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- Adrian P. Rosen, "The Pneumatological Promise of Christ and its Fulfillment in Johannine Perspective: An Exegetical-Theological Analysis of John 7:37-39 in Literary Context" Encounter (Summer 2010, Vol. 7).
- Editorial: Michael Brown, "R.C. Sproul, False Prophecies and the Word of God."
- Catherine Newhouse, "Pentecostal Renewal Transforms Rwanda after Genocide: Survivors flock to charismatic churches as a haven for healing" Christianity Today (December 2011).
- Cornelia Seigneur, "A Native Faith: Richard Twiss Shapes Portland's Youth and Beyond" In a city still skeptical of white Christianity, Twiss' cross-cultural witness is gaining a hearing among citizens and leaders alike. (ChristianityTodayOnline: This Is Our City).
- Church History: Vinson Synan, "The Lasting Legacies of the Azusa Street Revival" (Enrichment, 2006:2).
Be sure to read the sidebar article, "They Speak With Other Tongues," that mentions a famous story about xenoglossolalia.
- John P. Lathrop, "Recovering Divine Guidance" Have you found yourself growing insensitive to divine guidance in your ministry? Joh Lathrop draws key principles from the experiences of the early church whose discernment brought them clarity and confidence (Christian Trends, June-July 2011).
- Linda Falter, "A Beautiful Anger: The same holy hands that punish the wicked pull the righteous to safety" "Should a God who commands his people to wage war be worshiped?" (Christianity Today, April 2011).
- Editorial: J. Lee Grady, "It's (Past) Time for a Charismatic Reformation" "I've grown increasingly aware that the so-called 'Spirit-filled' church of today struggles with many of the same things the Catholic church faced in the 1500s. We dont have 'indulgences'—we have telethons. We don't have popes—we have super-apostles."
- Editorial: C. Peter Wagner, "The New Apostolic Reformation Is Not a Cult" (CharismaNews).
- Robert Crosby interviews Matthew Barnett. "A Dream of a Center: 'A Model for Faith-based Organizations': An interview with the head of one of the most effective Pentecostal social missions in America" Christianity Today (August 2011).
- Robert C. Crosby, "A New Kind of Pentecostal: It's no longer just about raising a hand to God. It's also about reaching out a hand to the needy" Christianity Today (August 2011).
- Divine Healing: Larry Keefauver, "The Myths of Faith Healing" Keefauver debunks three myths: that Jesus cannot heal someone without faith, that everyone who "stands fast in faith" will be physically healed in time and space, and that if you "confess your healing" you will be healed right now.
- Church Leadership: Gordon MacDonald, "Going Deep: Cultivating people of spiritual depth is a pastor's top priority (Leadership Journal).
- Church and Law: James Cobble, "Simple Guide to Preventing Church Lawsuits: Legal trends that put your church at risk" (ChurchSafety.com).
- J. Lee Grady, "Getting the Weirdness Out of the Prophetic Movement"
- Christian History: Was Handel an Evangelical? David Martin reviews The Cambridge Handel Encyclopedia in an essay appearing in the March-April 2011 issue of Books and Culture.
- J. Lee Grady, "Don't Quench the Spirit's Fire!" If you want to avoid becoming an old wineskin, make sure to keep these five hindrances out of your life.
- Christianity Today summary of Lausanne 2010. Tim Stafford, "Teeming Diversity: The Third Lausanne Congress demonstrated that global evangelicalism has been transformed" (Christianity Today, Dec 2010).
- Revival: Trevor Persaud, "Christianity Thrives among 'Gypsies' Despite Prejudice" A Pentecostal revival is taking place among a despised people and they are carrying the message of salvation with them. "See, the people in France kick us out, but Jesus sent us to give you this Good News of the gospel" (Christianity Today, November 2010).
- Dony K. Donev, "Ivan Voronaev:Slavic Pentecostal Pioneer and Martyr" AG Heritage 2010. This Baptist-turned-Pentecostal missionary died in a Soviet concentration camp.
- Nicole Sparks and Darrin J. Rodgers, "John McConnell, Jr. and the Pentecostal Origins of Earth Day" AG Heritage 2010. "The founder of Earth Day has a solid Pentecostal pedigree."
- J. Lee Grady, "Why I Don't Apologize for Speaking in Tongues".
- Old sectarian law haunts contemporary Christians An anti-Catholic ammendment of the 19th Century is now used as a catch-all legal club to restrict religious groups, particularly in education, throughout most of the USA (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Mark Galli, "Did the Spirit Really Say...? God's will is harder and easier to discern than we imagine" The senior managing editor of Christianity Today discusses the leading of the Spirit and says, "While I don't call myself a Pentecostal, I am sure that Pentecostals would accept some of my spiritual experiences as evidence of 'Spirit baptism,' and thus welcome me into the fold" (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Church and Law: John R. Throop, "Reading the Fine Print: Tips and tactics to remember when it comes to contracts" Your Church (2010 Church Buyer's Guide).
- Luanne Radecki Blackburn, "Why the Church Library Is Still Relevant: The right plan can deliver a helpful ministry in tough times" Your Church (Summer 2010).
- Church and Law: Richard R. Hammar, Preaching about Homosexuality: What pastors should know about the new Hate Crimes Act Church legal expert, Richard Hammar, discusses this controversial US legislation and undoes some of the unfounded claims by looking at the actual law instead of conjecture. "It is difficult to imagine what more the Act could say to make it clear that ministers who address homosexuality from the pulpit, even critically, are not committing a hate crime."
- Mark Batterson, "Bon Appetit: Refining the fine art of preaching, teaching and delicious storytelling" (MinistryToday).
- Christian History: "Yes, We Have a Witness: Historian Vinson Synan reflects personally on the Pentecostal movement" Interview with Vinson Synan about the charismatic movement (Christianity Today, April, 2010).
- Christian History: Nicole Sparks and Darrin J. Rodgers, "John McConnell, Jr. and the Pentecostal Origins of Earth Day" Assemblies of God Heritage (2010).
