The June 2012 PNEUMA INFORMER
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- Book Review: Nicholas Perrin and Richard B. Hays, eds., "Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright." Reviewed by Amos Yong, from the Spring 2012 issue of The Pneuma Review. Added June 20, 2012.
- From the In Depth Resources index: "The Petersens and the Silesian Kinderbeten Revival" by Eric Swensson. Originally presented at the 2011 meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, this paper was added June 20, 2012 in anticipation of extensive excerpts appearing in the Summer 2012 issue of The Pneuma Review. Article is in PDF format, 65 KB.
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Reports from Around the World
Ethiopians come to Christ in droves after watching film
What happens when women are told for the first time that Christ loves them? Explosion. The Jesus Film Project has seen the film "Magdalena: Released from Shame" take off in Ethiopia. Women, who have often been ignored, are welcoming the Gospel with open arms. The Jesus Film Project planned to train 100 women to show the film in 3 years. But the demand is so great that in just six months, they've trained 564.
Source: Mission Network News, 29 February, 2012. http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16882
Spain: thousands profess Christ during evangelistic outreach
Laos: Imprisoned pastor set free after nearly 13 years
A pastor has been released from prison in Laos after being locked up for nearly 13 years because of his Christian activities.
Barnabas Fund www.barnabasfund.org reports that Bounchan Kanthavong was set free on February 2, having been arrested in June 1999 and then sentenced to twelve years in jail for treason and sedition.
Barnabas Fund says Bounchan's only "crimes" appear to have been receiving Bible training and sharing his faith with people who came into his clothing shop. Bounchan's witness led to around 70 people accepting Christ.
Bounchan had been introduced to Christianity in January 1997 when he spent the night with a Christian family while away on business. When he returned to his home in Vanghai village, Udomsai province, Bounchan began to spread his new faith. People came to his shop from other villages, keen to hear and embrace the Gospel.
According to Barnabas Fund, the Lao authorities repeatedly warned him to stop believing, practicing and spreading the Christian faith and ordered him to cease all worship activities at the shop.
In a media update, Barnabas Fund says: "They were concerned about people leaving the traditional Lao religion (spirit worship) and embracing what they consider a foreign religion, thus becoming loyal to a power other than the Lao authorities. Bounchan's actions were thus perceived as a threat to national security and interpreted as treason and sedition."
Bounchan is married with five children. Following his detention, his wife Sengkham took over the leadership of their Christian community, which has grown to more than 3,000 believers today.
Last April, the authorities told Bounchan that they were willing to release him if he renounced Christ and separated from Sengkham.
Barnabas Fund added: "But he clearly did not as his detention was prolonged. Bounchan's health, particularly his eyes, suffered during his time in jail, and his family struggled without his leadership and provision."
Source: Report by Michael Ireland, Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service. http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12030025.htm
T. D. Jakes moves away from Oneness view and embraces Trinitarianism
Iran: Explosive Growth of Christianity
USA: After a year-long battle, campus ministry must leave a Tennessee university
News and Headlines
After a year of conversations with school administration, campus ministries will leave Tennessee's Vanderbilt University. Trouble started when Vanderbilt created a policy requiring all campus groups to let anyone lead. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's Greg Jao says, "We always welcome everybody to be members. However, at the level of leadership, we think leadership needs to be reserved for people who share the mission, the values and the doctrinal beliefs of our group." So InterVarsity and others spoke up: "The Tennessee state legislature actually passed legislation that would have penalized Vanderbilt for this position. The governors vetoed that. So our response at this point is we do not believe we'll be recognized on campus in the fall." The controversy has given students the chance to talk about their faith. And InterVarsity will keep a presence, if perhaps more off campus. But this could be setting a precedent. "In the past two years, InterVarsity's presence on campus has been challenged in 41 colleges and universities. We think the pace of challenge will increase over time." InterVarsity has asked for our prayers.
Source: Adapted from Mission Network News, 8 June, 2012. http://www.mnnonline.org/article/17309
for Current News and Links
- Saudi Arabia: Ethiopian Christians arrested for meeting in a private home for prayer Saudi Arabian officials assault, strip search Christian prisoners. See also: To avoid international pressure, Christian prisoners accused of "mixing with opposite sex" (Persecution.org). www.persecution.org/2011/12/21/saudi-arabia-arrests-ethiopian-christians-for-mixing-with-opposite-sex
- Editorial: "'Safe sex' is a myth, & CDC stats prove it" "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released research it conducted on teenagers who participated in a study of 'unintended' pregnancies. An examination of the research reveals the idea of 'safe sex' is nothing more than a myth" (BaptistPress.com). www.bpnews.net/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=37061
- India: Unofficial Sharia court in Kashmir oppresses Christians and halts public ministry (MNN). www.mnnonline.org/article/16773
- Editorial: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, "The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World" "Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm." Why is the Western media reluctant to report on this growing catastrophe? The fate of Christianity and all religious minorities in the Islamic world is at stake (Newsweek). www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/02/05/ayaan-hirsi-ali-the-global-war-on-christians-in-the-muslim-world.html
- Laos: Officials Demand Christians Renounce their Faith (Christian Aid Mission). www.christianaid.org/Missionaries/MIR/mir20120303.aspx
- South Sudan: Sudan at war with South Sudan (MNN). www.mnnonline.org/article/17083
- India: Islamic Extremists Beat, Mock Christians One woman says, "Even though the radicals have beaten me many times and want to kill me, I will not leave Jesus. I will worship Him as long as I live on this earth" (Charisma News). http://charismanews.com/world/33213-islamic-extremists-beat-mock-christians-in-india
