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Winter 2016

  • White House Convention on Religious Pluralism

    WhiteHouseConventionReligiousPluralism-20151217-186Tony Richie Summarizes and Reflects on Special White House Convening: “Celebrating and Protecting America’s Tradition of Religious Pluralism”   On Thursday, December 17th from 1:00-4:30 PM the White House conducted a special convening on “Celebrating and Protecting America’s Tradition of Religious Pluralism.” Participation was by White House ... Read More

  • Jefferson Bethke: Jesus is greater than Religion

    JBethke-JesusIsGreaterJefferson Bethke, Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough (Thomas Nelson, 2013), 240 pages, ISBN 9781400205394. Jefferson Bethke has a brilliant way with words. This is no surprise to anybody who discovered him through his ... Read More

  • Samuel Waje Kunhiyop: African Christian Theology

    SKunhiyop-AfricanChristianTheologySamuel Waje Kunhiyop, African Christian Theology (Hippo Books/Zondervan, 2012), 250 pages, ISBN 9789966003164. Theology as a reflection on God and his creatures is eternal, but some of the questions we ask and our discourse about God are rooted in our experiences, cultural beliefs and worldview. Therefore ... Read More

  • Introducing the Africanus Journal

    AfricanusJournalIntroducing an important journal to challenge you to think deeply and see the world with kingdom eyes.   The Africanus Journal is an academic, multilingual journal published by the Africanus Guild at the Boston Campus of Gordon-Conwell, the Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME). The Journal features ... Read More

  • How Youth Ministry Could Fail The Church, by Jeff Grenell

    youth-StuartVivier-432x396Here are  five ways that Youth Ministry could fail the Church. Unhealthy Youth Leaders There is a difference between ‘busyness’ and ‘business’. When Youth Leaders are busy, they burn out. Because they spend more time in programming and gaming than they do in relationships and study. When ... Read More

  • How Much Do You Read Your Bible?

    bible02-420x307A timely encouragement from R. T. Kendall to invest time in reading the Word of God.   This is the most important Blog I have written in many years. I pray with all my heart that this will be read and spread to ordinary Christians all over ... Read More

  • Ann Christie: Ordinary Christology

    ReligionandIndividualAnn Christie, Ordinary Christology: Who Do You Say I Am? Answers From The Pews (Ashgate, 2012), 224 pages, ISBN 9781409425359. In Matthew 16:16 Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter gave a direct answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of ... Read More

  • Kenneth Cain Kinghorn: The New Testament Gifts of the Holy Spirit

    KKinghorn-NTGiftsHolySpiritKenneth Cain Kinghorn, The New Testament Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Lexington: Emeth Press, 2005), 120 pages, ISBN 9780975543566. Kenneth C. Kinghorn, professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Asbury Seminary, herein offers a practical work for Christians. This book is not technical, nor necessarily ... Read More

  • Conflict in the Church: The Uncomfortable Reality

    storm-IrenPetrova-432x263Pastor John Lathrop talks about the inescapable reality of conflict in the body of Christ. The apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, said “If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task” (1 Tim. 3:1, NIV). The work is definitely noble but ... Read More

  • Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Two

    CKeener-Acts-Vol2Craig Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 2, 3:1-14:28 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013), 1200 pages, ISBN 9780801048371. Craig Keener is in the midst of delivering the most ambitious commentary on Acts ever attempted. The volume under review is the second of four – each volume ... Read More

  • Craig Keener: Acts, Volume Three

    CKeener-Acts-Vol3Craig S. Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, Volume 3, 15:1-23:35 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014), xxxix + 2193-3348, ISBN 9780801048388. Those familiar with Craig Keener’s works will understand when I characterize his third volume on Acts as an encyclopedia of background, history, and solid exegesis all ... Read More

  • Believe in Miracles, But Follow Jesus

    galaxy-GregRakozy-432x288Bible teacher Eddie Hyatt briefly looks at the unhealthy emphasis some place on supernatural signs and wonders. He challenges us to “Follow Jesus and let the signs follow you.” If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a ... Read More

  • Prophecy in the Church: Pathway to Revival

    praise-JohnPrice-691x460What Spirit-filled pastors and leaders need to know about prophecy in the church. For several years I regularly attended a local Pentecostal church. The pastor believed in all of the gifts of the Spirit and often prayed in tongues during the music ministry. However, on the ... Read More

  • Apocalyptic literature, a double review by Amos Yong

    double-ApocalypseFrederick J. Murphy, Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World: A Comprehensive Introduction (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012), xviii + 429 pages. Bruce Chilton, Visions of the Apocalypse: Receptions of John’s Revelation in Western Imagination (Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2013). vi + 169 pages. These ... Read More

  • George Gallup: The Next American Spirituality

    GGallup-NextAmericanSpiritualityGeorge Gallup with Timothy K. Jones, The Next American Spirituality: Finding God in the Twenty-first Century (David C Cook, 2000), 205 pages. George Gallup outlines what he feels will be the next true spiritual movement in America. This book is a survey that answers two main ... Read More

  • Steven Felix-Jager: Pentecostal Aesthetics

    PentecostalAestheticsSteven Félix-Jäger, Pentecostal Aesthetics: Theological Reflections in a Pentecostal Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies 16 (Leiden: Brill, 2015) ISBN 9789004285637. Hardly a Christian tradition is more obsessed with the physical and embodied forms of the Christian life than Pentecostalism. The ... Read More

  • Delio DelRio: Paul and the Synagogue

    Paul Synagogue coverDelio DelRio, Paul and the Synagogue: Romans and the Isaiah Targum (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013), 156 pages. This book explores how insights from the field of Targumic studies can help us understand some of Paul’s exegetical moves in Romans. It takes the form of ... Read More