- Kevin D. Hendricks, "Responding to Negative Coverage in the Media: Two church communications professionals offer tips" (Your Church Blog).
- Christian History: Troy Anderson, "Charismatic Renewal Marks 50 Years" On April 3, 1960, the late Father Dennis Bennett told his 2,600-member Episcopal congregation at St. Mark's church in Van Nuys, California, that he had experienced a personal Pentecost.
- Tonie Auer, "Is My Church Covered?: Why now is a smart time for leaders to evaluate insurance coverage" (YourChurch, Summer 2010).
- Tullian Tchividjian, "Contextualization Without Compromise"
- Tyler Charles, "Weighing Fair-Trade Coffee: Learning the 'bean-to-cup' journey before you buy." "For many churches, coffee has become a fundamental piece of their identity, whether it's offered during Sunday morning services or served throughout the week in a church-operated cafe or coffee shop. So the question isn't whether they'll offer coffee, but rather, what kind of coffee they'll offer" (YourChurch, Spring 2010).
- Kevin Belmonte, "For Such a Time as This: The legacy of William Wilberforce and the Clapham Circle (Christian Leadership Alliance).
- Christian History: Ken Curtis, "Savonarola's Preaching Got Him Burned" "Girolamo Savonarola of Florence, Italy lived in a time that was in many ways like our own. It was an age of great discoveries, extraordinary artistic and communications achievements, the emergence of new views of the world, great self-consciousness and pride in human achievement. It was also an age of restlessness in the world of faith and religion that was bound to erupt sooner or later."
- Christian Leadership: Frank Sommerville, "Better Together: Combine the best efforts of community churches" (YourChurch, Spring 2010). A thirty-year testimony of churches working together.
- J. Lee Grady, "Recovering the Axe Head of Genuine Anointing" "We've faked the power of Pentecost long enough. Let's set aside the imitations and reclaim the real deal."
- "Selling Jesus to Optimistic America: How the positive thinking movement has shaped the church." Book Review: Barbara Ehrenreich, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America Reviewed by David Swanson in Christianity Today (January 2010).
- J. Lee Grady, "Sloshed in the Spirit? It's Time to Get Sober". Getting "drunk in the Holy Spirit" has been a popular concept in some churches. But is it biblical?
- Trevor Bron, "3 Truths Churches Struggle to Accept: And you shall know reality, and reality shall set you free" Bron says, "I help churches navigate change. As I work with churches, no matter how diverse their situations, they share one thing in common: they all struggle to admit certain truths" (Your Church Sept-Oct 2009).
- Christian History: Collin Hansen, "Forgotten 'Father of Biblical Science'
Moses Stuart pioneered modern biblical study in America" (ChristianHistory.net).
- J. Lee Grady, "Spiritual Awakening: The Only Thing That Will Save Us". We can learn an important lesson from the East African Revival, which transformed a region 80 years ago.
- Christian Leadership: Chris Jackson, "Listen While You Speak: How to hear the Holy Spirit's voice more in your sermons." "If our prayer and study times are Spirit-filled and Spirit-led, we can be confident that our deliveries will be as well."
- Steve Murrell, "The Great Suggestion" What used to be the Great Commission has become the Great Suggestion, "Go and make disciples."
- Tim Keller, "How to Find Your Rival Gods: Idolatry is not just a failure to obey God, it is a setting of the whole heart on something besides God." Excerpt from Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters (Dutton Adult, October 2009), 240 pages.
- Sunday Agang, "Who's Afraid of Witches?: Among African Christians, too many of us are" (ChristianityTodayOnline). See also: Isaac Phiri, "Saving Witches in Kolwezi: Accused of witchcraft by parents and churches, children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being rescued by Christian activists. (ChristiantiyTodayOnline).
- J. Lee Grady, "Breaking Free From the Spirit of Control" Six ways to identify an unhealthy leadership style in a church or ministry ("Fire in My Bones" column, 11 November 2009). Suggested by TS.
- John C. Maxwell, "Seven Principles of Planning" Learn 4 types of planning, find out why people don't plan, pick up some qualities of principle-centered planning, and explore 7 key principles that will help you turn written plans into reality. Suggested by Brigada Today.
- Brad Abare, "Pseudo Social Networking" There's no substitution for authentic community (MinistryTodayOnline).
- Margaret Feinberg, Lessons from a Shepherd
- Tony Richie, "Evangelical Insights on Health Care Reform in America"
- Christian Leadership: Wayne Cordeiro, "Fighting for Your Family" (Ministry Today).
- J. Lee Grady, "Meaningful Male Friendship in a Disconnected Age" The epidemic of moral failure among men in the church today is directly tied to our lack of healthy relationships.
- Christian History: Joseph Loconte, "The Golden Rule of Toleration: 300 years ago, Pierre Bayle offered a Protestant defense of religious pluralism" (ChristianHistory.net).
- Church Leadership: Richard D. Dobbins, "How to Pastor Difficult People" (MinistryToday).
- Church Leadership: James Cobble, Jr., "Why Church Secretaries Quit" (Your Church).
- Church Leadership: Eric Reed, "Opportunity's Hard Knocks: Now is the time to consider the vital role of pastoral ministry to families facing hard times" Practical ideas on how to minister to your congregation in difficult economic times (Leadership Journal).
- Ted Olsen, "Raised from the Dead: Church history books are full of resurrection stories. But Jesus is still different" (Christian History Blog).
- Dan Peterson, Discussion on Vulnerable Mission (link to PDF). "... [L]earning a people's language is the one door through which the Gospel must enter their world." Suggested by WEA Theological e-News 64 (Apr 2009).
- Dean Ohlman, "Bring Your Trash to Church" Dean spotlights the "good earthkeeping" of Boise Vineyard (Wonder of Creation blog).
- Mike Yaconelli, "Run for Your Soul!: Why you may need to quit your job as a youth minister" (MinistryTodayOnline).
