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The 2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies Convention in Review

John Goldingay

On Friday, John Goldingay delivered a moving plenary address on “The Holy Spirit and the Psalms”. He shared of his early despising of the Psalms and only through suffering the loss of his first wife did he come to see the Psalms for the impassioned prayers of the saints and offering the words of the Spirit as life-giving. He will be posting this paper at his website:

Sadly, I lost my notes from the remainder of the meetings, but can conclude by noting that this meeting was inspirational to my own work on the Spirit and its further reflection (as an example here is my paper presented there on Thursday morning in the Biblical Studies Interest Group: When Prophets Play the Lyre: Saul and the Strings of the Spirit). I was challenged by the many papers (as usual) and blessed by the Spirit in which the meetings were conducted and the fellowship that was woven throughout. I was particularly blessed by the closing banquet where there was a memorial for R. Hollis Gause (which moved me to tears), honoring of Murray Dempster, Byron Klaus, and Doug Peterson (their contributions to Pentecostalism), and joining together around the Lord’s Table ministered by newly elected Second Vice-President – Rev. Dr. Mark Cartledge.


For the full schedule of presenters and their topics see the The 2016 Program.

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Category: In Depth, Winter 2016

About the Author: Rick Wadholm Jr., Ph.D. (Bangor University, Wales, UK), is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Rick has pastored several rural congregations in North Dakota and Minnesota for 22 years and is ordained with the Assemblies of God (USA). He is a regular speaker for churches, camps and conferences. He enjoys reading and discussing theology and Biblical Studies, most particularly the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth. Rick is an active member of the Institute for Biblical Research, the International Bonhoeffer Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and was the Executive Editor of The Pentecostal Educator published by the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (2013-2019). Rick is author and editor of numerous articles and books. He has helped found the Society for Pentecostal Studies Student Caucus. He also enjoys blogging on topics of translation, Biblical studies, pastoring and theology by contributing to four different blogs—his personal blogging adventures hosted at Facebook. Twitter.

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