The June 2010 PNEUMA INFORMER
In this issue
What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.orgNew Online Articles
New Links and Content Worth Noticing
- From The Pneuma Review: Interview with J. P. Moreland - J. P. Moreland wants to see the church become more effective by recovering the Christian mind, renovating the soul, restoring the Spirit's power. From the Spring 2008 issue. Now in PDF, 115KB. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/articles/PneumaReviewKingdomTriangleInterview.pdf
- Web Exclusive Book Review on the In Depth Resources page: Bruce L. McCormack, ed., Engaging the Doctrine of God: Contemporary Protestant Perspectives (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008). Reviewed by John C. Poirier. Added February 1, 2010. On the In Depth Resources page: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/in_depth.jsp
- Book Review on the In Depth Resources page: Ian W. Scott, Paul's Way of Knowing: Story, Experience, and the Spirit (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009). Reviewed by John C. Poirier. Added February 1, 2010. On the In Depth Resources page: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/in_depth.jsp
- Book Review on the In Depth Resources page: James R. Peters, The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009). Reviewed by John R. Miller. Added February 22, 2010. On the In Depth Resources page: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/in_depth.jsp
- Book Review: Ben Witherington III, New Testament Rhetoric: An Introductory Guide to the Art of Persuasion in and of the New Testament Reviewed by Bradford McCall. Added February 22, 2010. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/BWitherington-NTRhetoric-BMcCall.xml
- Book Review on the In Depth Resources page: Denis Alexander and Robert S. White, Science, Faith, And Ethics: Grid or Gridlock? (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2006), xii + 190 pages. Reviewed by Bradford McCall. Added February 22, 2010. On the In Depth Resources page: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/in_depth.jsp
- Book Review: Bobby Welch, You, The Warrior Leader (Broadman & Holman, 2004). Reviewed by Kirk Hunt. Added February 22, 2010. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/BWelch-WarriorLeader-KHunt.xml
- Book Review: Graham A. Cole, Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers (Wheaton: Crossway, 2008). Reviewed by Bradford McCall. Added February 22, 2010. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/article_0095.xml
- The Pneuma Foundation is pleased to add content to our website as a resource to our members and friends around the world. We also add links to content that we are not able to republish ourselves, but may be of interest. Here are some examples of links added recently to "Links to Articles & Books" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_articles.jsp and from "Links to Study Resources" www.pneumafoundation.org/links_study.jsp
- The largest list of Pentecostal/charismatic Bible Schools available online anywhere. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/links_schools.jsp
Add your school: http://www.pneumafoundation.org/links.jsp#link
- "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). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/january/28.69.html
- 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." http://charismamag.com/index.php/fire-in-my-bones/26080-recovering-the-axe-head-of-genuine-anointing
- The A21 Campaign "Abolishing injustice in the 21st century." Jonathan D. writes: "They are a Christian charity working in partnership with many others against people trafficking and helping to link the legal, rescue and spiritual aspects. They have an amazing promo video and a long list of ways people can help, besides the usual need for financial donations." http://www.thea21campaign.org
- Christian Leadership: Frank Sommerville, "Better Together: Combine the best efforts of community churches" (YourChurch, Spring 2010). A thirty-year testimony of churches working together. www.christianitytoday.com/yc/2010/spring/bettertogether.html
- 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." http://www.christianity.com/Christian%20Foundations/The%20Essentials/11632689/
- Kevin Belmonte, "For Such a Time as This: The legacy of William Wilberforce and the Clapham Circle (Christian Leadership Alliance). http://www.christianleadershipalliance.org/?page=forsuchatimeasthis
- 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). www.christianitytoday.com/yc/2010/spring/weighingfairtrade.html
- Tonie Auer, "Is My Church Covered?: Why now is a smart time for leaders to evaluate insurance coverage" (YourChurch, Summer 2010). www.christianitytoday.com/yc/2010/summer/mychurchcovered.html
- Tullian Tchividjian, "Contextualization Without Compromise" http://theresurgence.com/contextualization_without_compromise
Reports from Around the World
Nepal: Falsely Accused Missionary Released
Missionary Manja Tamang was serving as an evangelist in 2002 when he was falsely accused of murdering a foreign man, who Tamang discovered along the road. Sentenced to 20 years in prison, but released late last year, he and his wife are telling the story of Manja's imprisonment and even torture on false charges. He talks about life in prison, including a miracle that happened in jail. While declaring, "I will never stop serving God," Manja tells of his discouragement in jail--and his determination to continue on.