- Anthony McRoy, "Was Easter Borrowed from a Pagan Holiday?: The historical evidence contradicts this popular notion" (ChristianHistory.net).
- John Chasteen, "Models of Learning" To reach a new generation, we have to change the way we teach (MinistryTodayOnline).
- Jack Hayford, "Waltzing With the World?" Cultural transformation is about penetration of—not competition with—the surrounding culture (MinistryTodayOnline).
- Christian History: The Irish Apostle "Most people don't know St. Patrick had a vibrant charismatic faith that blazed across Ireland in the fifth century" (Charisma).
- Christian History: Chris Armstrong, "Evangelicalism's Hidden Liturgical and Confessional Past" The emotional energy of Cane Ridge and other early frontier revivals arose from a strong emphasis on the Eucharist (ChristianHistory blog).
- Christian History: Philip Jenkins, "Unenthusiastic About Enthusiasm: Modern suspicions about charismatic Christianity trace back to controversies over the French Prophets 300 years ago" Tongues, the sick being healed, the dead raised to life, the soon coming apocalypse ... in 1709 (ChristianHistory.net).
- Christian History: Keith J. White, "Jesus Was Her Guru: If you don't know the inner strength of an Indian woman with a divine call, you haven't met Pandita Ramabai" (Christian History, 87).
- Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Jesus Is Not a Brand: Why it is dangerous to make evangelism another form of marketing (Christianity Today, January 2009).
- John Piper, "Signs and Wonders: Then and Now" Suggested by TS.
- Christian History: Sarah E. Johnson, "Good News for the 20th Century: Through Wycliffe Bible Translators, the Summer Institute of Linguistics, and the American Bible Society, Cameron Townsend and Eugene Nida changed the landscape of Bible translation" (ChristianHistoryBlog).
- Phil Cooke, "The Open Media' Revolution" How everything about reaching this generation must change (MinistryToday).
- Christian Leadership: Matthew G. Hirschy, "The Threat Within" Don't let your ministry be an easy target for embezzlement (MinistryToday).
- Christian History: The Altar Call Popularized by frontier camp meetings and Charles Finney's "anxious bench," the altar call became an evangelistic staple of American churches (Christian History Blog).
- Christian History: Chris Armstrong, "Signs and Wonders: The Charismatic Power of Early Christianity" When we teach about the early church, we frequently omit the story of spiritual gifts (Christian History Blog).
- Christian Leadership: Mike Fehlauer, "The Seduction of Success " (Ministry Today).
- "Taking Slackers to Task" Teen twins Alex and Brett Harris call their peers to something more (CTOnline).
- Christian Leadership: Lillian Daniel, "A Cast of Thousands" The mission of the church is not efficiency, but developing all its people. "At my daughter's elementary school musical, the printed program noted: 'This musical was originally written for 15 actors, but it has been adapted to accommodate our cast of 206.' You know what kind of show this was. No-cut auditions, no performer left without something special to do. They danced, they sang, they delivered lines, and somehow 206 children graced the stage that night" (Leadership Fall 2008).
- Scott Hagan, "HELP! Someone Is Speaking in Tongues: Things can get awkward when someone gives a message in tongues on Sunday morning. Here's how to manage the moment" Ministry Today (Mar/Apr 2005). http://www.ministrytodaymag.com/display.php?id=10653
- James K. A. Smith "Thinking in Tongues" First Things (April 2008), pages 27-31.
- "Missional Shift or Drift?" Research shows that pastors' views of the gospel and mission are changing. But should we celebrate or repent? (Leadership, Fall 2008).
- David Ravenhill, "You Can't Bribe God" (Charisma, March 2007).
- James Emery White, Opening Gateways to the Unchurched 4 myths about reaching the unchurched - and 4 ways to draw them in (Outreach & Evangelism).
- Jack Hayford, "What's Really Important" Examining the principles that are essential in leading a congregation to maturity and fruitfulness.
- Troy Anderson, "A New Day for Apologetics: People young and old are flocking to hear - and be changed by - winsome arguments for the Christian faith (Christianity Today, July 2008).
- Ed Dobson, "Opening the Closed American Mind: Some principles for reaching skeptics with the truth" (Outreach & Evangelism).
- Norman Benz, "Defining Revival" Church leaders love to talk about revival, but do we all mean the same thing?
- Mark Labberton, "Betty's Secret Ingredient" "Is heaped-up, open-handed goodness without strings the love we share with people who come to our doors, whether they're regulars or not? Why do so many of us who claim to be ambassadors for abundant grace live lives of stingy scarcity?" (Leadership Journal, Summer 2008).
- Eddie L. Hyatt, "Taking Our Revival Temperature "
- Mike Woodruff, "Difficult Sermon? Call in a Team: When the topics get tough, this preacher gets help" (Leadership Spring 2008). Listen to Pastor Woodruff's sermon on the difficult genocide passage ("wipe out the Amalekites"), 1 Samuel 15:3.
- Jonathan J. Bonk, "Africa Unbound: God may be clearing the stage for the next act in his redemptive drama" Christianity Today (Nov 2007), pages 46-51. Bonk, a missiologist and historian, says, "Our fate as western Christians is tied to the church in Africa because there is no such thing as an independent church" (51). Discussing some of the tremendous things that have happened for the African church in the last one hundred years and reminding readers of the decline of Christianity in the West, God may be getting Africa ready to bring about something more wonderful than we can imagine.
- Fleming Rutledge, "When God Disturbs the Peace: Our gospel may be small because we fail to believe that God animates many social movements" Christianity Today (June 2008). Part of the Christian Vision Project. | Suggested by TS.
- Christian History in China: "As for Me and My House: The house-church movement survived persecution and created a surge of Christian growth across China" by Tony Lambert. | "From Foreign Mission to Chinese Church" Daniel H. Bays. Missionaries in China were hampered by pressures from home, mistakes in leadership, and identification with the West, but they planted the seeds that would someday yield an astonishing harvest (Christian History, Spring 2008). | For more about the church in China today, see "Great Leap Forward: China is changing and so is its church. How new urban believers are shaping society in untold ways" (Christianity Today, May 2008).
