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Robert Menzies, PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, is the Director of Synergy, a rural development organization based in Kunming, China. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in the Philippines and has taught widely in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the United States and Europe. His book Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story (Gospel Publishing House) won The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship’s 2013 Award of Excellence. His other books include Empowered for Witness: The Spirit in Luke-Acts (Sheffield), Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience (Zonder­van), and The Language of the Spirit: Interpreting and Translating Charismatic Terms (CPT Press). He has also published widely in academic journals.

J. P. Moreland, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to ninety-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals (McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge), and Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology (Blackwell). He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy.

Douglas A. Oss is the Director of the PhD in Biblical Interpretation and Theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology. He holds the MDiv from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and the PhD from West­minster Theological Seminary of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has planted two churches (including the First Evangelical Free Church, Springfield, Missouri), two university ministries, and has served in pastoral ministry a total of eighteen years. Doug co-authored Are Mirac­ulous Gifts for Today? (Zondervan) and has published articles in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; Bulletin for Biblical Research; Grace Theological Journal; Westminster Theological Journal; and Enrichment Journal. He also translated 1 and 2 Corinthians for the New Living Translation, and was a translation scholar for the New Testament portion of the English Standard Version. He authored the study notes in the ESV Study Bible for 2 Peter and Jude.

Cecil M. Robeck Jr., PhD, is Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Director of the David du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is an ordained minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. For the past thirty years, he has been invited to serve with a variety of international ecumenical organizations, representing the interests of the Pentecostal Movement. He has written numerous scholarly articles on biblical, historical, theological, and ecumenical subjects, and he has written or edited five books including Prophecy in Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian and Cyprian (Pilgrim) and The Azusa Street Mission and Revival (Nelson). Together with Dr. Amos Yong, he is the co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (Cambridge), which will be released in 2014.

Jon M. Ruthven, PhD, spent his entire adult life in ministry, starting with David Wilkerson in Boston and New York City in the mid-60s. After spending a dozen years pastoring, a couple of years as a missionary in Africa as the head of a Bible school, he taught theology in seminary for 18 years. Always interested in training and discipleship, Jon is developing a radically biblical approach to ministry training that seeks to replicate the discipling mission of Jesus in both content and method. Jon has written numerous scholarly papers and books including On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Postbiblical Miracles (1993; rev. 2009) and What’s Wrong with Protestant Theology? Tradition vs. Biblical Emphasis (2013). He continues to emphasize the biblical grounding for a practical ministry of healing and signs and wonders in the power of the Spirit.

Mark Rutland is the founder and President of Global Servants which he began in 1977. Over the years, Dr. Rutland has continued as the President of Global while also serving as a Senior Pastor and a University President. A native of Texas, he was educated at the University of Maryland, Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, and holds a PhD from California Graduate School of Theology. Through Global Servants, Rutland has travelled in missionary evangelism around the world and founded ministries in Ghana and Thailand. The House of Grace home for tribal girls in Chiang Rai, Thailand, was founded in 1988 and houses over 100 girls. He also is a sought-after speaker for leadership seminars and conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He and his wife Alison have taught together in Global’s marriage enrichment conference, ministering to thousands of couples over the years. Dr. Rutland is the author of fourteen books; his latest book, ReLaunch, is a New York Times bestseller.

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About the Author: Robert W. Graves, M. A. (Literary Studies, Georgia State University), is the co-founder and president of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting Pentecostal scholarship through research grants. He is a Christian educator and a former faculty member of Southwestern Assemblies of God College in Waxahachie, Texas, and Kennesaw State University (adjunct). He edited and contributed to Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture and is the author of Increasing Your Theological Vocabulary, Praying in the Spirit (1987 and Second Edition, 2017) and The Gospel According to Angels (Chosen Books, 1998).

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