Soul-Winning Century

    RHumbard-Soul-WinningCentury  Rex Humbard, The Soul-Winning Century, 1906-2006: The Humbard Family Legacy … One Hundred Years of Ministry (Dallas: Clarion Call Marketing, 2006), 252 pages, ISBN 9781595740557. Since almost the beginning of the twentieth century Pentecostal movement, members of the Humbard family have been engaging in earnest, energetic ... Read More
  • Recent Cessationist Arguments: Has the Storm Center Moved?

    300px-Hurricane_Isabel_from_ISS  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, ... Read More
  • Sam Storms: Convergence

    SStorms-Convergence  Sam Storms, Convergence: Spiritual Journeys Of A Charismatic Calvinist (Kansas City: Enjoying God Ministries, 2005), 244 pages, ISBN 9780977173907. I realize that one of the words in the title of this book may prove troublesome to some; I am referring to the word “Calvinist.” This word ... Read More
  • Winter 2008: Suggested Reading

    Postmodernism_theme      Suggestions for Further Reading Readers have suggested the following as places to find good articles online for further reading on this important subject.   Robert C. Kurka, “Before ‘Foundationalism’: A More Biblical Alternative to the Grenz/Franke Proposal for Doing Theology” JETS 50:1 (March 2007).   Albert Mohler, “Christian Apologetics ... Read More
  • The Myth of Relativism: Christianity in a Postmodern World

    Postmodernism_theme  Professor Carter unpacks what relativism is to give us a better understanding of what postmodernism really is.   We are told frequently today that the great problem of the postmodern world is relativism. This problem is said to take two related forms: moral relativism and epistemological relativism. ... Read More
  • Tony Lane: A Concise History of Christian Thought

    TLane-AConciseHistoryofChristianThought  Tony Lane, A Concise History of Christian Thought, Revised Edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006), 336 pages, ISBN 9780801031595. At least one book on the history of Christian thought belongs in every Christian library. If you have more, this concise history should be the one closest ... Read More
  • Orthodox and Wesleyan Scriptural Understanding and Practice

    STKimbrough-OrthodoxWesleyanScripturalUnderstandingPractice  S. T. Kimbrough, Jr., ed., Orthodox and Wesleyan Scriptural Understanding and Practice (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2005), 330 pages.   “I sit down alone: only God is here; in His presence  I open and read this book to find the way to heaven” - John Wesley   Our search for ... Read More
  • Daniel Tomberlin: Encountering God at the Altar

    DTomberlin-EncounteringGodAltar  Daniel Tomberlin, Encountering God at the Altar: The Sacraments in Pentecostal Worship (Cleveland, TN: Center for Pentecostal Leadership and Care, 2006). Since the beginning of the Pentecostal movement, experiencing the Spirit of God has been central to Pentecostals in both private and corporate worship. When it ... Read More
  • Tim Morris and Don Petcher: Science and Grace

    ScienceGrace  Tim Morris and Don Petcher, Science & Grace: God’s Reign in the Natural Sciences (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006), 352 pages, ISBN 9781581345490. Morris (PhD in cellular and molecular biology) and Petcher (PhD in elementary particle physics) originally hoped to write a book about a theology of ... Read More
  • The Empowered Christian Life, by J. I. Packer

    Power of the CrossChristians need God’s power in order to live the way he intended. It is clear from the New Testament that the power of God is meant to accompany the gospel, and to find expression through its messengers and in the lives of those to whom the ... Read More
  • Kenneth Collins: The Evangelical Moment

    KCollins-TheEvangelicalMoment  Kenneth J. Collins, The Evangelical Moment: The Promise of an American Religion (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), 288 pages, ISBN 9780801027444. In his work, The Evangelical Moment: The Promise of an American Religion, Kenneth Collins covers a tremendous amount of territory in a little over two-hundred ... Read More
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