- Christian History in Belarus: "We are reclaiming our history as a land of religious freedom" by Antoni Bokun. The pastor of Minsk's John the Baptist Pentecostal Church, describes how Belarusians' historical experience has taught them that "religious freedom elevates our nation, whereas religious un-freedom leads to the darkest and most tragic consequences" (Forum18).
- Text Criticism and Inerrancy: J. I. Packer answers: "How can I reconcile my belief in the inerrancy of Scripture with comments in Bible translations that state that a particular verse is not 'in better manuscripts'?" (Christianity Today, October 7, 2002).
- Christian Leadership: "Ministry Team Diagnostics: How to avoid the 5 most common dysfunctions of a ministry team" by Nancy Ortberg. Are you guilty of 2? 3? all 5? (Leadership, Spring 2008).
- Building a Stronger Marriage: "Philippians: A Study Guide for Native Couples" by Dr. John and Doris Knoles (NativeMarriage.com).
- Sharing the Story of Jesus: "Whatever Happened to Evangelism?" An interview with Luis Palau (Outreach & Evangelism Today).
- Christian Leadership: Mark Buchanan, "Wreck the Roof: Are you willing to take apart the church to bring people to Jesus?" (Outreach & Evangelism Today).
- "Taking Our Revival Temperature" by Eddie L. Hyatt. First printed in the January 08 issue of Spread the Fire magazine.
- Mark Buchanan, "Singing in the Chains" To be saved means more than we might think (Christianity Today, February, 2008).
- Rodney Clapp, "Why the Devil takes VISA: A Christian response to the triumph of consumerism" (Christianity Today, October 7, 1996).
- Gordon MacDonald, "When Leaders Rock the Vote" How much should church leaders say about upcoming elections. "Are you prepared to take a political position that will cause some people to stop listening to you when you preach the gospel?" (Leadership).
- Christian History: Tough Love for a Stubborn Church Thirty years after Paul wrote to the Corinthians, Clement gave them another lesson in humility (Christian History & Biography).
- Christian History: "I'm Dreaming of a Victorian Christmas" by Chris Armstrong. For all of their faults, Victorian-era Christians did change their society for the better because they had a vision of families and societies healed by a lived gospel (Leadership Journal, Fall 2007).
- Christian Leadership: Beautiful, Messy Church" a Leadership Journal (Fall 2007) interview with Rick McKinley about reaching the marginalized.
- "When the Media Became a Nuisance" by Darrell Bock. How to respond to the next blockbuster book/documentary/movie that questions traditional Christianity (Christianity Today, Dec 2007).
- Christianity in the Global South: "Africa Unbound" by Jonathan J. Bonk. God may be clearing the stage for the next act in his redemptive drama (Christianity Today, Nov 2007).
- Christian History: "One God, One Christ, One Salvation" by D. Jeffrey Bingham. Irenaeus the "peacemaker" was the early church's best warrior against Gnostic heresy (from "The Hunger for Secret Knowledge" issue of Christian History & Biography, Fall 2007).
- "Hispanics in America" by Samuel Rodriguez. "Who are today's Hispanics and how can your church reach them? Take an in-depth look at this exploding population and learn why churches nationwide are discovering that to be relevant in their community, they must intentionally break down cultural barriers and engage Latinos" (Outreach, November/December 2007).
- "Veteran Ministry" How churches can help soldiers and their families readjust after combat (ChristianityTodayOnline). | Did you know that CBS News reported (mid-November 2007) that the suicide rate among U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq in 2005 was higher than the number of war casualties that year?
- "5 Kinds of Christians" Understanding the disparity of those who call themselves Christian in America (Leadership, Fall 2007).
- "The Urban Divide" by Sammy Rodríguez. Why African-American and Hispanic churches must work together for urban renewal (Ministry Today).
- "Preaching Prosperity by Jim Mann. "Some preachers preach it, others avoid it, but there is a balance. You can preach on true prosperity while avoiding extremes" (Ministries Today, Nov/Dec 2000).
- Christian Leadership: "Rules of Engagement" Visitor Assimilation. Guest Connection. Closing the Back Door. Church leaders may not agree on what it's called, but everyone agrees that connecting new people to their church is both a critical priority and a source of frustration. Hear leading pastors discuss their thoughts on the keys to successfully engaging visitors and providing a meaningful connection both to your church and, ultimately, to the Lord (Outreach&EvangelismToday).
- Outreach: Tim Stafford, "Go and Plant Churches of All Peoples" Crusades and personal witnessing are no longer the cutting edge of evangelism (Christianity Today, September 2007).
- R. T. Kendall, "Itching Ears?" The church needs more than good experience--it needs good theology (Ministry Today).
- How we do Church: "The New House Churches: Many Christians today have left traditional churches to meet in homes. Is this a healthy trend?" by Matthew D. Green. Originally published in Ministry Today (May/June 2007), pages 38-43.
- "Powering Down" The head of World Vision India, Jayakumar Christian, speaks on how the poor become movers and shakers, and movers and shakers become poor (Christianity Today, September 2007).
- Book Review: Dennis Franck, Reaching Single Adults: An Essential Guide for Ministry (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2007). Reviewed by Darrin Rodgers.
- A Famine for the Word of God: "Scrambling for Bibles: The world may have moved in next door, but non-English Scriptures remain frustratingly hard to find" by Christopher Lewis (Christianity Today, August 2007).
- "Reductionist Justice: Where Job's friends went wrong about suffering" by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- "Relevance, Faith and the Arts" by Dawn Xiana Moon (Relevant). Suggested by TS.
- "Eat, Drink, and Be Hungry: It's emptiness, not fullness, that Jesus blesses" by John Koessler (Christianity Today, August 2007).