"Manja's patience in bearing all these difficulties and injustices is a lesson for all of us to learn," said N. Sharma, Gospel For Asia's leader in Nepal. "Whenever I saw Manja in prison, he was always smiling. He reminded me often of the Apostle Paul's own statement from prison: 'rejoice in the Lord always.' This is a quality that can only be developed through bearing pain from within, such as our brother Manja has done."
All through his imprisonment, Manja continued to be a joyful witness, sharing the Gospel with the other prisoners. He organized and led Bible studies and worship services, with at least 30 inmates attending many of those services. And several men in his little "prison congregation" chose to follow Christ.
Manja thanks Christians around the world who remembered and prayed for him.
Source: Adapted from Mission Network News, "Imprisoned missionary tells his story." http://www.mnnonline.org/article/13861
Official Chinese Newspaper Publishes Call to Change Religion Policy
Other news from China: Human Rights Lawyer Abandons His Campaign
Togo: Burnt his idols and built a church
Jato Makai from Togo in West Africa became a Christian thanks to radio programs from the Swedish IBRA media group. He explains:
"Satan had a hold on my life before. I drank different potions that I thought could protect me from sickness, give me fruitful harvests and give me super natural powers. In spite of this I had bad harvests, was sick and very poor. One day when I was listening to 'Revival Radio' I heard that only Jesus could save and that he is the way to an eternal life and can protect you from the power of Satan. I gave my life to Jesus at home then I went to the closest village and told a pastor about my decision to follow Jesus."
Source: Adapted from IBRA Newsletter (March 2010). www.ibra.se
Jato tells how he has burnt all of his idols and that Jesus even healed him from paralysis. Several in his family have now also decided to follow Jesus and together they have built a church in the village.
"I can guarantee that I will never leave Jesus. I will follow him until I die. As I heard about salvation through the radio I continue to listen to the radio as it gives me spiritual encouragement."
USA: Study Shows Generational Differences Among Pentecostal/charismatics
Chris Armstrong, "The Spreading Flame: Pentecostal Scholarship Goes Global"
USA: Polarization of churches
New studies show that 'middle of the road' mainliners are now 'conservative'
"[C]hurches that lean in the conservative direction on homosexuality may have been pushed by national developments within these denominations to declare themselves to be more theologically conservative, even though their views may not have become more conservative over the last decade."
Nigeria Crusade Organizers Report 360,000 Salvations
News and Headlines
Organizers of an evangelistic crusade in eastern Nigeria said more than 360,000 people made decisions for Christ during the five-day event held in late March 2010 in the rural town of Takum.
Christ for All Nations (CfaN) evangelist Daniel Kolenda said tens of thousands attended each night of the crusade he led with CfaN founder Reinhard Bonnke March 24-28. He said several Fulani Muslims, an ethnic and religious minority recently known for attacking Christian villages in Jos, professed faith in Christ, and hundreds of people were healed.
