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Winter 2015

  • Plain Talk for Starting Right in 2015

    Dr. Henry Harbuck  It may be time to evaluate what you plan to do in ministry in 2015. At the beginning of each New Year, this is what I do: I sit down and reflect on my successes and defeats during the former year and then make a ... Read More

  • Consultation on Believers’ Baptism

    BaptismConsulation201501_518x387Report on the Consultation on Believers’ Baptism Kingston, Jamaica January 2015 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is above all ... Read More

  • Groundbreaking Consultation explores the meaning and practice of “believers baptism” for the future unity of the church

    BaptismConsulation201501_518x387 Groundbreaking Consultation explores the meaning and practice of “believers baptism” for the future unity of the church January 10, 2015 (Kingston, Jamaica) — A three-day consultation took place involving representatives from six different “believers baptism” church traditions to share their understandings and practices of baptism and ... Read More

  • Observations for Baptism Consultation

    BaptismConsulation201501_crop A Consultation on Believers’ Baptism was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, from January 8 through 10, 2015. In my opinion, the consultation on water baptism was especially significant for Pentecostals in a number of ways. First, and most directly, exploring Pentecostal ... Read More

  • Curriculum Suggestions

    sxc-vierdrie-616569_booksCan you recommend any curriculum for a children’s school? A few days ago, received this request from Pastor Jim in Ethiopia: I am setting up a computer learning center for a missions orphanage of 150 students K-12 . I am looking for ... Read More

  • The Bible and Christian Ethics, reviewed by Stephen Vantassel

    TheBibleAndChristianEthicsDavid Emanuel Singh and Bernard C. Farr, eds., The Bible and Christian Ethics (Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2013), 217 pages, ISBN 9781625643513. This text is a collection of articles on Christian ethics published in the journal Transformation, published by the Oxford Center for Mission Studies. The ... Read More

  • Sammy Alfaro: Divino Companero

    SAlfaro-DivinoCompaneroSammy Alfaro, Divino Compañero: Towards a Hispanic Pentecostal Christology, Princeton Theological Monograph Series 147 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010), 164 pages, ISBN  9781606086995. ‘Divine Companion’ is an insightful and innovative exploration of ways of approaching both Christology and an understanding of the Spirit at work in ... Read More

  • Lecture series on Pentecostal Preaching

    ARagoonathBibleCourse-ChennaiIndia2014Editor’s note: With a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, a Doctorate of Theology in Pentecostal Preaching, and extensive experience training preachers in the Majority World, Aldwin Ragoonath is uniquely gifted to help today’s church leaders around the world. asked Dr. Ragoonath to tell us ... Read More

  • Chris Sinkinson: Christian Confidence

    CSinkinson-ChristianConfidenceChris Sinkinson, Christian Confidence: An Introduction to Defending the Faith (IVP, 2012) 978083083786 For a succinct and highly informative introduction to Christian apologetics, look no further than Chris Sinkinson’s book, Christian Confidence: An Introduction to Defending the Faith. Sinkinson, a former archaeologist and now lecturer in ... Read More

  • Jacqueline Grey: Three’s a Crowd

    JGrey-ThreesACrowdJacqueline Grey, Three’s a Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics, and the Old Testament (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011). In this book, Jacqueline Grey makes the case for applying a distinctive Pentecostal hermeneutic to the Old Testament. The hermeneutic in question is one that (she says) had been applied successfully ... Read More

  • Valid insights within Word-Faith theologies?

    rotten-apples-200x200In the midst of our last phase placing articles and reviews from all of our print issues online at, I came across a response we received and published almost ten years ago. If I remember how this went, the editorial committee felt we had ... Read More

  • Michael Bird: Jesus Is the Christ

    MBird-JesusIstheChristMichael F. Bird, Jesus Is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012), 207 pages, ISBN 9780830828234. Michael F. Bird, lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia provides the reader a study of how each of the four evangelists ... Read More

  • Writing Projects by Craig Keener

    ??????????Editor’s note: After passing along an invitation to speak at an upcoming conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I asked Dr. Craig S. Keener about his current writing projects. – Raul Mock In terms of things regularly coming out, there’s my blogsite, although I don’t produce blogs as ... Read More

  • Why Study Theology with William Kay

    WilliamKay-WhyStudyTheologyDr. William K Kay offered a brief 10 minute interview concerning the question, “Why study theology?” He addresses this question as an unabashed Pentecostal scholar of Pentecostalism and offers some helpful trajectories for conceiving of the reason to study theology. From the University of Nottingham: Professor ... Read More