- Christian Leadership: "Fix My Small Groups!" by Keri Wyatt Kent. Think you're alone in your small groups ministry struggles? Think again. Many small groups suffer from uncommitted members, poor leadership and other serious dysfunctions. Read on to discover cures to the six most common problems your small groups may be facing (Outreach, September/October 2007).
- "Liberate My People" An interview with theologian and educator Ruth Padilla DeBorst, who says true Christian mission addresses issues of power and poverty (Christianity Today August 2007). Discusses Pentecostalism in Latin America and contrasts it to growing influence of prosperity teaching.
- Christian Leadership: "The Debt of Leadership" by Myles Munroe. "The most effective leaders make themselves increasingly unnecessary" (Ministry Today May/Jun 2006).
- Christian Leadership: "The Character of a Teacher" by John Paul Jackson. "Private victories are foundations for a public ministry" (Ministry Today Mar/Apr 2004).
- Christian Leadership: "The Successful Staff" by Joyce Strong. "Staff relationships can make or break a ministry. Here's how to build a strong team that will be successful in carrying out the church's vision" (Ministry Today Sep/Oct 2002).
- "The Good of Affluence" by John R. Schneider. (Religion & Liberty, March/April 2002). Is poverty really a virtue? Should the evils of consumerism and materialism keep us from wanting to create wealth? Or should a biblical view of God's creation give us reason to think that affluence can be good? | Suggested by TS: "I was doing some research on the Word of faith movement and economies and found this article interesting. Schneider, is a prof at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, seems to be debunking some of the myths of poverty that have been embraced by many Protestants."
- "Coming Home" by Thom S. Rainer and Sam S. Rainer. Do your neighbors go to church? If not, do you know why? Their reasons are probably not the ones you'd expect. New research reveals why people leave churches and what you and your church can do to bring them back (Outreach, July/August 2007).
- "Back to the burning bush: Leadership 101" by William H. Willimon
(Christian Century, April 24, 2002).
- "Rev. Parker's last stand: Fifty years of preaching" by William H. Willimon
(Christian Century, May 04, 2004).
- "Transparent lives" by Eugene Peterson (Christian Century, November 29, 2003).
- Christian History: Witch Hunting in Salem by David D. Hall. A dark chapter in church history: Why were 19 people hanged?
- Generation Lost? Author/apologist Josh McDowell says the church is losing a generation as youth leave in alarming numbers. What do they believe? What are the issues? And how can churches turn young people back to God? Suggested by Web Evangelism Newsletter (July 2007).
- Worship: "Think About God" An interview with pioneer Brian Doerksen on what's wrong with worship music (Christian Music Today).
- "How to teach with parables (like Jesus did)" by D. Bruce Seymour (Pastors.com).
- Why We Believe: "Virtue That Counts" Why justification by faith alone in Christ Jesus alone is still the defining doctrine of Evangelical Christians (Christianity Today, July 2007).
- "I Love, Therefore You Are" by Mark Galli. Why the modern search for self ends in despair.
- Richard Bauckham, "Weakness - Paul's and ours" The apostle Paul's acknowledgement of his weakness was not false humility "but the point where the deepest integration of his life and his message is possible." Suggested by TS.
- Living for Jesus Today: "Meditating Like a Dog" by Eugene Peterson, on the discipline of spiritual reading. An excerpt from Eat This Book.
- "The Cost of Christian Education: Getting schooled in the faith is more unnerving than I care to admit." By Mark Galli (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Christian Leadership: "The Joy of Policy Manuals: There's more to workplace justice than good intentions by David P. Gushee (Christianity Today May 2007).
- What Really Unites Pentecostals? by Ted Olsen. It's not speaking in tongues. It may be the prosperity gospel (Christianity Today, December 2006).
- Peace in a World of Massacre by Mark Galli (ChristianityTodayOnline). What Jesus calls us to when we're most frightened.
- Christian Leadership: "What We Lost: Reinventing accountability, discipline and restoration in a world of superstar leaders" by Matthew Green, Ministries Today (Jan/Feb 2007).
- Arab 'Schindlers' During the Holocaust The remarkable story of how some noble Arabs protected Jews in North Africa. Suggested by Web Evangelism Newsletter January 2007.
- "Praying in Tongues for Healing" by Francis MacNutt. Find other articles by Francis MacNutt on KingdomRain.net.
- "Behold, the Global Church" by Brenda Salter McNeil. It's time we figured out how to talk—and listen—to one another. "I had no idea that my life as a black, Pentecostal female had any relevance to anyone else. No one had ever asked" (Christianity Today, Sept. 2006).
- "Stopping Cultural Drift" by Mark Galli. An Asian Pentecostal argues that we need to know what the church is before we figure out what the church does. | Also posted is an extended interview with Simon Chan (Christianity Today, Sept. 2006).
- Christian History: Martin Luther (131 Christians Everyone Should Know, Christian History & Biography).
- Theology Today: "Dear Word-Faith Friends" by Matt Green. The editor of Ministry Today says that the Word of Faith movement has come to a influential position in American religion, but the prosperity message still has some serious theological shortcomings.
- Christian Leadership: Watch out for the unsafe leader (Monday Morning Insights).
- "The Bible and Christian Imagination" Transcript of N.T. Wright's May 18, 2005, lecture at Seattle Pacific University. From the Summer 2005 issue of Response. Suggested by JM.
- Christianity Today celebrates 50 years of publication by looking at the Evangelical movement they have represented: "Where We Are and How We Got Here." Unlike the norm 50 years ago, this history acknowledges significant contributions by Pentecostal/charismatics under the Evangelical umbrella.
- How we do Church: Book Review of The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson (Hyperion Books, 2006). This book review from www.ill-legalism.com by Rick Presley asks questions about how churches have or could adapt to the market trend of long tail economics.
- Sharing the Story of Jesus: "Missions: A Humble Journey Toward a New Creation" by John Edmiston (Lausanne World Pulse).
