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”
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
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
100 years ago this week the Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths was adopted by the 1916 General Council in St. Louis. Although AG Leaders were reluctant to adopt a statement of faith during those early years, a doctrinal statement was needed to stave off division over debates about trinitarian vs. oneness baptism. A … Continue reading Statement of Fundamental Truths Turns 100
"Sometimes people forget that a Pastor is human." E.S. Williams, 1930. Being a pastor in this day and age is a huge challenge. Yet at the same time, it is comforting to discover that the demands on pastors haven't changed much in 100 years. In my studies this week I came across an article by E. … Continue reading What a Pastor Cannot Do: familiar thoughts on pastoring from 1930
There is a lot of discussion during the political season about what "evangelicals" will do as a voting block. How do you know if you are an evangelical? The reality is that the term 'evangelical' is a very difficult term to define. It has historical, theological, political and social meanings. My study of Pentecostalism … Continue reading What is an Evangelical, anyway?
One of the most amazing things about studying early Pentecostal literature is the testimonies. I love to read the ways in which those believers experienced God and the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Testimonies of people traveling great distances to places where people were being baptized in the Holy Spirit fill the pages of the … Continue reading Do we still need to tarry?