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Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future  (Part 1 of 5) by Amos Yong

Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future (Part 1 of 5) by Amos Yong

Amos Yong challenges classical Pentecostals to re-examine what ecumenism really is. Editor’s Introduction to “Pentecostalism and Ecumenism: Past, Present, and Future” I am pleased to present this important series by Professor Amos Yong. The subject of what ecumenism truly is and what it means to the Pentecostal/charismatic is an important one today. This article has […]

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Ten Things I've Learned About Raising Up Worship Leaders

Ten Things I’ve Learned About Raising Up Worship Leaders

From the Worship Leader series. I like the “Five Step Discipleship model” I learned from John Wimber: Lead worship with a worship leader in training in attendance. Have that person play alongside you while you lead. Have that person lead while you play alongside him or her. Talk about the worship time afterward. Finish the […]

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Jeff Bailey: Worship and Spirituality in the New World

Jeff Bailey: Worship and Spirituality in the New World

  Jeff Bailey, “Worship and Spirituality in the New World” Cutting Edge (Vol 4, No 2, Summer 2000), pages 16-18. Jeff Bailey, co-editor of Vineyard Churches’ (USA) church planting magazine Cutting Edge, has been interviewing and conversing with a number of postmodern theologians in the last few issues. In the July 2000 issue of Cutting […]

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The Art of Exhortation

The Art of Exhortation

From the Worship Leader series.   We must never assume that simply because people are gathered together in one place, they are necessarily ready to worship. They seem to be ready, but they must in fact be brought to a place of readiness. The people do not need whipping-they have been battered by the world […]

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How to Work toward Racial Reconciliation

How to Work toward Racial Reconciliation

  The “Memphis Miracle”* was a triumphant moment in the history of Pentecostal race relations in North America. But it was only a moment. Pastors and other church leaders returned to their places of ministry with a great deal of good will. They wanted to do the right thing, but they have not always known […]

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Pastor's Paraklesis: The Difference in Our Homes

Pastor’s Paraklesis: The Difference in Our Homes

  Do we want the Holy Spirit in our homes? I was listening to a message preached by an evangelist that held services at Trinity Assembly of God in Mt. Morris, Michigan. As he was preaching about our desire to have the Holy Spirit in our homes, the Holy Spirit quickened a few thoughts in […]

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Peter Wagner: Churchquake

Peter Wagner: Churchquake

  C. Peter Wagner, Churchquake!: How the New Apostolic Reformation Is Shaking Up the Church As We Know It (Ventura, CA: Regal Publishers), 274 pages, ISBN 9780830719181. I started reading Peter Wagner’s books soon after he began to be published, and I took his class on ‘Signs and Wonders’ at Fuller Seminary. I recall some […]

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A.D. 2000: State of the Church in America

A.D. 2000: State of the Church in America

As the rest of the world is experiencing unparalleled church and Christian growth, America has become an unchurched nation.    

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Roger Olson: Don't Hate Me Because I'm Arminian

Roger Olson: Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Arminian

  Roger E. Olson, “Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Arminian: My Reformed friends sometimes treat me like the enemy, but actually we need each other,” Christianity Today (September 6, 1999), pages 87-94. Many remember the schism between George Whitefield and John Wesley as a microcosm of the debate between Calvinists and Arminians. Roger E Olson […]

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Racial Reconciliation Manifesto

Racial Reconciliation Manifesto

  The Memphis Miracle was a meeting of North American Pentecostals in October of 1994 where the Racial Reconciliation Manifesto was drafted and signed and the Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA) Task Force was formed.   Challenged by the reality of our racial divisions, we have been drawn by the Holy Spirit to […]

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The Memphis Manifesto: Five Years Later

The Memphis Manifesto: Five Years Later

  On October 17-19, 1994 the leadership of the essentially all white Pentecostal Fellowship of the North America (PFNA) met in Memphis to confront its racial past and to meet with African American Pentecostals to establish an integrated fellowship. The result was a new organization known as the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA). As […]

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Pastor's Paraklesis: Keeping Alert

Pastor’s Paraklesis: Keeping Alert

  “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent; the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor […]

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Finding the Grace Gates

Finding the Grace Gates

  Marshall Shelley and Eric Reed, “Finding the Grace Gates: An interview with Pastor Joseph Garlington” Leadership (Spring 1999), pages 22-28. Pastor Garlington is the pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a frequent speaker and worship leader at Promise Keeper events nationwide. “Finding the Grace Gates” focuses on the role of pastors as […]

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John Maxwell and Jim Dornan: Becoming a Person of Influence

John Maxwell and Jim Dornan: Becoming a Person of Influence

  John Maxwell and Jim Dornan, Becoming a Person of Influence: How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997), 214 pages. In one of his latest of a growing list of writings, John Maxwell, pastor, conference speaker, and leadership mentor teams up with businessman Jim Dornan to write, Becoming a Person […]

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