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Pentecost and Harvard

Pentecost and Harvard

Pentecost and Harvard. Sounds odd, doesn’t it? If we allow stereotypes to prevail, the two seem to be in direct contradiction to each other. Harvard has a reputation of being a very wealthy school with high academic standards. Pentecostals, on the other hand, at least in the past, were viewed largely as uneducated and from […]

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Richard Bustraan: The Jesus People Movement

Richard Bustraan: The Jesus People Movement

Richard A. Bustraan, The Jesus People Movement: A Story of Spiritual Revolution Among the Hippies (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014), 238 pages. In Richard Bustraan’s work, The Jesus People Movement, the author aims to describe and trace the Jesus People Movement within Pentecostal historiography. Although this work is a comprehensive research thesis, non-academic readers will be […]

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The Holy Spirit, The Missing Finger: Comparing the Pneumatology of Alexander Campbell and Don Basham

The Holy Spirit, The Missing Finger: Comparing the Pneumatology of Alexander Campbell and Don Basham

  Introduction The purpose of this article is to reveal the initial development of the teaching on the Holy Spirit in the life of Alexander Campbell, founder of the movement named the Disciples of Christ. Campbell’s pneumatology must be placed within the context of American history in the nineteenth century. Beginning with the influence of […]

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Miracles in Church History and Today with Craig Keener

Miracles in Church History and Today with Craig Keener

  Craig S. Keener, author of Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, discusses miracles that have occurred in history as well as recently. This is part 3 of a special lecture series on apologetics given at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in the Summer of 2014.    

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Timothy Walsh: To Meet and Satisfy a Very Hungry People

Timothy Walsh: To Meet and Satisfy a Very Hungry People

Timothy B. Walsh, To Meet and Satisfy a Very Hungry People: The Origins and Fortunes of English Pentecostalism, 1907 – 1925 (Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2012), 264 pages. Timothy B. Walsh, Professor of Pentecostal and Evangelical History at Regents Theological College of West Malvern, UK, contributes another volume to the Studies in Evangelical History and […]

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Happy Reformation Day

Happy Reformation Day

  In celebration of the Great Reformation and revival movements throughout Christian history, take a moment today to remind yourself of what God has done in and through his people. Be encouraged and challenged that he is ready and willing to revive his people again by his Spirit.   The Impact of Martin Luther and […]

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A Charismatic Looks at the Birth of Pentecostalism

A Charismatic Looks at the Birth of Pentecostalism

  The grace that Pentecostalism brought to Christendom was to make the use of tongues and the other gifts described by Paul in I Cor. 12 and 14 normal in the life of ordinary Christians.[1] This was something not seen since Apostolic times. Before we examine how tongues came to be normal (or at least […]

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Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries

Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts in the Second Through Nineteenth Centuries

  In this five part series, Richard M. Riss presents evidence for the operation of the gifts of the Spirit throughout the Church Age. Part 1 (Fall 1998): From the Early Church to the 3rd Century Part 2 (Winter 1999): 3rd to the 5th Centuries Part 3 (Spring 1999): From the 5th to the 13th […]

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Dony Donev: The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev

Dony Donev: The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev

  Dony K. Donev, The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev: Now with a Special Addition of the (Un)Forgotten Story of the Voronaev Children (Spasen Publishers, 2011), 72 pages, ISBN 1477496939. Dony Donev has provided a rare glimpse into the life of purportedly one of the most influential early Pentecostal church planters in Eastern […]

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Highlights from Black Theology and Leadership Institute 2014

Highlights from Black Theology and Leadership Institute 2014

  Candace Laughinghouse sent these highlights with her report of the 2014 annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute at Princeton.   From right to left: Worship in the chapel. In the midst of a great conversation within my cohort for the week. Me and Prof. Dr. John W. Kinney – Dean of the Samuel DeWitt […]

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The 2014 Black Theology and Leadership Institute

The 2014 Black Theology and Leadership Institute

  This summer, I was selected to attend the annual Black Theology and Leadership Institute (BTLI) at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Yolanda Pierce – the Elmer G. Homrighausen Associate Professor of African American Studies and Literature and Liaison with the Princeton University Center for African American Studies – has managed to create a think-tank of […]

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75th Church of God International General Assembly: Historic Encounters, Hints of What Lies Ahead

75th Church of God International General Assembly: Historic Encounters, Hints of What Lies Ahead

  Official church historians consider the Church of God (Cleveland, TN USA) the oldest continuing, and one of the largest, Pentecostal ecclesial organizations in the world. It dates back to 1886 with roots in the Unicoi Mountains of Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. It considers itself more of a movement than a denomination, more […]

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Demos Shakarian and His Ecumenical Businessmen

Demos Shakarian and His Ecumenical Businessmen

  Breakfast with the Holy Spirit: The FGBMFI In many countries of the world one can go to a fashionable hotel and find a Saturday breakfast meeting of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI).[1] There they will see businessmen raising their hands in adoration and praise to the Lord. A speaker, most likely […]

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James Robinson: Divine Healing

James Robinson: Divine Healing

  James Robinson, Divine Healing: The Holiness-Pentecostal Transition Years, 1890-1906: Theological Transposition in the Transatlantic World (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013), 238 pages, ISBN 9781620324080. James Robinson’s second volume in his Divine Healing series is a major contribution to the study of Pentecostal origins in the Anglo-American world. An interesting and highly researched work, Divine […]

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