Read the full story: http://charismamag.com/index.php/news/26692-nigeria-crusade-organizers-report-360000-salvations
for Current News and Links
- Indonesia: Religious Freedom Violations Affect Mostly Christians (CharismaNews). www.charismamag.com/index.php/news/26066-christians-most-hit-by-religious-freedom-violations-in-indonesia
- Nigeria: Craig S. Keener, "The Truth About the Religious Violence in Jos, Nigeria" "It's not easy to state who started it or how many died. But the horror for those affected is clear" (ChristianityTodayOnline). www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2010/januaryweb-only/13-42.0.htm
- Myanmar: Karen refugees hunted and slain "The Karen are an ethnic people group ruthlessly hunted by Buddhist and Burmese armies. Soldiers have raped and murdered Karen women, enslaved Karen men and boys, killed infants for sport, and burnt Karen fields and homes. Over half of the Karen are believers" (MNN). http://www.mnnonline.org/article/13618
Feb 18 udpate: "Burma military attacks Christians" (MNN). http://www.mnnonline.org/article/13894
- Cote D'Ivoire: Ivory Coast president dissolves 'unity' government The World Evangelical Alliance calls for urgent prayer for the troubled nation. www.worldevangelicals.org/pray/article.htm?cat=top&id= 2392
- Government Sponsored Cruelty Continues in Communist Laos 48 Laotian Christians, marched from their village at gunpoint, were abandoned on the roadside three miles from their homes. Their return to home and family is reportedly blocked by armed police squads (ChristianAid). www.christianaid.org/Missionaries/MIR/mir20100209.aspx
- India: 11 Christians arrested in Orissa Christians attacked for "worshipping Jesus" then accused of starting the incident. Memories of the widespread 2008 violence against Orissa Christians has many concerned (WEA). www.worldevangelicals.org/pray/article.htm?cat=top&id=2395
- Bangladesh: Cyclone Aila survivors face desperate situation (MNN). www.mnnonline.org/article/13897
- UK: Church of England says there has been judicial discrimination against Christians (ChristianityTodayOnline). blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2010/04/discrimination.html
- Foursquare Church Elects New President (CharismaNews). www.charismamag.com/index.php/news/28335
- Belarus: Officials claim church is damaging environment Ongoing campaign of persecution against charismatic church takes a new turn (Forum18). http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1452
- Calvin Smith, professor and author and contributor to Pneuma Foundation publications, comments on the Israeli-Gaza flotilla fiasco. www.calvinlsmith.com/2010/06/israel-and-flotilla-what-about-bigger.html
- Sri Lanka: Devastating flood: 500,000 homeless (Christian Aid). www.christianaid.org/Missionaries/MIR/mir20100527.aspx
- Religious Freedom: Stanley Carlson-Thies, Freedom of Worship or Freedom of Religion? A shift in US public policy regarding the free excercise of religion may have significant implications (Christian Leadership Alliance). http://www.christianleadershipalliance.org/?page=irfa_freedom
- Morocco: Deportations of Christians continues (MNN). www.mnnonline.org/article/14280
- Haiti: Indigenous Christian Ministries helping with recovery (Christian Aid). www.christianaid.org/Missionaries/MIR/mir20100604.aspx
- Afghanistan: US 'ally' calls for execution of Christians (MNN). www.mnnonline.org/article/14324
- Iraq: Iraqi Assyrian Christian Killed in 'Targeted Shooting' (ASSIST News Service). www.assistnews.net/Stories/2010/s10060060.htm
See other news to pray and praise God about in the Prayer Requests department below.
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Resources You Can Use
Introverted Pentecostal Pastor
John Lathrop, who has served the Lord as a missionary and pastor and contributes to Pneuma Foundation publications, writes:
A few weeks ago Adam McHugh, author of "Introverts in the Church," asked me to do an interview with him because I am an introverted Pentecostal pastor. Today he posted our interview. You can see it at the link below.
Risk Management at Church
G. Jeffrey MacDonald, "For Churches, How Much Risk Is Too Much?
For some leaders, taking steps to prevent disasters is a matter of faithfulness"
One of the Most Unique (and Engaging) Movies Ever Made - "Yai Wanonabalewa (The Enemy God)" has to be one of the most unique movies ever produced... and it's now been released on DVD. Originally conceived of by 2 Yanomamo leaders some 15 years ago, it is a dramatic feature (not a documentary). Yet - nearly every scene is based on actual historical events.
Because the government of Venezuela prevented the filming of the movie in that land, where the events occurred, the producers (10X Productions, led by a batch of former Caleb Project media specialists) enlisted the help of some 300 Kekchi tribesmen from southern Belize (many of whom have never before seen a movie - ever). This is a real-honest-to-goodness movie, shot on 35mm and Super16mm film (none of that fake digital stuff :-) ). To keep things real, the producers asked the Yanomamo leaders to be present during the entire filming -- to ensure accuracy. It took 47 days of filming. A significant portion of the proceeds from the film (50% in fact) will directly benefit Yanomamo communities in Amazonas, Venezuela. Producers faced a ton of challenges, including government opposition, local resistance, and even poisonous snakes, but still overcame all odds to bring us a story of spiritual warfare, animistic practices, and the dominance of native religion among South and Central American tribespeople.
