Some Reflections on the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements, Part 1

Note: This article is reprinted from The Faith Pulpit (January 2001), a publication of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA).

by George Houghton, Th.D.

Glass DoveI. Their Distinctive

While there are many beliefs held by Pentecostals and Charismatics, the one which is held in common among them and which distinguishes them from others is the belief that the supernatural spiritual gifts evident in New Testament times ought to be practiced today, including tongues, miracles, healings, and prophecy.

II. Their Heritage

The modern Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements are of fairly recent origin. While certain phenomena might have been observed occasionally in the later 1800s, the movement itself did not begin until the early 1900s, with the first of three distinct waves.
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Book Review: New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics

McGrath, Gavin, Walter Campbell Campbell-Jack and C. Stephen Evans, eds. New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics. Leicester, England: Inter-Varsity Press; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006. cloth, xx + 779 pages. $45.00
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ISBNs: 0830824510 / 9780830824519 / 1844740935 / 9781844740932

Subject: Apologetics
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Courageous Femininity in an Emasculated Culture, Part 2

The Biblical Challenge of Being a Strong Woman in a Weak Man’s World

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Deborah’s Story—Judges 4 and 5

Strong WomanThe biblical Deborah is relevant to today’s Christian woman because she symbolizes strong and courageous femininity in a culture of weak and fearful men. Deborah’s times and our times are similar. The eminent historian, Jacques Barzun, has pointed out that in times of decadence there is a “loss of nerve,” and this was the milieu in which Deborah lived. Decadence had broken down the moral fiber of men and women in Israel. Of all the judges mentioned in the Book of Judges, Deborah is the most virtuous. She lived and served with virtuous faith practically alone in an environment full of men who had simply buckled their knees to the oppression of the enemy. The people of Israel had rejected the Law of Moses by living in flagrant immorality and were now obsequiously serving people they had been called to destroy. Without virtue, therefore without spine.
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Christian Cultural Literacy

In The Nick of TimeNote: This article is a reprint of an essay published on June 24, 2005.

I recently had a chance to discuss the topic of Supreme Court nominations with a young woman who was studying for a career in law. Some of the terms we used included confirmation hearings, Senate committee, Federal Appeals Panel, separation of powers, checks and balances, and Chappaquiddick. In order to carry on our conversation, we both had to know what these terms meant. We also had to know that the other person knew what the terms meant. To complicate matters, these are not the sort of expressions that can be found in just any reference tool (try to find a dictionary that will give you the connotation of Chappaquiddick).

This conversation illustrates an important point: for communication to occur, both parties need to know more than definitions of words and rules of syntax. They must also share a certain amount of information, and share it in such an easy way that they may call upon it without having consciously to reference it. This shared information puts much of the color into their conversation. It provides the powerful images and the delicate nuances without which communication shades toward tedium and, eventually, incoherence.
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Getting What You Inspect

The Value of Spiritual Accountability

By all appearances, the pastor and his ministry were thriving. New people were visiting, members were growing in their walk with the Lord, and missions was an exciting arm of the church. There was no sign of any problem. Months later, though, the mask was ripped off, and the pastor’s consistent moral failure was revealed. A missionary was spending thousands of Magnifying Glasssupport dollars on lavish personal conveniences. A church member disguised his spiritual apathy and lack of devotion to his wife through years of performance in church events. How do these and many other sinful choices go on for so long without being noticed? While each person is responsible for his own actions, many spiritual battles can be won through loving accountability.
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The Shack, a Review

Note: This review has been reprinted with permission from the author. For a printer-friendly PDF version of this review, click here. The Shack

The Shack is the unlikeliest of success stories. The first and only book written by a salesman from Oregon, it was never supposed to be published. William P. Young wrote the tale for the benefit of his children and after its completion in 2005, it was copied and bound at Kinko’s in time for him to give it to his children for Christmas.

Shortly after he completed the book, Young showed the manuscript to Wayne Jacobsen, a former pastor who had begun a small publishing company. After the manuscript was rejected by other publishers, Jacobsen and his co-publisher Brad Cummings decided to publish it themselves under the banner of Windblown Media.

The three men, with only a $300 marketing budget at their disposal, began a word-of-mouth campaign to let people know about the book. The rest, as they say, is history.
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