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Global Renewal Christianity: Latin America

A Christian renewal movement is always orchestrated by the Holy Spirit, and does not belong to any specific denomination or region.

Putting together the multiple voices found in this volume into one synthesis, one can conclude that a Christian renewal movement is always orchestrated by the Holy Spirit, and does not belong to any specific denomination or region. Instead, the Latin American renewal movements are a prototype of a new wineskin, a recipient of the Holy Spirit grace, and a reminder of the Holy Spirit “dunamis” empowerment for being relevant in our witnessing and gospel proclamation (Acts 1:8).

This volume should be a required text for all students seeking to understand global Christianity and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Global South.

The Latin American Christian renewal phenomenon carries the influence of different streams of Pentecostalism, neo-Pentecostalism and historical traditions that infused each other and surface as a renewed movement that is a fresh “Current of Grace and transformation.” As a “Current of Grace and transformation” the Spirit is always infusing the life of the church, its operation, its work, and the ministry of the saints regardless of their locality or tradition. Thus, the stories and narratives presented in this volume augment the reality of a Global Renewal Christianity that is swiping the earth as “Currents of Grace” that is moving across multiple churches, not just in the continents of Latin America, but also throughout the whole world.

Global Renewal Christianity: Latin America, provides a broad lens that not only captures the breath and the renewing influence of the Holy Spirit in the region, but also the historicity of Latino/a Pentecostalism being experienced for the last 100 years.

As a practitioner, research director and having traveled extensively throughout the regions of Latin America, I find this volume to be strategic. It should be considered as a required text for all students seeking to understand global Christianity and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Global South. Come Holy Spirit, blow your “Currents of Grace” over our academic lives, families and ministries.

Reviewed by Oscar Merlo

 

Preview: https://books.google.com/books?id=HqO_CwAAQBAJ

Further Reading:

Global Renewal Christianity: Asia and Oceania (Volume 1 in the series), reviewed by David Bradnick

Global Renewal Christianity: Africa (Volume 3 in the series), reviewed by Anna M. Droll

 

 

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Category: Ministry, Spring 2018

About the Author: Oscar Merlo, Ph.D. candidate (Fuller Seminary), M.A.I.C.S. (Fuller Seminary), M.B.A. (Phoenix University), B.A. (University of La Verne), is the director of the Center for the Study of the Work and Ministry of the Holy Spirit Today at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He is passionate about empowering the next generation through the Holy Spirit and for illuminating the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has served in executive leadership positions for profit and nonprofit multinational organizations and is a strategic partner with Hope of Life, the world’s largest humanitarian organization, to develop the Hispanic humanitarian branch, Extreme Rescues. Faculty page. Facebook. LinkedIn. Twitter: @Oscarmerlo.

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