- Comparing Christianity and Islam: "Four Jihads" Jihad means more than warfare, but the sword is central to Islam's texts, its history, and its founder. By Mateen A. Elass (CTLibrary).
- House Churches: "There's No Pulpit Like Home" Some Evangelicals are abandoning megachurches for minichurches--based in their own living rooms (Time). Suggested by Roger S.
- Preaching: "Telling illustrations more effectively" by Steven James. Suggested by TS.
- Christian History: Two articles by Chris Armstrong (ChristianityTodayOnline): "Do Non-Charismatics 'Do' Holy Spirit Baptism?" Ask D. L. Moody, Charles G. Finney, Jonathan Edwards, or Cotton Mather. | "Timeline of the Spirit-gifted" Before Moody, Finney, Edwards, and Mather came a long line of Catholic and Orthodox believers reputed to enjoy "the promise of the Father."
- "Experiencing Life at the Margins: An African bishop tells North American Christians the most helpful gospel-thing they can do." Andy Crouch interviews the Rt. Rev. Dr. David Zac Niringiye (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- "Hispanic Pentecostals: Azusa Street and Beyond" by Carmelo Alvarez (Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research Feb 1999)
- Christian History: "The Azusa Street Revival Revisited" by Bishop George D. McKinney
- "Let The Walls Fall Down: W.J. Seymour" by James Choung
- Christian History: "Fighting the other slave trade: Women against sexual trafficking" by Lisa Thompson (Christian History & Biography)
- Pray-Tell Ministries Newsletters Sermonette newsletters from Assemblies of God Pastor Ron Auch.
- Pentecostal/charismatic history: "Aimee Semple McPherson" From 131 Christians Everyone Should Know by Mark Galli.
- Pentecostal/charismatic history: "From Azusa Street to the Ends of the Earth" by Gary B. McGee. From Christian History (Spring 2006).
- Revival history reviews Christian History editor Elisha Coffman reviews two books on Pentecostal revival translated into English: History of the Pentecostal Revival in Chile, by Willis Collins Hoover (Imprenta Eben-Ezer), and The Awakening: One Man's Battle with Darkness, by Friedrich Zuendel (Plough).
- Christian History: "Turning Point: The Crowning of Charlemagne" by Patrick Henry Reardon (Christian History & Biography).
- In Defense of the Faith: "The Jesus and Judas Papers: A Look at Recent Claims about Jesus" by Darrell Bock. Questions about history may be sincere, but make no mistake: There is an agenda at work (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- "Our Anti-Intellectual Heritage" by Rick M. Nañez. The history and beliefs of the Pentecostal movement, often shared by evangelicals, hold the seeds of a bias against the life of the mind. An excerpt from Full Gospel, Fractured Minds (Zondervan, 2005) as appearing in ChristianityTodayOnline. See also: "Full Gospel's Fractured Thinking" The problems with shunning the life of the mind. Rob Moll interviews Rick M. Nañez.
- Pentecostal/charismatic movement today: "Grading the Movement" a Christianity Today interview with Derrick Hutchins, J. Lee Grady, and Russell Spittler.
- "Pentecostals: The Sequel" by Grant McClung. What will it take for this world phenomenon to stay vibrant for another 100 years? (Christianity Today cover story, April 2006)
- "Africa's Azusa Street" by Timothy C. Morgan. East Africa has experienced Pentecost continually for nearly 80 years (Christianity Today, April 2006).
- Christian History: "The Puritan Moses" by Collin Hansen. Believing he was on a mission from God, Oliver Cromwell became both military genius and lawgiver (Christian History & Biography, Winter 2006).
- Persecution: "A History of (Suffering) Violence" by Will Reaves. Recent world events put "Blessed are the persecuted" to the test (CTLibrary).
- Evidence for a Creator: "God by the Numbers" by Charles Edward White. Coincidence and random mutation are not the most likely explanations for some things (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- "Revival Fire" Christianity Today interviews charismatic Timothy Larsen about the February 2006 revival at Asbury College and earlier revivals.
- Legal Considerations: Richard R. Hammar, "Tips on Reducing Legal Risk."
- Legal Considerations: Richard R. Hammar, "Children's and youth workers: your legal liability."
- Legal Considerations: Richard R. Hammar, Q & A: Liability and Church Security."
- Legal Considerations: Richard R. Hammar, "Legal Implications of Child Abuse."
- Legal Considerations: Richard R. Hammar, "Sexual Harassment" Defining sexual harassment and ways churches can reduce the risk of sexual harassment claims.
- Christian History: "Whatever Happened to Christian History?" by Tim Stafford. Evangelical historians have finally earned the respect of the secular academy. But some critics say they've sold out. Not really (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Christian History: "Erasmus's Revolutionary 'Study Bible'" by Edwin Woodruff Tait. The spiritual father of so many English Reformers died at the hands of the church he refused to leave (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Telling the Story of Jesus: Blogging: A great tool for ministry" by Terry Wilhite.
- Legal Considerations: "Ten Deadly Lawsuits of the Church" by Stephen Chawaga (Your Church, May/Jun 2001).
- Bible Teachings and Free Sermons by Pentecostal Pastor Jim Feeney
- Answers to Questions: "Which Miracles Are Real? Read the answer by J. Rodman Williams, professor of theology at Regent University. How can we tell which miracles, signs, and wonders are of God? (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Answers to Questions: "Should We All Speak in Tongues? Read the answer by J. Rodman Williams, professor of theology at Regent University. How can we tell which miracles, signs, and wonders are of God? (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Answers to Questions: "Was Slavery God's Will?" answer by Ronald C. Potter (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Contemporary Issues: "What is the Emerging Church? Postmodernity" by Scot McKnight. From McKnight's "Jesus Creed" blog. This article recommended by Ted G.
- Christian History: "Indian Pentecost" by Edith Blumhofer. How a "Holy Ghost revival" among child widows in India became an international sensation and a local wellspring of Christian outreach (Christian History & Biography).
