The June 2007 PNEUMA INFORMER
In this issue
What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.orgNew Online Articles
New Links and Content Worth Noticing
- Numerous articles are available on the Online Articles index. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/web_article_archive.jsp
- "Six Ways The Holy Spirit Will Communicate With You" by Charles Carrin. Hearing God is one of the most important privileges followers of Jesus can know. Added June 26, 2007. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/article_0079.xml
- Book Review: David J. Hesselgrave, Paradigms in Conflict: 10 Key Questions in Christian Missions Today (Kregel, 2005). Reviewed by James A. Borland. As appearing in the Spring 2007 issue of the PNEUMA REVIEW.
- In Depth Review: Web Exclusive Review: Bill Hull, Straight Talk on Spiritual Power (Baker Books, 2002). Reviewed by Robert W. Graves. Added June 11, 2007. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/BHull-StraightTalk-RGraves.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
- "The Cost of Christian Education: Getting schooled in the faith is more unnerving than I care to admit." By Mark Galli (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/mayweb-only/122-43.0.html
- Living for Jesus Today: "Meditating Like a Dog" by Eugene Peterson, on the discipline of spiritual reading. An excerpt from Eat This Book. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/mayweb-only/122-44.0.html
- 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. http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/article_weakness_bauckham.html
Reports from Around the World
Nigeria: Fourteen-thousand come to Christ
(MNN) - One million Idoma people in Nigeria are now governed by a Christian chief. It is custom to stand and sit as the chief does and kneel before him when addressing him. That is exactly what Brett from the JESUS Film Project did as he shared the Gospel with the chief. "After I shared Christ with him, the chief asked for me to write down the prayer, how to pray to receive Christ. The pastors we were working with were very ecstatic; they had told me that meant that he wanted to go pray to receive Christ, kind of in private." The rest of the village was able to see the JESUS Film, and 14,000 Idoma people accepted Christ. The new believers will be cared for by local pastors and JESUS Film workers. "They are able to do the follow up and to train, and to disciple new believers. And the new believers are able to get plugged into local churches." Nigeria is generally very nominal. Pray that the chief will begin to rule in a Godly way and that the Idoma people would persevere in their faith.
Source: Mission Network News, 8 June, 2007. Full story: http://mnn.gospelcom.net/article/10002
Eritrea: Police arrest more Christians
News and Headlines
(MNN) - Twenty Christians, including some young children, were arrested by Eritrean security forces in late May. As of June 13, their whereabouts remains unknown. Voice of the Martyrs' Todd Nettleton explains the concern. "It's not uncommon in the sense that a church was raided, but it is uncommon that they took these children into custody as well. What danger, what threat could these Christian children be to the Eritrean government or to the nation?" This year marks five years since the government closed all the churches in Eritrea. Since then, two thousand believers have been taken into custody. Persecution is intensifying, with deaths now being reported along with detainment. But the church, Nettleton says, is ready. "They will respond to this courageously as they have responded to all of the persecution that they have faced in the last five years. They will go forward. They would ask the church in the free world to pray for them and to lift them up."
Source: Mission Network News, June 13, 2007. Full story: http://mnn.gospelcom.net/article/10016
for Current News and Links
- Australia: Muslim vilification case settled Christians remain concerned how this "hate" law is or could be enforced. "It has everything to do with 'Was somebody's feelings hurt?' That's obviously a pretty low standard when you're talking about enforcing a law." (MNN). http://www.mnnonline.org/article/10065
- Iraq: Gang frees kidnapped Christians (Compass Direct). http://www.compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=4920
- Obituary: Ruth Bell Graham Dies at 87 "Billy Graham's wife of nearly 64 years was a distinguished communicator of God's power and peace in her own right" (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/juneweb-only/124-43.0.html
- India: Hindu mob beats, strips, parades pastor During assault, they douse him with kerosene and toss burning Bible at him. Complicit Bangalore police do not respond in this "Silicion Valley of India" (Compass Direct). http://compassdirect.org/en/display.php?page=news&lang=en&length=long&idelement=4903
- Editorial: "Keep Fighting the Good Fight Against HIV/AIDS" by Deborah Dortzbach. More funding from the U.S. government calls attention to the effectiveness of church-based efforts (ChristianityTodayOnline). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/juneweb-only/123-52.0.html
See other news to pray and praise God about in the Prayer Requests department below.
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We are looking for stories about what God is doing in the world, reports about the persecution of Christians, and information about significant trends and ministry opportunities. If you have a news item to report, please send an email to the PNEUMA INFORMER. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/contactus.jsp
Resources You Can Use
Great God debate
Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt devoted his entire three-hour show on June 5 to a dialogue between Christopher Hitchens (author of god is Not Great) and Mark D. Roberts (author of Can We Trust the Gospels?).
View the transcript of the debate: http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/Transcript_Page.aspx?ContentGuid=2fbc257d-4761-43ff-adfd-279a3e01f69b
Download all three segments: http://www.townhall.com/TalkRadio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=5 - look for programs from "June 5"
To read a portion of Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, point your internet browser to: http://www.gnpcb.org/assets/products/excerpts/9781581348668.1.pdf
Mark D. Roberts is senior pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church and blogs daily at www.markdroberts.com | Read his post-debate response to Hitchens here: http://www.markdroberts.com/htmfiles/resources/godisnotgreat.htm
Source: Press release from Crossway Books & Bibles www.crossway. com
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From "Following Christ's Example: A Biblical View of Discipleship" by Don Williams
From the series, The Power of the Cross: The Biblical Place of Healing and Gift-Based Ministry in Proclaiming the Gospel
Read the full article at PneumaReview.com: Following Christ's Example
Don Williams (as of 1992) is Senior Pastor of the Coast Vineyard Christian Fellowship in La Jolla, near San Diego, California, USA. He received an M.Div. from Princeton Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey and a Ph.D. (New Testament) from Columbia University. He has held teaching posts at Claremont College (Professor of Religion), Claremont, California and at Fuller Seminary (Adjunct Professor of New Testament), Pasadena, California. He was a pastor for many years at Hollywood Presbyterian Church and also pastored Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church in La Jolla near San Diego. He has written several books, including Signs, Wonders and the Kingdom of God (Servant).
