This week, I came across a newer online resource. It’s an online journal that particularly provides ministry resources and theological articles for Pentecostals and charismatics. It’s entitled The Pneuma Review, pneuma being the Greek word for spirit.
The Pneuma Review lays forth their mission statement in this way:
“To lead Pentecostal/charismatic believers to a greater understanding of God’s Word and assisting church leaders in equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. We also long for greater dialogue between Evangelicals about doctrine, and by way of an open forum, to promote Biblically-centered theological discussion on the gifts of the Spirit.”
I ultimately came across it when I saw a tweet about Craig Keener’s review of Strange Fire, the new release of John MacArthur, which flows in tandem with the recent conference. Continue reading
In light of a recent conference (I share here and here), I’ve been blogging a bit more about various issues on continuationist-charismatic theology: the belief that all gifts of God are still available today, just as they were for the early church we read about in the New Testament.
So I thought I would list 20 books that might be worth reading. They are not in any particular order of what I consider best. Rather, they are in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.
Some of them are commentary-like. Some of them are theologically driven. Some of them are more devotional. Some of them provide testimonies. And some of them are a conglomeration of these categories.
I hope they provide some good food for thought. This is pretty similar to the books listed on our Resources page. Continue reading
About 6 weeks ago, I had been a bit worn out with blogging and trying to stay up on all the theological banter of the day, both in reading and blogging. So I took a short break from blogging and also stayed away from more ‘theological’ reading and instead read more devotionally, as well as started the Bible in 90 Days plan (which I will probably finish in 120 days).
One more devotional type book I purchased was Bill Johnson’s Strengthen Yourself in the Lord. Johnson is the lead-senior pastor of Bethel Church, based in Redding, California. Johnson and Bethel are high on the list in Christian charismatic circles, also giving us great worship leaders and team such as Brian & Jenn Johnson and Jesus Culture. Yet, for some non-charismatics, Johnson and Bethel are problematic, to use a nicer word.
But here was a practical book with its main thesis based in the words of 1 Sam 30:6 – But David found strength in the Lord his God.
I recently posted about a new book I have begun reading, a book on the modern-day ministry of apostles authored by British church leader, David Devenish – Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission: Restoring the Role of Apostle in Today’s Church. Remember, I am one of those guys (not the only one) who believes this role (along with all ministries spoken of in Eph 4:11-13) to be very important in seeing the people of God equipped for works of ministry and preparing them to move towards maturity. At least that’s how Paul articulates it in Eph 4.
I’ve been spending time here lately on To Be Continued sharing why I believe this ministry (yes, ministry, not so much ‘office’ or ‘position’) is still active today. But as I was reading Devenish’s book, he brought out two points that I never really considered before as to why apostles would exist today, or post-first century. They are not major, eye-openers as to solve the debate that might exist for some Christians. Nevertheless, I thought I would share those two points below and then encourage you to read my series here at the blog. Continue reading
Yes, I am the nut case who believes apostles still exist today. I’m even posting a series here at To Be Continued, of which I am about half-way through. I recently posted considering the apostles that actually existed in New Testament times (there were more than we think!).
In the near future, I am writing a paper for the churches I work with, and one major point I will consider is the nature of apostolic ministry today. And so I was specifically made aware of a new book that came out this past summer entitled Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission: Restoring the Role of Apostle in Today’s Church. Continue reading