- China: Communist government works its plan to eliminate all unregistered house churches (Compass Direct). www.compassdirect.org/english/country/china/article_1517450.html
- Mali: Christians forced to flee northern Mali Churches have been burned and Christians attacked following the collapse of government forces in the north after the March 2012 military coup. More than 200,000 have been displaced. According to one source, "Horrible crimes have been made against the population--massacres, rape of women, obligation to wear the veil, chasing Christians" (ChristianToday). www.christiantoday.com/article/christians.forced.to.flee.northern.mali/29746.htm
- North Korea: Helping hands and safe houses give hope to fleeing refugees (MNN). www.mnnonline.org/article/17316
- USA: Survey: Majority of Christians hate Christian TV (Christian Today). http://global.christianpost.com/news/majority-of-christians-hate-christian-tv-survey-finds-76226
- Pentecostals Growing With Church Plants (CharismaNews). http://charismanews.com/us/33103-pentecostals-growing-with-church-plants
- Pakistan: Churches growing despite persecution (CharismaNews). http://charismanews.com/world/32909-pakistans-pentecost
- Hindu priest and 300 others turn away from death goddess toward Christ (MNN). http://www.mnnonline.org/article/17226
- USA: Abortion Groups Alarmed at Growing Pro-Life Support (CBN News). http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2012/May/Abortion-Groups-Alarmed-at-Growing-Pro-Life-Support
- Two pastors set on fire in Kenya (MNN). http://www.mnnonline.org/article/17212
- Indonesia: Government supports church closures (JakartaGlobe). http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lawandorder/church-row-a-dark-time-for-aceh/516998
- Condolences: Grant Jeffreys dies (CharismaNews). http://www.charismanews.com/us/33398-grant-jeffrey-dies-after-sudden-seizure
- Prodigal Son Message Wins Thousands of Souls in Ghana (CharismaNews). http://www.charismanews.com/world/33362-prodigal-son-message-wins-thousands-of-souls-in-ghana
- USA: Groupon discontinues promoting pornography after boycott (CharismaNews). http://www.charismanews.com/us/33545-groupon-boycott-sees-online-coupon-giant-nix-porn
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Excerpt from "The Third Wave" by Henry I. Lederle
From the Spring 2012 issue
An excerpt from:
"The Third Wave: New Independent Charismatic Churches"
Part 2 of 2
A Right to Healing?
Read the full article: http://pneumareview.com/hlederle-third-wave-2/
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This is part of chapter six from Henry I. Lederle, Theology with Spirit: The Future of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century (Tulsa: Word & Spirit Press, 2010). Used with permission.
Henry I. Lederle, Theology with Spirit: The Future of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century.
Tulsa: Word & Spirit Press, 2010. x + 246 pp.; bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-0-9819526-3-5.
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Henry I. Lederle, D.Th. (University of South Africa) and M.A. (University of Orange Free State), is Professor of Theology and Ministry at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. He is the author of Treasures Old and New: Interpretations of Spirit-Baptism in the Charismatic Renewal Movement (Hendrickson, 1988) and several collections of essays, articles and reviews.
Read more articles in the Spring 2012 issue of THE PNEUMA REVIEW www.pneumafoundation.org/intro_pr.jspJESUS, PAUL AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD, Reviewed by Amos Yong
From the Spring 2012 issue
Nicholas Perrin and Richard B. Hays, eds., Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2011), 294 pages.
Read the full review: http://pneumareview.com/jesus-paul-people-of-god-ayong/
Reviewed by Amos Yong
Preview Jesus, Paul and the People of God:
Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he also is director of the PhD in Renewal Studies program. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary and Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate degree from Bethany University of the Assemblies of God. He is the author of numerous papers and books including Afro-Pentecostalism: Black Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in History and Culture (New York University Press, 2011), Who is the Holy Spirit: The Acts of the Spirit, the Apostles, and Empire (Paraclete Press, 2011), The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination (Eerdmans, 2011), and The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God (Eerdmans, 2011). For a full list of publications, see regent.edu/acad/schdiv/faculty_staff/faculty/yong.cfm
- Pastor Harun writes: "Praise God. I am Pastor Harun from Kenya, Africa. Please for me that God may provide finances for me to be able to join a bible college in the USA. God bless you." Reference Number: 90047972
- Praying for the Beja People: The Beja are an unreached people group living in Egypt (83,000), Eritrea (211,000), and Sudan (1,930,000). They are 99.99% Islamic and in desperate need of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A traditionally pastoral people, they are sometimes aloof and withdrawn. They still follow a nomadic lifestyle centered around herding and are best known as camel traders, moving up and down the Red Sea area. Most Beja are not devout Muslims, but rather practice a "folk Islam," blending Islamic faith with their traditional beliefs. Thank God, it has been reported that in 1991, after centuries of darkness, a small response to the gospel began anew among the Beja. You can join Brother Jerry in praying for the Beja and other Islamic Rim peoples on the Link-Up Africa website. http://www.linkupafrica.com/peoples/rim/beja
Source: Adapted from Intercessory Prayer Call, March 2012. Used with permission.
- In the July 2011 Pneuma Informer, it was reported that C.J. Mahaney had taken a leave of absence from Sovereign Grace Ministries (see http://www.pneumafoundation.org/pi.jsp?pi=/2011/pi_07_2011.xml#N65632). At the end of January 2012, it was reported that he has been reinstated. We praise God for his ministry of reconciliation and restoration. http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2012/01/sovereign_grace.html
- Congratulations to Jonathan Downie and his wife on the birth of their first child, Joshua Isaac Downie. Jonathan is a professional translator that has contributed to the publications of the Pneuma Foundation.
- Condolences to the family and friends of Laurie Carrin, who went home to be with the Lord on March 25, 2012. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles Carrin, who has been a contributor to the publications of the Pneuma Foundation.