- Jon Ruthven offers a number of on-line articles including the full text of his book On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Post-Biblical Miracles.
- "The Prophecy That Is Shaping History: New Research on Ezekiel's Vision of the End" website for the book by Jon Ruthven. Full download available.
- "8 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor" by Victor Parachin. Simple acts that feed a shepherd (Today's Christian, September/October 1999)
- "How to Win Friends and Influence Culture" by Michael Horowitz. A prominent Jewish human-rights activist praises—and pointedly counsels—evangelicals (ChristianityTodayOnline).
- Christian History: "The Bible in American Public Life, 1860-2005: Dilemmas at the center, insights from the margins." by Mark Noll (Books & Culture, September/October 2005)
- Telling the Story of Jesus: Momentum Magazine encouraging readers to passionately, quickly, and effectively reach the least-reached 27% of our world.
- Messianic Foundations: Kai Kajaer-Hansen, ed. Jewish Identity and Faith in Jesus (Jerusalem: Caspari Center, 1996).
- Living for Jesus Today: Dialogue: "Should Films Be Faith-Explicit?" Christianity Today asked for responses from two Christian film-makers on both sides of the issue. "We initiated an e-mail debate between them, and while there were no easy answers, the lively exchange is instructive"
- "A Vision Of The Lost" by William Booth. "On one of my recent journeys, as I gazed from the coach window, I was led into a train of thought concerning the condition of the multitudes around me. They were living carelessly in the most open and shameless rebellion against God, without a thought for their eternal welfare. As I looked out of the window, I seemed to see them all..."
- Interesting facts about Christianity in India Pentecostalism has the last word in this brief introduction to Christianity in India (Christian History & Biography)
- Christian History: Ethiopia: "The Country Blessed of God" by Jeremy Wells. A brief introduction to the persecutions and awakenings that have occurred in Ethiopia and are spurring the church there to growth even today (Christian History & Biography).
- Sample chapter from charismatic author Sam Storms, Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God "Falling in Love" with foreword by Larry Crabb.
- The Bible is Reliable: "You Don't Honestly Believe That!" by Amy Orr-Ewing. What responsibility does the reader have to the text? Is it dangerous to believe what a holy book says? Recommended by Web Evangelism Bulletin.
- Editorial: "The Pentecostal Gold Standard" After 50 years in ministry, Jack Hayford continues to confound stereotypes—all to the good. (ChristianityTodayOnline)
- Christian History: "Evan Roberts and the 1904 Welsh Revival: Marking the 100th anniversary of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Wales" Revival Times (October 2004).
- "What's Right About the Faith Movement" by Jon Ruthven. Originally appearing in Ministries Today (Jan-Feb 1999). Suggested by Troy E.
- Strengthening Your Faith: Evidence for the Resurrection by Josh McDowell (LeadershipU)
- Christian Leadership: "What's Driving Today's Innovations?" Four cultural analysts were asked what forces they see shaping the church of tomorrow (Leadership Winter 2005) Suggested by Pastor John D.
- Christianity in our Culture: "God's Politics" A Sojourners' Special feature page about Jim Wallis' controversial book God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It. Suggested by Ted G.
- Vineyard Position Papers The Vineyard Movement responds to criticisms in this index of papers, offering answers to many questions asked of other Pentecostal/charismatics.
- "The Myth of Islamic Tolerance Muslim "protection" of Christians and Jews has historically been oppression (CTLibrary, subscription needed for full article).
- "Pentecostalism's Global Language" Walter J. Hollenweger says in this interview that Pentecostalism is not just about tongues but a different way of being a Christian (Christian History & Biography).
- Christian History: "Holiness of heart, life, and pen" by Chris Armstrong. An Introduction to Charles Wesley and Charles H. Sheldon (Christian History & Biography).
- "Hand-Clapping in a Gothic Nave" by Grant Wacker. What Pentecostals and mainliners can learn from each other. Suggested by Ted G.
- Christian History: "How Armenia 'Invented' Christendom" by Steven Gertz (Christian History & Biography)
- Living for Jesus: "Spirituality for All the Wrong Reasons" Eugene Peterson talks about lies and illusions that destroy the church, an interview with Christianity Today (March 2005). Suggested by Pastor John D.
- Thoughts on Jonathan Edwards How a 300-year-old mentor helped one "bookworm charismatic." (Christian History & Biography)
- Christian History: Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian novelist of spiritual depth (Christian History & Biography)
- Christian History: First Christians of Africa (Christian History & Biography)
- Conflict Resolution: "Six Steps to Settling Differences" by Steve Larson. "Six months into our church plant, the two most influential families had a fight. Words were exchanged, battle lines drawn. Both sides began recruiting people to their cause. Something had to be done, but what?" Larson asked a professional conflict-solver to lead a 'peace conference'. "He led the meeting gracefully, compassionately, and thoughtfully. It was a great success. At the beginning of the meeting the two sides wouldn't even look at each other. Afterward, they were laughing and hugging. Not only did he help resolve the biggest conflict we'd ever had, he taught me skills on how to deal with conflict. Here's what he did." (LeadershipJournal.net)
- Christian Leadership: Fraud in the Church An epidemic for churches in the USA.
- Christian History: The spark that lit the Welsh revival By eyewitness Evan Roberts with commentary by Jennifer Trafton
- Spiritual gifts for today: Anatomy of a Deception by Jack Deere
- Christian Leadership: My View on Leadership By John Wimber
- Christian Leadership: Leadership and Followership By John Wimber
- Christian History: Martyr's Mirror Massive compilation of those who were persecuted for their trust in Jesus Christ. From the website: "Martyrs Mirror, the classic 1660 Dutch religious history, memorializes the godly lives and glorious deaths of thousands of early Christians, especially European Anabaptist martyrs between 1524 and 1660. The book shines a mirror on ordinary people who experienced a spiritual reality that few today can even imagine. Like the more famous Foxe's Book of Martyrs, this compilation attempts to trace the history of those through the centuries, beginning with the martyrdom of Christ's apostles, who were willing to stand alone for a simple, obedient faith."
