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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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The Emergence of Italian Pentecostalism: Affectivity and Aesthetic Worship Practices

The Emergence of Italian Pentecostalism: Affectivity and Aesthetic Worship Practices

Editor’s Note: This academic paper by Paul Palma was first presented at the 2013 meeting of the Center for Renewal Studies. Less technical readers may want to start with the more accessible conclusion.   Introduction The early Pentecostal movement expanded among those seeking a more dynamic and vital religious experience. For some this entailed transition […]

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Recent Homegoings: Stanley Horton and Amata Fabbro

Recent Homegoings: Stanley Horton and Amata Fabbro

  We mourn the loss and celebrate the lives of these followers of Jesus that have gone on before us.   Stanley Horton Pentecostal theologian, author, and statesman, Rev. Dr. Stanley Monroe Horton, died on Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was 98. The obituary from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary includes the recording of […]

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Historical Development of Wesley's Doctrine of the Spirit

Historical Development of Wesley’s Doctrine of the Spirit

  Although John Wesley had spoken about the Holy Spirit prior to 1738, it was not until after Aldersgate that he began to develop a distinct pneumatology. Aldersgate was not Wesley’s conversion-initiation; rather it was largely a pneumatological experience of the “internal witness of the Spirit.”1 His ‘heart strangely warmed’ marked a theological shift from […]

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Peter Althouse: Wesleyan and Reformed Impulses in the Keswick and Pentecostal Movements

Peter Althouse: Wesleyan and Reformed Impulses in the Keswick and Pentecostal Movements

  Editor’s note: This academic paper by Peter Althouse, whom Jurgen Moltmann described in his autobiography as one of “the younger theologians of the Pentecostal movement,” investigates the roots of the Keswick movement and its influence on Pentecostalism. 1. Introduction The first Keswick Convention convened in June 1875, when a few hundred men and women […]

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John Wesley and Pentecostalism: an interview with Frank Macchia

John Wesley and Pentecostalism: an interview with Frank Macchia

Part 1 of a conversation between Lawrence Wood and Frank Macchia on the link between Wesleyan and Pentecostal traditions. Originally posted by the Asbury Theological Seminary. Frank D. Macchia, ThD (University of Basel, Switzerland) is professor of theology at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. He has served as president of the Society of Pentecostal […]

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The Rev. John L. Nevius: The Holy Spirit Gives a Lesson in Chinese

The Rev. John L. Nevius: The Holy Spirit Gives a Lesson in Chinese

Church historian William L. De Arteaga shows us that the supernatural aspects of missionary John Nevius’ ministry in China was suppressed and forgotten in the West.   When Protestant missionaries arrived in China early in the Nineteenth Century they had all been educated into cessationism. Part of this awful theology was the belief that exorcism […]

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How the Orthodox Church is Gaining Influence in Post-Communist Russia

How the Orthodox Church is Gaining Influence in Post-Communist Russia

  A review essay of John P. Burgess, “In-Churching Russia: Journeying Through the Efforts of Orthodoxy to Return Russia to Faith” First Things (May 2014), by Rachel Mock. The article “In-Churching Russia” by John P. Burgess not only helped me to reexamine my childhood as a Charismatic missionary kid in Moscow, but it also gave […]

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William Menzies’ Lectures on Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism, reviewed by Paul King

William Menzies’ Lectures on Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism, reviewed by Paul King

William W. Menzies, “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: ‘The Finished Work,’” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 14:2 (July 2011), pages 187-198. William W. Menzies, “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: The Influence of Fundamentalism,” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 14:2 (July 2011), pages 199-211. William W. Menzies, “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: Keswick and the Higher Life,” Asian Journal […]

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A Time of Weakness, A Time of Strength: AD 315-450

A Time of Weakness, A Time of Strength: AD 315-450

Constantine’s Edict of Milan brought an end to the persecution of Christians, but that did not mean the Church was granted favor throughout the Roman Empire. What are the lessons for us today?   The impression is often left that with the Edict of Milan that Constantine issued in A.D. 313-314 which brought an end […]

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William Menzies' lecture on the Christian and Missionary Alliance, reviewed by Paul King

William Menzies’ lecture on the Christian and Missionary Alliance, reviewed by Paul King

William W. Menzies, “Non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism: A Tradition: The Christian and Missionary Alliance and The Assemblies of God,” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies 14:2 (July 2011), pages 226-238. In his lectures on non-Wesleyan Pentecostalism, presented at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in 2000, William W. Menzies ably surveyed the impact of non-Wesleyan traditions upon Pentecostalism, and […]

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Is Revival Soft or Strong? by Thang San Mung

Is Revival Soft or Strong? by Thang San Mung

A guest article by Thang San Mung Is Revival Soft or Strong? A Pastoral Response to Current Revival Movements and Spiritualities Introduction* With a posting of its position paper by the General Presbyters of the Assemblies of God of America in 2000,[1] it became clear to sight about the growing tension, having long been existing […]

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