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Introducing Gary Shogren


Gary Shogren is a New Testament scholar you should read and get to know about if you are interested in a biblical defense of the continuation of the gifts of the Spirit.

Gary and his wife, Karen, in Spain, 2012.

Dr. Shogren has been a professor of New Testament for more than twenty years, teaching in the USA and now in Costa Rica. Currently, he is the Professor of New Testament at Seminario ESEPA, San José, Costa Rica. You could call him a missionary-scholar or a global Christian. Dr. Shogren says of himself, “I’m the non-Pentecostal whom my Pentecostal brethren like to cite.”1

With a focus on Pauline theology, he has written numerous commentaries that are of interest to renewalists (Pentecostals and charismatics).


Here are some of his writings you may want to read:

Gary Shogren, “How Did They Suppose ‘The Perfect’ Would Come? 1 Corinthians 13.8-12 in Patristic Exegesis,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 15 (Oct 1999), 99-121.

This is a technical study of how the Church Fathers interpreted Paul’s prediction of the cessation of tongues, prophecy, and knowledge. “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away” (1 Cor 13:10 NKJV). Dr. Shogren’s conclusion is that nearly all of the orthodox fathers believed “the perfect” referred to the age to come.

The full article is available [as of July 9, 2014] on his blog:


Gary S. Shogren, “The ‘Ultracharismatics’ of Corinth and the Pentecostals of Latin America as the Religion of the Disaffected” Tyndale Bulletin 56:2 (2005), pages 91-110.

From the abstract:

This paper arises from research on 1 Corinthians within a Latin American milieu. It shows the value of studying God’s word from non first world perspectives, particularly with regard to the themes of societal status and the charismata in the first century church.

The full article is available from


Gary S. Shogren, “The gift of tongues in the post-apostolic church: a rejoinder to Cleon Rogers”

The paper opens:

In 1965 Cleon Rogers published a short study about the gift of tongues in the centuries after the apostles.[1] It is late in the day to refute an article already a half century old; but since people keep quoting it as authoritative, it is worthwhile pointing out some of its grave logical and historical flaws.

Available on Dr. Shogren’s blog:


Gary Steven Shogren, “Christian Prophecy And Canon In The Second Century: A Response To B. B. Warfield” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 40:4 (Dec 1997).

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About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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