- Christian History: "Gutenberg: A God's-Eye View" The rise, fall, and redemption of the Father of the Information Age. By Chris Armstrong
- Christian Classic: "George MacDonald. An Antology" Edited and with a Preface by C. S. Lewis
- Library of resources: Empowering Church Workers Numerous articles and other resources from Assemblies of God Online.
- Christian Classic: Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
- The gift of tongues: Wayne House and Sam Storms debate tongues for today (Discipleship Journal)
- Christian History: "BRIDGES IN BAGHDAD: Ties Between Nestorian Christians and "Abbasid Muslims" By Samuel Moffett [Direct link into the PDF file] from Missions Frontiers magazine, Sept-Oct 2004.
- Christian History: Innocent's Corrupted Crusade Good intentions couldn't stop Innocent III's crusade from going horribly wrong. By Steven Gertz (ChristianHistoryOnline)
- Bill Hybels' "Five I Believes" and "Five I Don't Knows" After 30 years in church leadership, Bill is even more convinced of the critical importance of leadership in the local church.
- Christian History: "The Cleansing Wave" By Edwin Woodruff Tait. The 19th-century holiness revival took many forms as it swept across denominational boundaries. From Christian History (Spring 2004).
- Proto-Pentecostal pioneer Phoebe Palmer: "Holiness Fire-Starter" Transformed by her child's fiery death, Phoebe Palmer lit the flames of revival on two continents. By Charles Edward White From Christian History (Spring 2004).
- Online book: Serve Him with Mirth Whatever you may personally find funny or appropriate, the use of humor is biblical and a great booster for effective evangelism and Christian communication. Free e-book from Web Evangelism Guide.
- Cutting Edge magazine Online articles from this publication for church planters by VineyardUSA. Read full issues in PDF format.
- Equiping the Saints magazine Online articles from this publication by VineyardUSA.
- Journal of Pentecostal Theology Abstracts from the journal are available online. From the Publisher: The Journal of Pentecostal Theology is the first academic serial to publish constructive theological research from a Pentecostal perspective on an international scholarly level.
- German charismatic periodical Charisma: Aktuelle Themen und Nachrichten Aus Der Charismatischen Erneuerung Pneuma Foundation editor Joe Joslin sent this (somewhat) translated English page.
- Christian Bible Studies from Christianity Today. Most of these studies are offered for a small fee.
- Faithworks A lifestyle magazine for Christians committed to engaging a post-Christian, postmodern culture—helping contemporary Christians integrate their faith and life.
- Journal of Pentecostal Theology Read abstracts from issues of the JPT.
- Doctrine: Baptism in the Holy Spirit Questions about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit The Assemblies of God answers 20 of the top questions about the Baptism in the Spirit from a classical Pentecostal perspective.
- Leadership: Leadership Tips Practical and contemporary insights and resources for leadership of the church. The Winter 2002 issue from the Leadership Development and Church Ministries Department of Open Bible Churches (Des Moines, Iowa).
- Evangelism: "The Lost: Restoring a Sense of Urgency" by George O. Wood . What do the three stories—the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son—from Luke 15 reveal about the heart of the gospel? From Enrichment Journal published by the Assemblies of God.
- Evangelism: "Overcoming Evangelism Barriers" by D. James Kennedy. What are the main barriers to evangelism particularly in the United States? The founder of Evangelism Explosion offers solutions for overcoming these tall barriers. From Enrichment Journal published by the Assemblies of God.
- Preaching Today: "The Necessity for Urgency in Preaching" by Thomas H. Lindberg. The biblical theme of the Lord\u2019s imminent return will do much to inject urgency in a gospel service. From Enrichment Journal published by the Assemblies of God.
- Pat Robertson discusses "The Miracle Mindset."
- LIFE magazine ranks the birth of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement as the 68th most important event of the millennium.
- Books and Articles by Vincent Cheung from Reformation Ministries International. See also the E-Books page.
- "Ecclesiology And Ethics:In 1 Corinthians" by Richard B. Hays
- "Soft Difference: Theological Reflections on the Relation Between Church and Culture in 1 Peter" by Mirslav Volf
- "One God, One Lord, One People: Incarnational Christology for a Church in a Pagan Environment" theologian N. T. Wright discusses the question of meat offered to idols, spoken of in 1 Corinthians 8-10.
- "Biblical Truth and Experience: A Reply to Charismatic Chaos by John F. MacArthur, Jr" by Rodman Williams
- "Which Miracles are Real?" Professor Rodman Williams gives 5 tests to know which miracles, signs and wonders are from God.
- Renewal Journal The Renewal Journal is published twice a year in Australia for people interested in renewal and revival. Many articles by diverse authors.
- Articles on Pentecostal/charismatic Theology by J. Rodman Williams
- Articles on Historical Pentecostal Leaders from Ambassador Journal
- Charismatic Reform Journal Calling for a reformation of the independent charismatic movement by returning to Scripture as our sole rule of faith and practice.
- Links to selected on-line papers and publications from Pentecostal-Charismatic Theological Inquiry International
- Mission and Ministry, Journal from Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry
- If Jesus wrote a "Letter to the Pentecostal/charismatic Church" what might it sound like? Then national director of Vineyard USA, Todd Hunter, wrote this article for Christianity Today's "You've Got Mail" articles in the October 25, 1999 issue.
- Reconciliation, a journal for PCCNA (Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America) edited by Harold D. Hunter and Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. In order to view this issue, one must have the freely distributed Adobe Acrobat Reader. This file is 457K. Hyperlinks may be found throughout the document, but particularly on the title page.
- Current issue of Enrichment: A Journal for Pentecostal Ministry from the Assemblies of God
- Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies
- Journal of Asian Mission
- Soveriegn Grace Magazine published by PDI Ministries
- Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research
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