  • Rightly Understanding God’s Word: Objections to Context, by Craig S. Keener

    SMyers(c)-OpenBible&ScrollPart of the Rightly Understanding God’s Word series by Craig S. Keener.   Editor’s Note: Craig Keener originally intended for this portion of his course on biblical interpretation to appear at the end of Chapter 1: Context (Spring 2003), and before Chapter 2: Learning Context (Summer 2003). ... Read More

  • John Paul Jackson passes away

    JohnPaulJacksonJohn Paul Jackson, a well-known prophetic figure and author of several books including Needless Casualties of War and Breaking Free From Rejection passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. The Pneuma Review would like to extend our condolences to his family. Pneuma Review interviewed John Paul ... Read More

  • David McKenna: Christ-centered Leadership

    DMcKenna-ChristCenteredLeadershipDavid L. McKenna, Christ-Centered Leadership: The Incarnational Difference (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013), 118 pages, ISBN 9781620328477. If you haven’t had your leadership paradigm shifted in a while, this book will jumpstart the process. McKenna has more work experience than the average minister’s lifespan and yet ... Read More

  • Craig Keener speaking on The Mind of Christ, Session 1

    CraigKeener-20150209b In this first session of three, Professor Craig S. Keener speaks on the meaning of the mind of Christ in the context of 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians 3:18, and implications for bringing together sound scholarship and deep spirituality. These lectures were given as part of the ... Read More

  • Craig Keener speaking on The Mind of Christ, Session 2

    CraigKeener-20150209b In this second session of three, Professor Craig S. Keener lectures based on 5 chapters of his future book on the Mind of the Spirit. This lecture treats the theme of the mind in Romans 1 (the fallen mind), 6:11 (the mind of faith), 7:7-25 ... Read More

  • Craig Keener speaking on The Mind of Christ, Session 3

    CraigKeener-20150209c In this third session of three, Professor Craig S. Keener opens by asking, have you ever wondered what is God’s will? This lecture looks at Romans 12 and the renewing of the mind. These lectures were given as part of the 8th annual Stanley M. Horton ... Read More

  • Anglican Pentecostal Perspective on Charismatic Leaders Fellowship 2015

    Left to right: Bishop Lerullo (Uganga), Father Bill and Carolyn De Arteaga, Bishop Sean Larkin (UK).This year the Charismatic Leaders’ Fellowship (CLF) met on February 23 to the 26, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Oral Roberts University campus. The weather outside was cold and icy, and in fact about one third of the registered participants could not make it in. ... Read More

  • How to Organize Your Sermon

    AldwinRagoonath-OrganizingSermonsAldwin Ragoonath, who regularly instructs church leaders around the world how to become better preachers, teaches on the importance of organizing sermons and gives examples. These sermons will help pastors to better organize their sermons. Read the text for this sermon here: Read More

  • What Bible Did Jesus Use?

    Dr. Harbuck speaking in 2010The ministerial test, administered as a prerequisite for ministerial credentials with our Fellowship, has alerted us that many ministers possess limited knowledge of Bible translations. For example, in the multiple choice section of the test, ministerial applicants are asked to select “From which version of ... Read More

  • The Drop Box, reviewed by John Lathrop

    Drop_Box_320x213A film documentary about a Korean pastor saving abandoned babies. The Drop Box is a documentary about the ministry of Pastor Lee Jong-rak in Seoul, South Korea. A significant problem in that city is the abandoning of babies. Some of these children are abandoned because they ... Read More

  • What Yeshua Quoted

    VasiliyPolenow_Jesus&Adultress_crop  Note from the Editor: I wrote this note to Kevin: “In an article I was reading recently, the author says that Yeshua likely read and quoted from the Septuagint. While I have always known that as a possibility, I thought it was more likely that ... Read More

  • Craig Keener on Rebekah in Genesis 27

    CKeener-Rebekah In this short video from Seedbed, Bible scholar Craig S. Keener explores reasons, for and against, seeing Rebekah as a positive character when she made the decision to get Isaac’s blessing for Jacob by means of deception. “To get God’s blessing is different.” Read More

  • Cases of Healed Blindness and Raised from the Dead with Craig Keener

    CKeener-SAGU-Miracles2   Craig S. Keener, author of Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, shares stories of people who experienced miraculous healing. This is part 2 of a special lecture series on apologetics given at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the Summer of 2014.     Read More

  • Miracles in Church History and Today with Craig Keener

    CKeener-SAGU-Miracles3   Craig S. Keener, author of Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, discusses miracles that have occurred in history as well as recently. This is part 3 of a special lecture series on apologetics given at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the Summer ... Read More

