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Fall 2004: Other Significant Articles


Matthew Kutz and Jason King, “We Must Pass the Baton” Charisma (June 2004), pages 84-86.

These thirty-something leaders urge the veteran generation of Christian leaders to invest in mentoring the emerging generation. After discussing some of the difficulties keeping older leaders from mentoring, they call the up-and-coming leaders to become servant protégés and to run the race together as a team. At the time of this writing, the full article was available here: [updated September 30, 2014]


Ben Witherington III, “Why the ‘Lost Gospels’ Lost Out: Recent gadfly theories about church council conspiracies that manipulated the New Testament into existence are bad—really bad—history” Christianity Today (June 2004), pages 26-40.

Professor Witherington believes that recent attempts to rewrite history in novels such as The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown are driven by something quite other than historical scholarship. The evidence for historic Christian faith is significant, and the “evidence” detractors provide is not. Early Christians had a core of beliefs, and the Bible was assembled much earlier than these conspiracy theorists allow. At the time of writing, the article was available here: See also “Why the ‘lost gospels’ were lost” by Craig Keener in Christian History & Biography 82 (Spring 2004), page 15.


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Irving Hexham and Charles Nienkirchen, “Exploring the Land of the Apostles: Because Turkey is the backdrop for so much of the New Testament, traveling there opens a world of biblical understanding” Charisma (May 2004), pages 86-87, 89-91.

When you think Bible lands, you should think Turkey. Christian historians and pilgrimage guides Irving Hexham and Charles Nienkirchen remind us that over 60% of all New Testament sites, and many locations from the Hebrew Scriptures, are to be found in ancient Asia Minor—the modern secular nation of Turkey. At the time of this writing, the full article was available here: [updated September 30, 2014]


Charles Edward White, “Holiness Fire-Starter” Christian History & Biography 82 (Spring 2004), pages 16-17, 19-21.

The subtitle of this article summarizes it well, “Transformed by her child’s fiery death, Phoebe Palmer lit the flames of revival on two continents.” The entire Spring 2004 issue, entitled “Phoebe Palmer and the Holiness Revival,” should be significant for any Pentecostal/charismatic interested in their heritage and the pursuit of holiness.

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