Hear me well: This is an intense film. You will want to watch it first, before showing it to your junior church. In fact - you might want to watch it first before showing it anywhere. It is sometimes graphic, sometimes heart-wrenching, but always engaging. My advice for professors of seminary classes looking for something related to spiritual warfare, anthropology, world religions, and Cross-cultural communications: Run, don't walk, to order a copy. To anyone working in folk religions, you finally have an inside view to what goes on "inside their heads." I can't even put into words the "point of view" from which the story is told... because it seems to be totally Yanomamo... cross-cultural. I felt as if I was living inside the body of a Yanomamo tribesman. I spent much of my time fearing what might come next. Honest -- this movie is stirring. If you have a missionary working among tribal peoples, this will give you a new perspective on prayer and its potential to make a difference. Don't expect a heart-warming, feel-good story like something from a Disney kids' film. Expect to be sobered. Expect to experience a perspective you've never felt before.
Sold complete with a companion study guide and 53 key questions to rock your world, The Enemy God is available from the companion website: www.theenemygod.com
Source: Brigada Today 2010/04/18
Connecting missionaries with those that send them
We are writing to inform you of the launching of our new site, www.WorldMissions.TV. This is a Christian based site, which purposes to give a place where missionaries can inform of their work and remain connected with their churches, families and friends. It is the goal of www.WorldMissions.TV to offer an atmosphere where missions' videos can be watched by millions of people across the globe.
When missionaries make the sacrifice to go to the uttermost parts of the earth they sometimes experience a feeling of disconnect being on the other side of the world, but with the help of this site, missionaries are provided a collective experience. It allows the body of Christ to come together in unity to exalt His mission above all - saving eternal souls regardless of the cost, location, race, ethnicity, language or denomination.
We ask that you join together with us in sharing our unique missional experiences with those whom may never be able to go to the mission field and at the same time to those whom are called to missions or already on the field. It may be because of your uploaded video of enduring through the jungles of Indonesia to preach to a group of people who has never heard the gospel, that a person whom you never spoke with accepts the call for missions; or it possibly will be that your video provides the encouragement needed for a couple experiencing hardship.
Through this site you can share of your trails, your successes, the miracles you have witnessed in order that God be given the glory. We should not remain quite simply because some are in disbelief of the True resurrective power of God. In the words of the old children's song:
I'm going to shout it from the mountain tops
I want the world to know;
The Lord of love has come to me,
I want to pass it on.
And this is exactly what we are purposing through WorldMissions.TV. When people see the miracles and wonders of missions across the world, there is no other alternative than to cry:
"Holy, Holy, Holy"
"Santos, Santos, Santos"
"Svet, Svet, Svet"
Sincerely and In His Service,
Dony and Kathryn Donev
Cup and Cross Ministries International, Bulgaria
Interview with Ralph Carmichael
Jim Linzey, a long-time friend of the Pneuma Foundation, writes:
I would like to share this article regarding my visit with Ralph Carmichael. Please let me know how you like it.
James F. Linzey, DD
Chaplain (MAJOR), ARNG (Ret.)
President, Military Bible Association
Special Article: Jesus Manifesto
Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola
Read this special article at PneumaReview.com: Jesus Manifesto
Excerpts from THE PNEUMA REVIEW
THE PNEUMA REVIEW is a quarterly printed journal of ministry resources and theology for Pentecostal and charismatic ministries and leaders. For more information about THE PNEUMA REVIEW, and to learn how to subscribe, please visit: Introducing THE PNEUMA REVIEW. www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp
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Steve D. Eutsler, "Paradigm for Pentecostal Preaching"
From the Spring 2010 issue
Paradigm for Pentecostal Preaching
By Steve D. Eutsler
Read the full article at PneumaReview.com: Paradigm for Pentecostal Preaching
Steve D. Eutsler, D.Min. (Assemblies of God Theological Seminary), M.Div. (Assemblies of God Theological Seminary), M.A. Biblical Literature (Assemblies of God Theological Seminary), B.A. Bible (Central Bible College), is professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Global University in Springfield, Missouri. He has extensive experience as a pastor, evangelist, and educator and is the author of numerous articles and books.
Footnotes appear in the printed version of this article excerpt.
