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Category: Spring 2019

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit, lectures by Verna Linzey

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit, lectures by Verna Linzey

Bible teacher Verna Linzey introduces listeners to the reality of the Holy Spirit today. This teaching series on “The Baptism with the Holy Spirit” explores the biblical and theological foundations of the experience known as the baptism with the Holy Spirit or the reception of the Holy Spirit as confirmed by speaking in tongues. In […]

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Hints for Understanding Difficult Bible Passages

Hints for Understanding Difficult Bible Passages

Foursquare Pastor Daniel Brown offers useful tips for approaching God’s Word. All of us have encountered verses and statements in the Bible that confuse or alarm us because they seem to be saying something that sounds so unlike the Lord, so different than how we have experienced Him in our personal life. When that happens, […]

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Matthew Schmitz: Immigration Idealism: A Case for Christian Realism

Matthew Schmitz: Immigration Idealism: A Case for Christian Realism

Matthew Schmitz, “Immigration Idealism: A Case for Christian Realism” First Things (May 2019). As usual, the writing of Matthew Schmitz, senior editor of First Things, is clear and cogent—and courageous. He fearlessly tackles daunting topics such as, in this case, immigration. It is a genuine pleasure to follow his almost seamless integration of personal testimony, […]

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Leadership Crisis

Leadership Crisis

In a strange sort of way I hope you don’t need this article. But just in case, if you and your church are in a difficult season with a potential leadership crisis, I trust the thoughts in this article will be helpful to you. I love the local church, and at God’s invitation, I have […]

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Gordon Smith: Institutional Intelligence

Gordon Smith: Institutional Intelligence

Gordon T. Smith, Institutional Intelligence: How to Build an Effective Organization (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2017), 225 pages, ISBN 9780830844852. With a cover made to look like an organizational chart (indeed, the author believes in hierarchy), and the catchy, contemporary title, a potential reader might assume the content is similar to the business leadership manuals […]

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Recovery from Modern Amnesia: Ancient Practices for a Faith-full Future

Recovery from Modern Amnesia: Ancient Practices for a Faith-full Future

Christian History Institute (CHI), publisher of Christian History magazine (CHM), announces its latest issue, titled: Recovery from Modern Amnesia – Ancient Practices for a Faith-full Future. The entire issue explores the story of Christian thinkers in the last half of the twentieth century whose questions about faith were found to be unsatisfactory in the modern era. These thinkers saw […]

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Praying the News: Notre Dame Fire

Praying the News: Notre Dame Fire

Some tragedies are permitted by God for a greater good, to bring into focus an evil or unsatisfactory situation. An example from the Bible is the destruction of Solomon’s Temple by Babylonian invaders. Perhaps the burning of Notre Dame is such an event. Notre Dame has been the symbol for Catholicism and France’s Christian heritage […]

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Revival Falls on a Lonely Scottish Island

Revival Falls on a Lonely Scottish Island

One of the great visitations of the Holy Spirit in the past hundred years occurred in the 1950s on the extreme northern coast of Scotland under the preaching of Duncan Campbell. Though its effect was confined to a small area in the Hebrides Islands, the power that exploded upon the island of Berneray was identical […]

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Beware of Professional Christians

Beware of Professional Christians

How does a local church flourish, by building the Kingdom of God or by offering a cafeteria of amenities to its surrounding community? Pastor Dan Reiland warns of appeasing cultural or consumer Christians, instead calling for bold and courageous leadership. At Crossroads, we pray what can seem like a strange prayer. We pray that God […]

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The Baptism of Tears: The Two Baptisms of St. Symeon the New Theologian

The Baptism of Tears: The Two Baptisms of St. Symeon the New Theologian

One of the distinctives of the contemporary Pentecostal movement has been the understanding that there are two distinct baptisms. Many outside of the movement do not realize that this is not original, though. Beyond the biblical support for this understanding, one can find different personalities and movements throughout the recorded history of the church who […]

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The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Four: The Reconversion of Europe

The Resurgence of the Gospel, Part Four: The Reconversion of Europe

The Resurgence of the Gospel and the Flowering of the Global Christian Message Part Four: The Reconversion of Europe How did monasteries, hospitality, and persecution lead to the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Part of The Gospel in History series.   The Re-conversion of Europe At this juncture, I turn my attention back […]

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