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Winter 2006: Other Significant Articles


Philip Yancey, “A Quirky & Vibrant Mosaic” Christianity Today (June 2005), pages 36-39.

Who are evangelicals? They are not so easily defined as a gang of moralists allied with conservative American politics. Four distinctives may summarize what evangelicals identify with: “Conversionism: the belief that lives need to be transformed through a ‘born again’ experience. Activism: the expression of the gospel in missionary and reform efforts. Biblicism: a particular regard for the Bible as the ultimate authority. Crucicentrism: a stress on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross as making possible the redemption of humanity.” Yancey identifies with the broad spectrum of evangelicalism while gently calling them to a closer following in the footsteps of Jesus.

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Jon Mark Ruthven, “Are Pentecostal Seminaries a Good Idea?” PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 26:2 (Fall 2004), pages 339-345.

Jon Ruthven questions the way Pentecostal and charismatic leaders are trained in today’s institutions and calls educators to turn to a biblical pattern of training leaders how to live by the revelatory “hearing of faith.”

Joseph L. Castleberry responds in this dialogue, “Pentecostal Seminaries are Essential to the Future Health of the Church,” pages 346-354. Castleberry says the question should not be “‘how can we stave off institutionalization?’ but rather, ‘how can we keep charisma alive in the midst of the institutions we have founded to perpetuate it?’” (350-351).

Read Ruthven’s paper on the Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship website:


Tim Stafford, “The Pentecostal Gold Standard: After 50 years in ministry, Jack Hayford continues to confound stereotypes—all to the good.” Christianity Today (July 2005).

Pastor Jack Hayford is one of North America’s best known Pentecostals. He remains unashamed of his Pentecostal distinctives and whose conciliatory demeanor continues to disarm critics.

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About the Author: The editors are Raul Mock, Mike Dies, Joe Joslin, and Jim Dettmann with significant input from other writers including John Lathrop, Amos Yong, Tony Richie, and Kevin Williams.

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