• Review of Maynard-Reid’s Complete Evangelism: The Luke-Acts Model

    Title: Complete Evangelism: The Luke-Acts Model Author: Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid Publisher: Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1997 Release Date: Feb. 1, 1997 Pages: 176 pp., pb. In his discussion of evangelism, Maynard-Reid shifts attention from Matthew to Luke-Acts, arguing that Luke's evangelistic model is more holistic than Matthew's and more attentive to social concerns. The shift illuminates both Luke-Acts and contemporary discussion of evangelism, particularly as it relates to social action. Maynard-Reid includes a historical overview in which he argues that separation between evangelism and social action is a recent innovation, but he devotes the bulk of the book to a reading of Luke-Acts that grounds his call for a "contextual and incarnational" missiology. The book is accessible to a general audience and will appeal to readers with an interest in New Testament interpretation as well as those with an interest in evangelism. - Steve Schroeder   Reviewer: Robert P. Menzies teaches New Testament at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (Baugio City, Philippines) Book Review: 3,353 words Complete Evangelism: A Review Article In Complete Evangelism: The Luke-Acts Model, Pedrito U….


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  • Review of John C. Nugent, Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church

    Title: Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church Author: John C. Nugent Genre: Theology Publisher: Cascade Books Release Date: 2016 Pages: 244 Synopsis: For centuries, Christians sought to rescue people from this world. Today, we're trying to fix it. While this shift is helpful in some ways, in other ways it can be quite dangerous. Endangered Gospel flips the script on this conversation by stressing the core gospel truth that rather than ushering in a new world through social activism, God's people already are the new world in Christ. It's not our job to make this world a better place, but to be the better place God has already made in this world. That's good news! If we let go of this truth, we become servants of the world and not God. We also lose the great joy and abundant life that God intended us to have in community. Jesus himself said that the world will know we are Christians by our love for one another--not the fervor of our activism. Social action makes us feel relevant and alive, but it can't be the center of our new life in Christ. Endangered Gospel explores how we might enthusiastically embrace the social dimensions of the gospel without divorcing them from the church or forcing them on the world. Read this book, hear the gospel story afresh, and embrace the good news of God's kingdom! By Robert P. Menzies – This provocative and stimulating book highlights the central role that the church plays in God’s redemptive plan. Nugent brilliantly retells the biblical story, from creation…


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  • Signs and Wonders, Then and Now: Miracle-working, commissioning and discipleship

    Title: Signs and Wonders, Then and Now: Miracle-Working, Commissioning and Discipleship Author: by Keith J. Hacking Publisher: Nottingham: Apollos/IVP Release Date: 2006 Pages: 301 Source: ISBN 9781844741496   Synopsis: ‘Signs and wonders’, such as healing and exorcisms, are characteristic emphases associated with the ‘Third Wave’ of contemporary charismatic renewal, which has been particularly influential in the church, across the denominations and around the world. Exponents of such emphases claim to reflect a model for Christian discipleship that they find presented in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts by Jesus and his followers, in which ‘signs and wonders’ are normative for the church today. Keith Hacking's contention is that Third Wave commentators too often fail to grapple adequately with important historical, literary and theological issues that arise from the biblical text. From an engaging and thorough analysis of the relevant material in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, he offers an approach that more accurately reflects the evidence and that, therefore, is more appropriate for informing contemporary theology and practice.   Reviewed by Robert P. Menzies, Kunming, China. In 1970 James Dunn published his widely influential critique of Pentecostal theology, Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Now, one of Dunn’s Ph.D. students,…


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  • Review of Darrell Bock’s Commentary on Acts

    Title: Acts Series: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Author: Darrell L. Bock Publisher: Baker Academic Release Date: 2007 Pages: 848   by Robert P. Menzies The eagerly anticipated sequel to Darrell Bock’s comprehensive commentary on Luke’s Gospel is now available. Bock’s commentary on Acts is everything we would expect from a…


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  • Review of Harvey Cox’s How to Read the Bible (New York: HarperCollins, 2015)

    Title: How to Read the Bible Author: Harvey Cox Publisher: HarperCollins Release Date: 2015 Pages: 272   By Robert P. Menzies Harvey Cox’s latest book should have been titled, How to Read the Bible…And Not Hear God Speak. Why? Because according to Cox, the Bible is purely…


