I wanted to share this brief video featuring my Ph.D. supervisor, Dr. William K. Kay. Kay is a renown professor of theology who holds multiple posts in several universities in the UK. He has written numerous books and a vast number of articles on Pentecostalism, religious education, and practical theology. Kay was the founding director … Continue reading An Introduction to Pentecostal Theology by William K. Kay
I am sure I am not alone in feeling like there seems to be a uptick in the number of natural phenomenon in recent days. This weekend Hurricane Irma is supposed to make landfall. Two weeks ago Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston. Yesterday there was an 8.0 earthquake in Mexico. Recently typhoons in Asia have caused massive … Continue reading Are These Signs of the Times?
If you were to ask for song requests in any AG church in America, I can almost guarantee someone will request "I'll Fly Away". For whatever reason, this song has become an American and Pentecostal favorite of previous generations. There are several reasons its popular. For one, this song has an Oklahoma connection, being written … Continue reading The Theological Legacy of “I’ll Fly Away”
I was in a parking lot yesterday and a bumper sticker caught my eye. It was two simple words: Want Less. Immediately my spirit said, "Yes. That's it." We live in a consumerism nightmare. We have filled our lives with stuff. Most of us have so much stuff that we are buried in debt. And … Continue reading Want Less
From the beginning, the Pentecostal movement had a careful relationship with theology and the pursuit of education. Even today, many of my educated AG pastor friends are often frustrated with the way in which people within our fellowship are suspicious of education. Roger Olsen speaks of the these attitudes. He says, ‘Endemic to Pentecostalism is … Continue reading Were Early AG Leaders Anti-Intellectual?
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) is in a process of reviewing and refreshing its Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths (SOFET). You can find a copy of the most recent, 2014, statement here. The PAOC’s SOFET has seen many changes. Some of these changes reflect reaffirmations of previous beliefs, while some reflect changing beliefs […] … Continue reading History of the PAOC Statement of Faith — Andrew K. Gabriel
During the month of February, I have read several great articles on Pentecostalism's black heritage. Vinson Synan wrote about William Seymours' role as the father of Pentecostalism. Darrin Rodgers highlights 10 African American ministers that were in important to the AG and the Pentecostal movement. David Daniel's highlights what happened to the racial diversity in the Pentecostal movement. … Continue reading The AG and Black Heritage
In my time studying AG doctrine I have had many conversations with people about how I feel about AG eschatology. Usually people are asking about my work because they are uncomfortable with some particular point of AG doctrine that they would like to see changed. The more one is exposed to education and differing point of views, … Continue reading AG Doctrine: What Was, Is, and What Should Be
I remember writing papers early in my schooling. I was always looking for ways to pad my word count to reach the desired number of pages. That is no longer the case for me. These days I am learning how to abide by a word count. This morning I submitted a paper for the Society for … Continue reading Word Counts
In my dissertation, I am documenting the history of the Assemblies of God and their eschatological positions. One of the joys of that pursuit has been to build a timeline of all the books on eschatology that have been published by the Gospel Publishing House. To my knowledge, no one has done so. I also … Continue reading The Eschatology Books of the Assemblies of God