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Pentecostal and Charismatic Contributions: Beyond What We Normally Think

One must take a step back and marvel at all that has taken place and is taking place amongst a movement that is a mere 115 years old. Pentecostals and Charismatics are not solely theologizing about the Holy Spirit and merely praying in tongues, nor are they to only be marked out as a group with problematic doctrine and practical theology, as some continue to focus on. Rather, we have a group that is influencing all areas of life – theologically, practically, socially, economically, racially and more. I am happy to count myself amongst this beautiful group.


1. [“Christian Movements and Denominations,” last modified December 19, 2011, accessed February 17, 2015, http://www.pewforum.org/2011/12/19/global-christianity-movements-and-denominations/.]

2. [http://www.gty.org/resources/sermon-series/325/Strange-Fire-Conference.]

3. [John MacArthur, Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013).]

4. [Gordon D. Fee, God’s Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1994), 1.]

5. [Ibid., 2.]

6. [“Pentecostal Contributions to Christian Philosophy: Interview with James K. A. Smith (part one),” last modified February 11, 2011, accessed February 17, 2015, http://blog.epsociety.org/2011/02/pentecostal-contributions-to-christian.html.]

7. [Vinson Synan, The Century of the Holy Spirit: 100 Years of Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2001), 2.]

8. [Ibid., 151.]

9. [David Barrett in Vinson Synan, 383.]

10. [Roberts Liardon, The Azusa Street Revival: When the Fire Fell (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 2006), 63.]

11. [David Daniels III in Vinson Synan, 265.]

12. [Donald Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori, Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2007), loc.212.]

13. [Ibid.]

14. [Ibid., loc.153]

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Category: Ministry, Winter 2015

About the Author: Scott Lencke, MA (Covenant Theological Seminary), is currently undertaking a Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He serves on staff at Visible Music College, a music and ministry college with campuses in Memphis, Chicago, Dallas, and Germany. Scott is an active blogger at prodigalthought.net. He is the author of Change For the First Time, Again.

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