Archive for February, 2011

The Spirit and the Bride: A Preview

Sunday, February 27th, 2011 by Dale M. Coulter

In less than two weeks, I will address the esteemed body of scholars meeting under the umbrella of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. My topic will really concern how pentecostals, and indeed all renewalists, can understand history. I thought what I might do on this blog is give a little preview of what I hope to do.

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Re: Cosmopolitan Nature of Pentecostalism

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 by Dale M. Coulter

Cosmopolitan Nature of Pentecostalism

At First Things website, I have an essay where I briefly offer a few reasons why I think Pentecostalism has such a global reach. Check it out.

The Lord Is the Spirit by Andrew K. Gabriel

Monday, February 14th, 2011 by Wolfgang Vondey

Andrew K. Gabriel. The Lord Is the Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Divine Attributes. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011. pp. 237. $27.00.

In a theological world increasingly interested in Pentecostalism and its celebration of the Holy Spirit, The Lord Is the Spirit represents an extraordinary contribution to the doctrine of God by a Pentecostal scholar. Gabriel’s account examines the divine attributes–omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, impassibility, immutability, and the like–and proposes that classical theism has not adequately taken into account the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. As a result, theology has overemphasized the transcendence of God. In response, Gabriel proposes that a pneumatological approach to the doctrine of God recovers an emphasis on divine immanence. The book offers a renewed emphasis on the Spirit in the understanding of the divine attributes and promises to do so from a distinctly evangelical and pentecostal perspective. What results from these efforts is a crisp, well-written, insightful, and highly instructive volume that should find its place into theological libraries not only among Pentecostals. The Lord Is the Spirit is a rewarding read for many audiences. Read the rest of this entry »

A Beautiful Mind

Thursday, February 10th, 2011 by Jason Wermuth

I have been hearing and reading a lot lately about the importance of emphasizing math and science in our American classrooms. Many argue that unless our children become more competitive in these two areas, we will fall from the stage as a world superpower as countries like China take over. I agree, math and science are important. However, is America really doomed if we don’t catch up with the rest of the world in the areas of math and science? I say, no way.

While it is absolutely necessary to have great engineers and scientists to design bridges, computers, develop cures for diseases and  create the world’s great things, behind every great invention and innovation is a beautiful mind. I recently read about how Steve Jobs dropped out of college and was never really a great engineer or computer scientist, but his creative eye allowed him to produce some of the worlds most amazing things. One of the really simple but neat things that Steve pioneered in the 80′s was different fonts. Soon after Jobs decided to drop out of Reed College, he took a class in calligraphy for fun , he recounts: “If I had never dropped in on that single class in college the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts” (Steve Jobs: The Brilliant Mind Behind Apple, p. 37). It is this kind of ingenuity and artistic thinking that has guided America to where she is today.

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well. – Albert Einstein

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The Middle East, Change, and Prayer

Friday, February 4th, 2011 by Diane Chandler

Tipping points are events that catalyze tremendous change.  A tsunami-size tipping point has happened in the Middle East over the past six weeks, and we need to pray. The tipping point occurred in Tunisia last December 17, when police confiscated the fruits and vegetables of street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi, a 26-year old with a computer science degree, for not having a sales permit. 

In retaliation for this injustice of legality trumping over economic hardship, Bouazizi doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire outside the Governor’s office.  He passed away on January 4th, which ignited the protests leading to Tunisia’s president stepping down and fleeing the country. 

The powder keg of discontent has been fanned across the Middle East in civil war, with anti-government forces in Egypt demanding that President Hosni Mubarak step down in light of the escalating violence between anti- and pro- government supporters.  The domino effects are rippling throughout the region, with Mubarak being in power for 31 years promising not to run for reelection and transitioning the country without chaos, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in power for 20 years promising not to run in 2013, King Abdullah II of Jordan firing his Cabinet promising reforms, and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir facing protests in Khartoum. Makes me think of Psalm 2:10: “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.” Read the rest of this entry »