Endnotes appear in the full issue. Read the rest of this article in the Summer 2007 issue of the PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jspBook Review: Approaching The Heart Of Prophecy
Graham Cooke, Approaching The Heart Of Prophecy: A Journey Into Encouragement, Blessing And Prophetic Gifting (Winston-Salem, NC: Punch Press, 2006), 282 pages.
Read the review on PneumaReview.com: http://pneumareview.com/graham-cooke-approaching-the-heart-of-prophecy
Reviewed by John Lathrop
John Lathrop, M.A. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies (formerly the Christian Church of North America). John currently serves as a pastor at the Christian Pentecostal Church of Newton, Massachusetts.
Read more reviews and articles from the Summer 2007 issue of the PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jsp
- Belarus: Pentecostal church raided. Ten state officials raided the Pentecost service of John the Baptist Pentecostal Church in the capital Minsk on Pentecost Sunday (May 27). Pastor Antoni Bokun was arrested, held overnight at a police station and fined 20 times the minimum monthly wage for holding an "unsanctioned mass meeting", Forum 18 News Service has learned. The church - which has state registration - has been refused permission to rent premises for public worship, so has to meet in a private home. Local lawyer Sergei Lukanin told Forum 18 that Pastor Bokun told the court he had broken the law only because it went against the law of God. Fellow church member Jaroslaw Lukasik, a Polish citizen married to a Belarusian, who faces deportation in early June, was also held for several hours. Although he did not preach at the service, he faces administrative charges on accusations of conducting unauthorized religious activity as a foreign citizen and hence violating laws on the presence of foreign citizens in Belarus. Pray for Christians in Belarus.
Source: adapted from Forum 18 News Service http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=964
- Pray for Christians defying a brutal purge in frontier Pakistan: In Pakistan's highly Islamized and lawless Northwestern frontier province which borders Afghanistan, Islamic militants have ordered Christians in Charsadda to close their churches and flee. Any who stay and do not convert to Islam will "suffer the consequences." Some families have reportedly fled, but others amongst the 600 believers have vowed to defy the terrorists, stay and not convert.
On 9 May, Pakistan's National Assembly considered the Apostasy Act 2006 which, on the testimony of only two "witnesses," would condemn male apostates (one who leaves Islam) to death and female apostates to imprisonment for life or until "repentance." While the Apostasy Act was passed and referred to the standing committee, proposed amendments to the notorious Blasphemy Law were rejected. Please pray for God's intervention in Pakistan.
Source: adapted from World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin - RLP 429 | Pakistan: Christians Defying Purge in NW Frontier Province
- Pastor Tembo in Zambia writes: "Pray that we may find partners to work with in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The partners may be individual Christians, ministries, or church organizations that are willing to work with us." Reference number: 90028739
- Iraq: Dire need for safe haven from genocide. An Iraq observer recently said: "Unless something is done and quickly, the lasting legacy of this war will be the genocide of the Christians and other minorities of Iraq." That is no exaggeration.
The Christian districts of Iraq's major cities, Baghdad and Al-Basrah, have been ethnically and religiously cleansed by Sunni and Shiite hostility and by a targeted al-Qaeda campaign. Christians still there are being extorted and terrorized by both local and foreign mujahideen. Most of Iraq's remnant and displaced Christians are now in the relatively safer northern Iraq. However security is deteriorating fast there too. On 3 May Fr Ragheed Ganni (35) and his three young sub-deacons left Mosul's Church of the Holy Spirit after celebrating mass with their congregation. Islamic militants ambushed their car and murdered them all. Please pray.
Source: World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin - RLP 432 | Iraq: Dire need for safe haven from genocide
- A Pneuma Foundation member writes: "I am a pastor from Calvary Church in Myanmar [formerly known as Burma]. Recently, our church sent us to Malaysia for mission work among Myanmar people in Malaysia. I started mission work by home cell meeting, now I have seven home cell meetings in different places. Already two Buddhists from Myanmar accepted our Lord Jesus Christ, praise the Lord!
"I started mission work on 17 May, 2007, and I plan to stay at least five years. I would like to get your prayer for this ministry. There are a lot of Myanmar Buddhist people working in Malaysia and it is good opportunity to share the Gospel. No one in Myanmar is permitted to share the Gospel freely. Now I can share and they are listening. Those that are already Christian are introduced to the Baptism of Holy Spirit, as most Christians have not been taught the truth to accept the Holy Spirit.
"So, I am doing Myanmar ministry in Malaysia land. Please keep me in your prayers. In Christ, LVBB"
- Congratulations to Peter Althouse who is taking the position of Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology in the Department at Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida. Professor Althouse has been contributing to the publications of the Pneuma Foundation for years, and you may find some of his articles on the In Depth Resources index http://www.pneumafoundation.org/resources/in_depth.jsp and in the PNEUMA REVIEW http://www.pneumafoundation.org/pr_archive.jsp
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