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Worldwide Growth of Pentecostals and Charismatics

Worldwide Growth of Pentecostals and Charismatics

  While mainline denominations continue to decline, unable to even keep their children in the faith, the Pentecostal/charismatic movement continues to grow tremendously.

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Nick Needham: 2000 Years of Christ's Power

Nick Needham: 2000 Years of Christ’s Power

  N. R. Needham, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power, Part I: The Age of the Early Church Fathers (London: Grace Publications, 1998), 400 pages. When I originally saw the title and the brief description of 2000 Years of Christ’s Power in a publisher’s catalog, I thought that I had found another historical study of the […]

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Vinson Synan: Pentecostal Trends of the 90's

Vinson Synan: Pentecostal Trends of the 90’s

Vinson Synan, “Pentecostal Trends of the 90’s” Ministries Today (May/June 1999, Vol. 17, No. 3), pages 60-64, 77. Leading church historian and theologian Vinson Synan gives an overview of the trends and directions the Pentecostal/charismatic movement have taken is the final decade of the Second Millennium. Professor Synan begins with a broad view of some […]

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Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 5: The 18th and 19th Centuries

Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 5: The 18th and 19th Centuries

  Richard M. Riss presents evidence for the operation of the gifts of the Spirit throughout the Church Age.   The Moravians The gift of tongues is sometimes associated with the Moravian Brethren, a remnant of the Bohemian brethren (followers of John Huss) who became newly organized after finding refuge on the estate of Count […]

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Vinson Synan: The Second Comers

Vinson Synan: The Second Comers

  Vinson Synan, “Pentecostal Millennialism: The Second Comers: At first, the gift of tongues meant one thing: Jesus was returning soon” Christian History, Issue 61, pp. 38-39 The Christianity Today publication Christian History has recently featured an issue on the history of eschatology, answering the question: What have believers taught and believed about the return […]

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Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 4: From the 13th to the 18th Centuries

Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 4: From the 13th to the 18th Centuries

  Richard M. Riss presents evidence for the operation of the gifts of the Spirit throughout the Church Age.   Clare of Montefalco Among several thirteenth-century figures we have discussed, St. Clare of Montefalco (d. 1308) has had a number of miracles attributed to her, as well as frequent ecstasies and supernatural gifts, which she […]

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Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 3: From the 5th to the 13th Centuries

Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 3: From the 5th to the 13th Centuries

  Richard M. Riss presents evidence for the operation of the gifts of the Spirit throughout the Church Age.   The North African Revival We have seen that Augustine had adopted the view that miracles had ceased with the close of the apostolic age. In the last two or three years of his life, however, […]

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David D. Daniels: They Had a Dream

David D. Daniels: They Had a Dream

David D. Daniels, “They Had a Dream: Racial harmony broke down, but the hope did not,” Christian History, Issue 58, Vol. 17, No. 2, p. 19. David D. Daniels provides an insightful look at the uniquely interracial roots of early Pentecostals and some of the problems they encountered. He begins with a brief look at […]

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Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 2: 3rd to the 5th Centuries

Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 2: 3rd to the 5th Centuries

  Richard M. Riss presents evidence for the operation of the gifts of the Spirit throughout the Church Age.   Origen In any case, Origen, Clement’s successor as head of the catechetical school in Alexandria, makes explicit references to miraculous gifts in operation in his day, at the beginning of the third century. He wrote, […]

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Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 1: From the Early Church to the 3rd Century, by Richard M. Riss

Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries, Part 1: From the Early Church to the 3rd Century, by Richard M. Riss

Evidence for the operation of the gifts of the Spirit throughout the Church Age. In the early history of the church, the gift of tongues was very closely associated with prophesy. The second century author Irenaeus, for example, in quoting Act 10:46, substituted the word “prophecy” where the Biblical passage specifies tongues.1  This association of […]

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20 of the Most Significant events in the history of 20th Century Pentecost

20 of the Most Significant events in the history of 20th Century Pentecost

  “20 of the Most Significant events in the history of 20th Century Pentecost” Pentecostal Evangel (May 31, 1998). The Pentecost Sunday (1998) edition of the Pentecostal Evangel (Assemblies of God weekly publication) is indeed a special edition.  Laid out in a concise and easy-to-read chronological format, this Evangel can be read in order or […]

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Wonsuk Ma: A First Waver Looks at the Third Wave

Wonsuk Ma: A First Waver Looks at the Third Wave

Wonsuk Ma, “A ‘First Waver’ Looks at the ‘Third Wave’: A Pentecostal Reflection on Charles Kraft’s Power Encounter Terminology,” PNEUMA:The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Vol 19 No 2 (Fall 1997): 189-206. The purpose of Wonsuk Ma’s article is to open further theological dialogue between classical Pentecostals (the “First Wave”) and the Third […]

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