  • Challenging Skepticism about Miracles with Craig Keener

    CKeener-SAGU-Miracles1   Craig S. Keener, author of Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, discusses the different views skeptics hold about miracles while providing statistical information about what Americans think about miracles. This is part 1 of a special lecture series on apologetics given at Southwestern ... Read More

  • The Historical Jesus of the Gospels with Craig Keener

    CKeener-Asbury20140318   Craig S. Keener asks what can be known about Jesus using basic historical methods? This lecture was given on March 18, 2014 as part of the Ministry Conference at Asbury Theological Seminary.     Read More

  • How do we know if miracles can happen with Craig Keener

    CKeener-Asbury20140319   How do we know if something is credible? Professor Craig S. Keener asks whether we can trust accounts of miracles in the Gospels. This lecture was given on March 19, 2014 as part of the Ministry Conference at Asbury Theological Seminary. Watch the first lecture given ... Read More

  • Winter 2015: Other Significant Articles

    OtherSignificant-Winter2015 Wesley Hill, “The Way God Conducts Us: Saved Through Childbearing? Perhaps We All Are In the End” First 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 ... Read More

  • Alister McGrath: Mere Apologetics

    AMcGrath-MereApologetics Alister E. McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2012), 197 pages. As a well-known professor of theology, ministry, and education at Kings College, London, McGrath needs no introduction. This book serves as an introduction to apologetics, ... Read More

  • The Holy Spirit, The Missing Finger: Comparing the Pneumatology of Alexander Campbell and Don Basham

    Alexander_Campbell_1788  Introduction The purpose of this article is to reveal the initial development of the teaching on the Holy Spirit in the life of Alexander Campbell, founder of the movement named the Disciples of Christ. Campbell’s pneumatology must be placed within the context of American history in ... Read More

  • Bishops, Aramaic, and the LXX

    320px-Torah_and_jad  Editor’s Note: This letter is part of a conversation that started with Henry Harbuck’s article, “What Bible Did Jesus Use?”   Greetings from AEGA, I have read the notes you sent me as well as those from Kevin Williams. Though Mr. Williams made some excellent points, much of which ... Read More

  • The lasting justice of changed minds and hearts

    TheReconciledChurchA Statement about Baltimore from The Reconciled Church Bishop Harry Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, James Robison From the April 27, 2015 Press Release. On the eve of the second national meeting of The Reconciled Church (TRC) – a historic multi-racial, multi-denominational and apolitical gathering of church leaders ... Read More

  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Contributions: Beyond What We Normally Think

    pentecost-1024x492 With a group of Christians hovering around the 600 million mark worldwide1, one would expect such a collective to have a substantial impact across a host of areas. That is the resounding reality within the Pentecostal and Charismatic branch of the church. Yet, while many ... Read More

  • Pneuma Review Winter 2015

    Pneuma ReviewThe exclusively digital edition of The Pneuma Review, Winter 2015 (18:1). Some of what you will find in this issue: The Holy Spirit, The Missing Finger: Comparing the Pneumatology of Alexander Campbell and Don Basham A conversation that started with “What Bible Did Jesus Use?” and continued with ... Read More

  • Rightly Understanding God’s Word, by Craig S. Keener

    SMyers(c)-OpenBible&ScrollThe Rightly Understanding God’s Word series, with a new introduction, by Craig S. Keener. Editor’s Note: Craig Keener created this introduction to his course of biblical interpretation to appear before Chapter 1: Context (Spring 2003). However, Pneuma Review editors did not receive it in time to publish ... Read More

  • Jon Ruthven’s Further reflections on Strangers to Fire, a response to John MacArthur

    StrangersToFire  Strangers to Fire represents a phalanx of biblical responses by a variety of authors to the cessationism first developed by the serpent in the Garden: “Did God really say?” That was a challenge to the idea of revelation from God, a notion more fully developed ... Read More

  • Honoring Pentecostal Theologian Gordon Fee

    Jenn&RickWadholm_meetingGordonFee-cropThe Society for Pentecostal Studies held a special session to honor the life and work of Dr. Gordon Fee in November 2014 as a part of the joint American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings held in San Diego, California. See ... Read More

  • President’s Page: Winter 2015

    Raul&Jim20150208-correctedThe Pneuma Foundation and our journal, The Pneuma Review, have been very blessed these last two years with how Cup and Cross Ministries enabled us to move from print to digital. What a boost this has been. All of us are thrilled with the new ... Read More

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