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A Short Review of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 2018 Conference

On Saturday morning, I was able to sit in for Jacqui Grey’s (Alphacrucis College) presentation on “Social Justice in First Isaiah: A Pentecostal Perspective.” She suggested ways in which Pentecostals, who have tended to disregard even the idea of a “First Isaiah” (chapters 1-39), might in fact benefit in Pentecostal ways from noting the movements of each part of Isaiah. She further pressed that response to social injustices in First Isaiah offer Pentecostals appropriate ways of conceiving how God is in the world in the midst of redemptive community.

The Saturday evening banquet was well attended. A number of awards were given away including one for William Kay’s George Jeffreys: Pentecostal Apostle and Revivalist (CPT, 2017). Several of the features of this year’s banquet included honoring the well-deserved lifetime achievement of Cheryl Bridges Johns (Pentecostal Theological Seminary). Chris Green (Pentecostal Theological Seminary) presented on “Seeing the Visible Word: Art and/as Theology” where he offered his spirited drawings and paintings as another imagining toward theological reflection rooted in response to the Spirit.

We ended our travels with stopping by the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ in Memphis, TN, so that my students could have a further experience of diverse Pentecostal expressions of worship and community. Bishop Milton R. Hawkins preached a powerful message on 1 Kings 17 and the provisions of the Lord after the choir and worship team led in rousing choruses of praise.

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Category: In Depth, Spring 2018

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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