Read the rest of this article and many other articles in the Spring 2010 issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jspWarrington's HEALING AND SUFFERING, Reviewed by Tony Richie
From the Spring 2010 issue
Keith Warrington, Healing & Suffering: Biblical and Pastoral Reflections (Carlisle, UK/Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster, 2005), 219 pages, ISBN 9781842273418.
Read the review at PneumaReview.com: Keith Warrington: Healing & Suffering
Reviewed by Tony Richie
Tony Richie, D.Min, D.Th. (candidate), a bishop in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN), is pastor of New Harvest in Knoxville, TN and does adjunct teaching at Church of God Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN) and Church of God South American Seminary (Quito, Ecuador). He also serves the Society for Pentecostal Studies as liaison to the Interfaith Relations Committee of the National Council of Churches. His articles that have appeared in numerous Christian academic journals. www.pentecostalambassador.com
Read more reviews and other articles in the Spring 2010 issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp
- Jonathan Downie, a professional translator and contributor to Pneuma Foundation publications, has asked for prayer: "I have been accepted to do a PhD, starting from September this year. Please could you ask your readers to pray that I will gain sufficient funding to be able to accept the offer?"
- Turkmenistan continues to raid Protestants meeting for worship in different parts of the country. Pray for the persecuted church to stay strong. To read the full story from Forum18, "Turkmenistan: Worship without state registration 'illegal'" visit: www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1401.
In spite of this, we join with IBRA Media to praise God over their January 18 broadcast of the first Turkmen language Christian TV program. Pray that this program will effectively reach the Turkmen-speaking population of over 10 million people in Turkmenistan, Turkey and Iran. www.ibra.se/nyheter/MabutwaNyman.aspx
- Christians expelled from village in Pakistan. 250 Pakistani Christian families were ordered to leave their homes in Khanewal district, Punjab province in the beginning of June 2010. The order of the head of a Muslim village came after believers strongly objected to sexual assaults on girls and women by Muslims in the region. According to sources most of the village's Christian men work in the fields of Muslim land owners, while most of the Christian women and girls work as servants in the homes of Muslim families, where they are often abused. Christians are afraid to protect themselves by filing an official complaint, as complaint against Muslims often results in registering false charges against Christians under the "blasphemy" statutes in Pakistan.
Source: WEA Religious Liberty Prayer News, June 15, 2010
- Nakash, a friend of the ministry in Pakistan, asks us to join him in praying for the people of Okara, Pakistan. Reference Number: 90040520
- Uzbekistan: Threats, raids and violence against religious believers Three members of the unregistered Greater Grace Protestant Church have been given heavy fines in Samarkand in central Uzbekistan, Forum 18 News Service has learned. The fines followed a police raid on a private home, after which children and teenagers were illegally interrogated without their parents being present. A church member was also threatened with jail unless he confessed that he taught the Bible, which would have rendered him liable to prosecution for teaching religious doctrines without the permission of the state and a registered religious organisation. The church has been unsuccessfully seeking state registration since 2000. Church members also complained that the NSS secret police has been closely watching them recently. A Muslim refugee has also complained to the BBC of NSS attempts to recruit him as an informer. In a separate case, two Protestant women in eastern Uzbekistan are facing charges after a raid, and one of the women was beaten up when she refused to confess to missionary activity, a criminal offence in Uzbekistan.
- C.B. asks for prayer for her up-coming trip to China: "I will be teaching English seminars to Chinese Teachers of English. A colleague of mine and I will be serving a humanitarian organizaton beginning July 10-August 3. Please pray for health and wisdom and authenticity in my Christian witness."
- Pneuma Foundation President Recovering Well. Thank you to all who were praying for Jim Dettmann, Pneuma Foundation president, who is recovering well after a major surgery in February 2010. An unknown mass was removed from near his heart and he is doing well.
- Iranian Christians released. It took 14 months, but two Iranian Christian women have been acquitted of all the charges they were facing. 27-year-old Maryam Rostampour and 30-year-old Marzieh Amirizadeh were arrested in March 2009 on anti-state activities, propagation of the Christian faith, and apostasy. However, anti-state charges were dropped. www.mnnonline.org/article/14279
- Our condolences to the family of Stanford Linzey, a friend of the Pneuma Foundation, who passed away on February 4, 2010. Please read the tribute to Captain Stanford Linzey, Chaplain Corps, USN (Ret.), by his son Dr. James F. Linzey.