The April 2006 PNEUMA INFORMER
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What's New at www.PneumaFoundation.org
Why so few graphics?
Have you noticed that www.PneumaFoundation.org does not have many heavy graphics, animated clipart, or flashy video presentations? One of the greatest reasons for this is to allow our international visitors the ability to browse the site without tremendous wait or unnecessary and unwanted features. It is the goal of the web team to provide great content to our visitors, fulfilling our mission of offering sound biblical teaching to Pentecostal/charismatic believers and a forum to discuss the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We hope you agree that this goal is more important than foofy graphics (as nice as they might look).
Here is one testimony from an international Christian worker: "... Now living in Africa, I have greater appreciation for the pleas I had often heard from residents in Africa requesting that the missions community reduce the size of emails, use less graphics on websites, do not send unsolicited attachments, and do not require web use. Internet and phone service here is very slow and expensive. In South Africa, for example, I have 'unlimited' web access. However, the phone company charges me by the second to use the phone line even for a local number. When traveling in other African countries it can be even worse. I once paid $5 to load the weekly update to my anti-virus software. Obviously, I am not keen to be online for unsubscribing to something I did not request. Thanks for hearing the perspective from another continent!" (this note reprinted from Brigada Today 2006/03/31)
The Pneuma Foundation web team would like to say "Thank you!" to all of those that send notes of encouragement and suggestions about www.PneumaFoundation.org. It is a real joy to us to know that our efforts are making a difference. We are so glad to be helping people that are serving the Lord Jesus and making his love known around the world.
New Articles, Links, and other FeaturesArticles from the PNEUMA REVIEWNew Featured 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
- "Lessons from a Lion" by Glenn E. Davis. Prophets with no names, lions that do not clean their plates, altars that split without an axe and a king with an arm that looks like a raisin: all these elements contribute to an intriguing and sometimes baffling story found in First Kings 13. Online article added April 21, 2006. http://www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=/ LessonsLion.xml
Highlighting Some Great Content
- The Pneuma Foundation is pleased to be constantly adding 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
- Pentecostal/charismatic movement today: "Grading the Movement" a Christianity Today interview with Derrick Hutchins, J. Lee Grady, and Russell Spittler. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/004/10.38.html
- Our Anti-Intellectual Heritage" by Rick M. Nanez. 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. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/113/43.0.html
See also: "Full Gospel's Fractured Thinking" The problems with shunning the life of the mind. Rob Moll interviews Rick M. Nanez. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/113/43.0.html
- 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). http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/115/43.0.html
- Christian History: "Turning Point: The Crowning of Charlemagne" by Patrick Henry Reardon http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/2006/001/13.46.html
- "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) http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/004/7.30.html
- Jewish Encyclopedia contains the complete 12-volume Jewish Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906, now in the public domain. Suggested by Kevin W. http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com
- "The Origins of the Pentecostal Movement" by Vinson Synan. Educator and historian Vinson Synan introduces us to the key events and individuals that led to the modern Pentecostal/charismatic movement. Printed in the Fall 2000 issue of the PNEUMA REVIEW, you may read the full article on the Oral Roberts University Holy Spirit Research Center website. http://www.oru.edu/university/library/holyspirit/pentorg1.html
Reports from Around the World
Worldwide Growth of the Pentecostal/charismatic Movement
A special report from Charles Carrin
Eighty percent of Protestant church growth world-wide is now among Christians who believe in the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Of the world's 2 billion Christians, one-quarter - or 500,000,000 - now believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the fullness of His gifts. The Catholic Church in Latin America, which has sovereignly been invaded by Renewal, is in a desperate attempt to stop the loss of millions of members to Charismatic-Pentecostal Churches. Conservative opinions estimate that some 20,000 Latin American Catholics convert daily to Evangelical congregations. One-third of the population of Guatemala has already converted; in Venezuela, it is one-fourth. In Bogota, Colombia, one young Charismatic Church has more than 100,000 members - all former Catholics. Chile's Jotabeche Church claims more than 350,000. In Peru, one of the Presidential Candidates is pastor of a Full Gospel Church in Lima. (I preached to this wonderful congregation.) Before his death in Argentina, Pastor Omar Cabrera, served a congregation of more than a quarter-million.
