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?
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
"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
The political season is in full swing. Our nation is going to the polls over the next few weeks. I don't engage much in politics so I have nothing to say about the current political season other than I don't really enjoy it. It seems to bring out the worst in people, especially the candidates. … Continue reading The Christian & Politics: Thoughts From A Past AG Superintendant
The primary emphasis of my research this Summer has been to find and develop a chronological timeline of all of the Assemblies of God books that discuss AG doctrine. Gospel Publishing House has produced works for Pentecostal minsters and lay people nearly from the beginning of the AG. Soon after the AG began, GPH published tracts on … Continue reading A Timeline of Assemblies of God Doctrinal Books