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Winter 2015: Other Significant Articles

Wesley Hill, “The Way God Conducts Us: Saved Through Childbearing? Perhaps We All Are In the EndFirst Things (November 6, 2014).

William De Arteaga writes: “This is a masterpiece on the theology of motherhood.”

Ed Stetzer, “A Decision in Ferguson: How Should Evangelicals Respond? The grand jury has made a decision in Ferguson, now we have to make ours. How will we respond?” Exchange (November 24, 2014).


Michael Brown, “Now Is a Good Time to Test Our Prophecies” In the Line of Fire (December 29, 2014).

Michael Brown asks prophetic leaders, “What is your track record so far? How many of your past prophecies have come to pass?”

Warren Bird, “Putting ‘Success’ in Succession: Prominent pastors go public with how to wisely pass the leadership batonChristianity Today (November 2014), pages 50-53.


Carol Kaminski, “CASKET EMPTY: An Overview

Dr. Carol Kaminski of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary explains the dual study resource of CASKET EMPTY as a tool for memorable Bible study.

John Lathrop writes: “Looking for a little help with your Bible study? In this brief video (about 2 and a half minutes) one of my former seminary professors, Dr. Carol Kaminski, talks about a study help that she had a hand in creating.”

Ben Witherington, “News Weak—The Problems with Mr. Eichenwald’s Article” Patheos (January 6, 2015).


David Livermore, “Cultural intelligence in an age of terrorism” (January 13, 2015).

Speaking to business leaders, Dave Livermore offers solid advice about how leaders of all kinds, including church leaders, should respond to horrific incidents of terrorism.

Andrew Gabriel, “There is No Such Thing as Spiritual Gifts (Kind of)” January 13, 2015.

Monte Lee Rice pointed out this quote as significant: “Paul did not create a technical category, limited list, or box, called spiritual gifts. Rather, when Paul talks about ‘spirituals’ or ‘gifts’ in 1 Corinthians 12 and elsewhere, Paul is simply offering a number of examples of ways that the Spirit uses and enables believers to minister. There are many other ways that the Spirit can use believers!”

Chris Green, “The Spirit of Baptism: Sharing Christ’s Identity and Vocation” Seedbed (January 20, 2015).


William Simpson, “Supper Is Served: Reflections on the Temple as a Liturgical ParadigmThe Imaginative Conservative (November 24, 2014).

Philosopher-physicist William Simpson asks, “Where then shall we seek the true bread of life, in this world or beyond, and what are we willing to chance to obtain it?”

Robert Marquand, “In China, a church-state showdown of biblical proportions: Christianity is booming in China, propelling it toward becoming the world’s largest Christian nation. But as religion grows, it spurs a government crackdownChristian Science Monitor (January 11, 2015).

Suggested by William De Arteaga.

Andy Lord, “Pivotal points in Renewal” Transforming Renewal (January 30, 2015).

Monte Lee Rice selected this quote as significant: “We often look and long for new moves of the Holy Spirit, new points that will become pivotal in our lives and the life of the church. Yet rather than the dramatic and most in the news, perhaps we are best looking for the relational …”

Teaching Video: “Craig Keener: Who is the Thief that Comes to Kill, Steal, and Destroy?” Seedbed (January 30, 2015).

John Lathrop writes: “Dr. Keener speaking about John 10:10. What he says may be different from what you have heard.”

Ed Stetzer, “The Real Reason the Pentecostal Movement Keeps Growing” (February 4, 2015).

Rick Wadholm Jr. writes: “Ed Stetzer recently offered a number of sociological factors for Charisma magazine which he believes are contributing to the continuing growth of Pentecostalism globally. 1) Pentecostals Value Their Shared Experience 2) Pentecostals Want to Share Their Values 3) Worth Sharing the Spirit-Filled Experience And he offers the following towards the end: ‘Well, I’d have some theological nuances I’d like to bring in, but from a sociological perspective my response is: “I wouldn’t downplay what is in the engine.” You don’t care for some of their expression? That’s fine. But Pentecostals are trying to reach the lost and grow the kingdom. Their distinctives apparently aren’t hindering their growth—their distinctives are propelling growth globally.’”

Laura Joyce Davis, “Meet the Mom Who Stopped Joseph Kony: How Shannon Sedgwick Davis helped dismantle the Ugandan warlord’s reign of terrorChristianity Today (Jan/Feb 2015).

As quoted in the article: “We are not simply to bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice; we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. … Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Roger E. Olson, “Must You Believe in the Doctrine of the Trinity to Be a Christian?” Patheos (February 5, 2015).

Rick Wadholm Jr. writes: “Roger Olson offers a thoughtful piece on the value of Trinitarian confession while still admitting its ultimately non-essential nature to being a Christian. This is suggestive, in my estimation, toward some form of reconciliation among Trinitarian and Oneness Pentecostals (and follows a similar angle as that of David Reed who is the foremost Oneness expert who is Trinitarian). I write this as one whose preaching, teaching, and writing is thoroughly Trinitarian, and yet holds sympathy for Oneness Pentecostal brothers and sisters.”  

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About the Author: The editors are Raul Mock, Mike Dies, Joe Joslin, and Jim Dettmann with significant input from other writers including John Lathrop, Amos Yong, Tony Richie, and Kevin Williams.

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