These Latin believers have discovered the Holy Spirit's wonderful presence and are rushing to get under the anointing. Latin America, which, in 1900, probably had less than 50,000 Protestants, today has some 100,000,000. The current Revival is impacting more people than Luther did in the Reformation. In 1997, Catholic Bishops from North and South America met for a month-long Synod in Rome to study the crisis. But the flow of converts cannot be stopped; the balance of power has already shifted. Traditional Catholic and Protestant denominations will either change or decline. Of the 500 fastest growing churches in North America more than 450 are not members of mainline denominations.
Source: Gentle Conquest March 2006, from Charles Carrin Ministries. Used with permission.
Upheaval in Nigeria
News Bulletin (from ChristianityTodayOnline):
"Nigerian Archbishop Demands Justice" Peter Akinola affirms warning to government and Muslims, fires back on the Western press. (April 20, 2006)
Professor Craig S. Keener responds: http://pneumareview.com/upheaval-in-nigeria
North Korea: why prayer is needed
Soon Ok Lee worshipped Kim jong-Il in North Korea. Today she is a follower of Jesus Christ devoted to prayer and advocacy for North Korea.
While it is horrific, sickening and distressing to read (and not for children), the testimony of North Korean prison camp survivor Soon Ok Lee is a powerful reminder of why prayer for North Korea is imperative. Soon Ok Lee's testimony was given before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary on 21 June 2002. Everything she describes is supported by testimonies from other survivors, including former prison officers.
If you choose to read this disturbing testimony, do so remembering that an estimated 100,000 Christians are today existing in the conditions she describes.
Source: adapted from World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin - RLP 375 April 06 Update.
Helping with Reports
The PNEUMA INFORMER editor is looking for volunteers that could help gather and format reports for publication in this email newsletter. If you would be interested in helping with this, or if you have a one-time suggestion of an encouraging story or report of what God is doing in the world, please write to the INFORMER editor by using the email address found on the Contact Us page.
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Articles from the Spring 2006 issue of the PNEUMA REVIEW
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From "Rightly Understanding God's Word: The Reader's Social Location" by Craig S. Keener
Read the full article on PneumaReview.com: http://pneumareview.com/rightly-understanding-gods-word-the-readers-social-location/.
Craig S. Keener, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament at Eastern Seminary. He is the author of ten books, including Gift & Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today (Baker Academic, 2001), and is married to Dr. Medine Moussounga Keener.
- Pray for Christians in Egypt: On Friday 14 April, 17 worshippers were wounded when three churches in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria were attacked by knife- wielding Islamic militants. One assailant attacked two churches, another attacked a third church, and police foiled a fourth attack.
One believer, Nushi Atta Girgis (78), later died in hospital. The next day, mourners at his funeral protested outside the church for more government action and security. Muslims retaliated, stormed the police guard, and clashes ensued. A Muslim man was killed. On Sunday 16 April, police had to use tear gas to disperse thousands of emotional Muslims and Christians engaged in sectarian clashes.
In Cairo on Sunday 16 April, a knife-bearing Muslim was arrested trying to enter a church during the Coptic Palm Sunday service. The government is denying sectarian tensions and trying to cover them up. Please pray for the Church in Egypt.
Source: World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin - No. 374 - Wed 19 Apr 2006
- Pray for disciples of Jesus in India: India's Hindu nationalists are working hard to return their political arm, the BJP, to power in the next federal election in 2009. They are aggressively targeting India's traditionally animist tribal populations for conversion to militant Hindu nationalism, simply for political gain. A mass conversion campaign will be held 8-10 April in Orissa. The Hindu nationalists are also targeting Christians and Christian missions whom they perceive to be their greatest threat. Thus Emmanuel Mission International is being severely persecuted. Some 60% to 70% of India's 25 million Christians are Dalits ("untouchables") and are marginalized in poverty by appalling discrimination: as a "scheduled caste" Dalits qualify for affirmative action - unless they are Christians (or Muslims). The Supreme Court will be ruling soon for or against their equal rights. Please pray for God to bless India.
Source: adapted from World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin - RLP 372 "India: Conversion, Persecution & Discrimination" Wed 05 Apr 2006
- Pastor Tony Richie, a contributing writer to Pneuma Foundation publications, wrote on April 14: "Keep us in prayer. I'm preaching a revival at a local church in Memphis (TN) for a pastor friend of mine right now. We've had 9 saved and 26 baptized in the Spirit in 2 weeks of services! PTL!"
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