I visited Tennessee this week to meet with my PhD supervisor (who is based in Cleveland even though my school is Bangor University, Wales). I had decided this visit that since I was “in the neighborhood” of the origins of the “serpent handler” churches, I’d like to visit the original site: Dolly Pond Church of… Continue reading A Brief Snake Handling Journey
Rather than simply answer in the comments section to Dan’s post about “What Keeps You In Your Church Tradition?,” I have decided to reply via a post and offer it as my own personal answer (because I have in fact been asked this very question at other times). I decided three was a rather Biblical… Continue reading Three Things That Keep Me in My Church Tradition
In a recent conversation with Andrea Wheeldon (a PAOC minister and friend, and staff member at Providence Theological Seminary), we were discussing what we are known by as the local church. There are many who have identified themselves by their stance AGAINST certain hot-topic issues (like homosexuality, abortion, etc.). But is this what should define… Continue reading What Defines Us?
Steve Swan (a friend who pastors in Winnipeg) nails it: Why Am I Still Preaching?. I’ve said something similar in a paper I presented for the Society for Pentecostal Studies that has been picked up for an edited volume in the works on Pentecostal Preaching. You can read the proposal for my contribution HERE (and… Continue reading Why Am I Still Preaching? A Conversation
Am I really Pentecostal? I’m thinking of this in several ways because recently I have been attacked by some for (1) being too Pentecostal, and by others for (2) not being Pentecostal enough. So which is it? Or is neither accusation correct? Maybe I’m the perfect Pentecostal (whatever that might look like 🙂 ). What… Continue reading Am I Really Pentecostal?
I just realized that while my paper “Emerging Homiletics: A Pentecostal Response” was accepted for presentation at the Society for Pentecostal Studies annual meeting (March 20-22, 2013) in Seattle, WA, I had failed to post it to this blog. So feel free to follow the link above and select the paper from the limited number… Continue reading Emerging Homiletics
I’m delighted to announce that Chris Green (newly dubbed “Dr.” for the completion of his PhD) has just published his (long awaited and anticipated in my opinion) dissertation: Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Lord’s Supper: Foretasting the Kingdom (CPT 2012). This is a continuing trend among Pentecostals to view the Lord’s Supper in more… Continue reading Sacramental Pentecostals?
I was given the following brief account (written by Mrs. Anna Vagle in 1958) of some of the occurrences in 1905-6 in north-western Minnesota when the “winds of the Spirit” began to blow with “Pentecostal power”. It is a marvelous thing to read what God has done in the past…and it makes me long to… Continue reading Pentecost In North West Minnesota
Today is Pentecost Sunday and I was asked to cover the adult Sunday School class since our normal teacher was gone. I, of course, knew what the content would cover and did not really prepare as I usually do. Instead, we discussed the passages from the lesson (Acts 8, 10-11, 19) and what it means… Continue reading The Spirit in the World
I’m thrilled to once again be attending the annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS). This year it is being hosted by Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA from March 1-4 (which promises to be much warmer than Karlstad). The topic is one I find close to my heart — “Pentecostalisms, Peacemaking, and… Continue reading Pentecostalisms, Peacemaking, and Social Justice/Righteousness