I have heard there is a new Left Behind movie out in theaters. It has been several decades since Tim LaHaye's series fictionalizing the return of Christ captured the evangelical imagination. This latest movie focusing on the antichrist seems to be following the pattern of trying to dramatize teachings about the end times for the … Continue reading Who Will Be Left Behind?
Practical Advice Before You Pursue a PhD
Some practical advice for those who want to do a theology PhD.
New Book: Imagining the Future.
I am excited that my dissertation on the history of Assemblies of God eschatology is now available from ORU Press. https://www.amazon.com/Imagining-Future-Development-Assemblies-Eschatology/dp/1950971082/ Since the Assemblies of God began in 1914, a great importance was placed on the belief in the second coming of Christ. However, in recent decades, a segment of AG ministers and educators have … Continue reading New Book: Imagining the Future.
Revising the Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths
The Assemblies of God General Council is meeting next month and the hot topic for this year is a proposed revision to the Statement of Fundamental Truths. This document, created in 1916, has served as the theological basis for the fellowship. Its central tenets define the AG's beliefs on doctrinal matters such as salvation, baptism … Continue reading Revising the Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths
A Short Clip of My Graduation
Here is a short clip of when I was recognized for the completion of my PhD from the Centre for Pentecostal Theology at Bangor University (Wales, UK) at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary Commencement held on May 21, 2019. I was the only PhD graduate that day so my program director, Dr. John Christopher Thomas, was able … Continue reading A Short Clip of My Graduation
The Spirit of The Millennium – Perspectives on Assemblies of God Eschatology
Recently I was asked to teach a series of classes at my church based on my dissertation on the development of Assemblies of God eschatology. This was the first opportunity for me to present some of the findings of my research. I did a week for each of the four AG eschatological statements in the … Continue reading The Spirit of The Millennium – Perspectives on Assemblies of God Eschatology
A Directory of Early Pentecostal Papers
Since I began my studies in Pentecostal history, have come to love early Pentecostal literature. All of the students in the Bangor PhD program engage the early papers from across the spectrum of the Pentecostal movement in their dissertations. This process of "reception history," or the examining the first hand testimonies and teachings of early Pentecostals, … Continue reading A Directory of Early Pentecostal Papers
A Summer Update
It is July and I haven't mentioned much lately about the progress on my PhD. I have had several people ask about my PhD and am I done yet. Well, the answer is yes and no. I finished writing my dissertation back in March and my supervisor has read it and given the OK for … Continue reading A Summer Update
A Proposal – by James Smith
In the past few weeks, I have been reading proto-pentecostal books about the Holy Spirit. These works about the Holy Spirit are remarkable. Their passion for the Holy Spirit is unequaled even among modern Pentecostals. During the mid-1800's, pastors from many traditions were awakened to the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of … Continue reading A Proposal – by James Smith
A New Season
Over eight months ago, we left a church we loved and I laid down my calling as a pastor in order to seek out what God had next for our family. It has been a difficult 8 months and we often have been tired from the waiting, from what seemed to be open doors that … Continue reading A New Season