  • Getting Your Church Unstuck From Growth Hindrances

    Chris PotterPastor Dan Brown offers practical suggestions for taking your church to the next level of significance. Most of us have been stuck somewhere, somehow—in the desert sand off the main road; up a tree we climbed in our pre-adolescence; or, on a tricky algebra problem. But ... Read More

  • Alister McGrath: Surprised by Meaning

    AMcGrath-SurprisedByMeaningAlister E. McGrath, Surprised by Meaning: Science, Faith, and How We Make Sense of Things (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011), 136 pages, ISBN 9780664236922. McGrath’s Surprised by Meaning is a fairly accessible and slender volume that quickly immerses the reader into the ongoing ... Read More

  • Meaningful Youth Ministry and Leading the Next Awakening

    awakeningHere are two of my recent blogs that have caught a lot of conversation. “Meaningful Youth Ministry – Context Is King“ About the four sectors of meaningfulness in a teen’s life: Cultural, Personal, Religious/Theological, and Family. It can be easy to stay within the confines of the Church. ... Read More

  • Anglican Pentecostal Perspective on Charismatic Leaders Fellowship 2016

    CLF 2016 - prayerThe yearly Charismatic Leaders Fellowship met at Oral Roberts University from February 22nd to the 25th. This group has functioned as a discerning and analytical element of the Charismatic Renewal. In the past, for instance, the group dealt with such issues as the mass deliverance ... Read More

  • Jack Hayford: Penetrating the Darkness

    JHayford-PenetratingDarknessJack W. Hayford with Rebecca Hayford Bauer, Penetrating the Darkness: Discovering the Power of the Cross Against Unseen Evil (Bloomington, MN: Chosen Books, 2011), 192 pages. Based upon the title of this book one may think that it principally discusses the demonic. While spiritual warfare is ... Read More

  • Creation Care as Discipleship

    bridge-TimSwaan-594x396What has God called you to do? In this chapter from Your Call to Work & Mission: Following Jesus 24/7, Lois Olena shows why and how followers of Jesus should participate in caring for the creation God has made. It’s Sunday morning, and your adult class ... Read More

  • Jeanne Harper: Visited by God, reviewed by David Suchet

    Visited_by_GodJeanne Harper, Visited by God: The Story of Michael Harper’s 48 Year-long Ministry (Aquila Books, 2013), 146 pages. Visited by God is the extraordinary spiritual journey of an extraordinary Spiritual man – Michael Harper. I think that I would not be missing the mark to say ... Read More

  • Introducing the Asian Center for Pentecostal Theology editor Raul Mock asked Robert Menzies to tell us about himself and the new Asian Center for Pentecostal Theology (ACPT). I have provided below what I hope might be a useful introduction to the ACPT website and myself, including a blurb on my recent book ... Read More

  • The 2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies Convention in Review

    SPS2016-brochure-245x317The 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (2016) was hosted in San Dimas, California at LIFE Pacific College which is associated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The following sessions are only a small sampling of those which occurred over ... Read More

  • 2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies: A Personal Reflection and General Report

    SPS2016-TRichie The 2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies meeting was by far one of the best ever! That was my experience, and it agrees with the input I heard from several colleagues. SPS began in 1970 as an organization of scholars dedicated to providing a discussion ... Read More

  • Language Disconnect: The Implications of Bible Translation upon Gospel Work in Africa

    JHarries-Disconnect-cover Abstract Theological education, even when using indigenous languages, can be uninspiring to African people if its implicit underlying pre-suppositions remain European. Use of European-languages as educational media minimises the likelihood of deep connection with African ways of life, but often has the pragmatic plus of being ... Read More

  • Winter 2016: Other Significant Articles

    OtherSig-Winter2016-small Lee Grady, “How to Leave an Unhealthy Church” Fire In My Bones (Nov 25, 2015).   “What’s So Dangerous About Grace?: Biblical scholar John Barclay explains why Paul shocked his religious peers—and reminds us how radical the gospel really is.” Christianity Today (Jan-Feb 2016). NT theologian John M. ... Read More

  • The Holy Spirit and the Ministries of Jesus

    POstrander-HolySpiritMinistriesOfJesusPart 1 of an excerpt from Peter Ostrander’s book, New Testament Healing. The Holy Spirit and the Ministries of Jesus When Jesus spoke and acted with authority and with God’s power to heal the sick and disabled, he set people free from demonic oppression, then rebuked and ... Read More

  • Mark Tanner: The Introvert Charismatic

    MTanner-IntrovertCharismatic-clipMark Tanner, The Introvert Charismatic: The Gift of Introversion in a Noisy Church (Oxford, England, Monarch Books, 2015), 224 pages, ISBN 9780857215888. A number of years ago I read Adam McHugh’s book Introverts in the Church and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it to be very insightful ... Read More

  • The Medieval Church Conundrum: How the Gospel was Preserved and Spread from the Frontiers

    ImperialCathedral_Aachen-TobiasHelfrichWhen the Empire made the Church into one of its institutions, how could the radical good news about Jesus the Christ continue to break out and change lives? Part of The Gospel in History series. Conundrum is a strange adjective, yet it is appropriate when one ... Read More

  • Veli-Matti Karkkainen: Christ and Reconciliation

    VMKarkkainen-ChristReconciliationVeli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Christ and Reconciliation, A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World series, Volume 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2013), 467 pages, ISBN 9780802868534. Kärkkäinen, professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and a docent of ecumenics at the University of ... Read More

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