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  • BOOK NOTICE: Speaking in Tongues: Jesus and the Apostolic Church as Models for the Church Today (Robert P. Menzies)

    Title: Speaking in Tongues: Jesus and the Apostolic Church as Models for the Church Today Author: Robert P. Menzies Genre: Theology Publisher: CPT Press Release Date: (March 10, 2016) Format: Paperback Pages: 198 "In 2013 Robert Menzies published the award-winning book, Pentecost: This Story is Our Story. Now, in his latest book, Speaking in Tongues, he focuses his theological spotlight on the biblical experience of “speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.” Menzies’ thesis is that Jesus and the apostolic Church are models for the contemporary Church. This book is an engaging exposition of a thorny, if not actually contentious issue. It speaks to different readers in different ways. For example, it challenges those who oppose the doctrine and/or experience; it functions as a guide for those who may be confused or bewildered about the experience; and finally, it gives an apologetic foundation for those who are defending both the biblical doctrine and the contemporary experience. Menzies’ latest book, Speaking in Tongues, serves the Church well, and is, indeed, a must read." —Roger Stronstad Scholar in Residence Summit Pacific College Abbotsford, BC, Canada   Other Endorsements: “As always, Robert Menzies, one of Pentecostalism’s leading scholars, provides careful exegesis, weighing various alternatives and coming to reasoned conclusions, offering fresh insights for all interpreters to consider. His passionate, pastoral…


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  • BOOK NOTICE: The Language of the Spirit: Interpreting and Translating Charismatic Terms (Robert P. Menzies)

    Title: The Language of the Spirit: Interpreting and Translating Charismatic Terms Author: Robert P. Menzies Genre: Theology Publisher: CPT Press Release Date: October 15, 2010 Format: Paperback Pages: 136 The latest work by noted New Testament scholar Robert P. Menzies, The Language of the Spirit: Interpreting and Translating Charismatic Terms, treats in successive chapters six key issues that impact the translation of New Testament terms related to the Holy Spirit or charismatic themes. Special attention is given to how specific terms should be translated in the English and Chinese New Testaments. These translation issues serve as a catalyst for further analysis of and reflection upon a variety of texts. Significant light is shed on a number of important topics: the nature of prophecy and spiritual guidance in the early church, the role of the Paraclete in John's gospel, Luke's understanding of the Kingdom of God and salvation history. Menzies demonstrates that reading the biblical text through the lens of a different language and culture can be an enriching and illuminating experience. These essays reflect the careful study and keen theological insight for which Dr Menzies is known. The chapters are 1. Prophecy or Preaching?; 2. The Spirit of God or the Spirit of Man?; 3. How Shall We Translate parakletos?; 4. Is the Kingdom of God within You?; 5. Did Jesus Send Seventy or Seventy-two?; and 6. Tongues or Languages? Author’s Note: Mark B. (Ph.D., Ed.D.), who teaches with Global University, recently wrote: “I finally got my hands on The Language of the Spirit and I am impressed with how valuable this…


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  • Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul: An Attempt to Reconcile these Concepts (Youngmo Cho)

    Title: Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul: An attempt to Reconcile these Concepts Series: Paternoster Biblical Monographs Author: Youngmo Cho Genre: Theology Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub; Reprint edition (January 1, 2007) Pages: 254 (Paperback) Reviewed by Robert P. Menzies This important book was penned by a Korean Assemblies of God minister, a fine scholar…


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  • Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China (Xi Lian)

    Title: Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China Author: Xi Lian Genre: Theology Publisher: Yale University Press (February 23, 2010) Pages: 352 pages (Hardcover) Reviewed by Robert P. Menzies Lian Xi has produced a remarkably detailed, skillfully written, and meticulously researched history of important…


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  • The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology (Martin W. Mittelstadt)

    Title: The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology Series: Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement (Book 26) Author: Martin W. Mittelstadt Genre: Theology Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (October 12, 2004) Pages: 232 Reviewed by Robert P. Menzies Kunming, China Pentecostals the world over celebrate the presentness of the Kingdom…


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