Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

African Pentecostal Kinetic Preaching, Part 2

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 by Nimi Wariboko

african_preaching_2In Part I of this essay, I examined the kinetic nature of African Pentecostal preaching.  We discussed the sheer energetic force of preaching as a full-blooded dramatic performance. The performance requires an ensemble of skills that draws the people to one another, to the preacher, and to God. In that very act of centripetal collation and knitting of emotions and foci, there is a subtle mastery of centrifugal energy fashioned to maintain a circle of aura around the preacher. This is what I want to discuss today. My guiding question remains: are seminaries in the North America adequately preparing their students for this kind of preaching?  Read the rest of this entry »

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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Friendship, Spirituality, and Technology

Friday, January 7th, 2011 by Diane Chandler

French philosopher Rene Descartes’s famous statement, “I think, therefore I am” is being challenged in our digital age.  A more contemporary mantra might be, “I Facebook, therefore I am.”

It is estimated that 41.6% of the U.S. population has a Facebook Account, with 500 million active users worldwide.  Other social networking platforms, including Twitter and My Space, compete for networking share.  We live in a world that wants to connect.  Hands down…social networking is here to stay! Read the rest of this entry »

The Beauty of the Ordinary

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 by Dale M. Coulter

The most rewarding part of traveling for me is the time to return home. No matter how visually stimulating the sights or how interesting the people I meet, usually around day seven something clicks, like an internal homing device, and I begin to yearn for the wonderfully familiar sights, sounds, and structures of home. While others may crave the excitement of the novel, I crave the ordinary. To hear the loud sounds of my children, whether they be the joys of laughter, the tears of pain, or the bursts of anger–these to me are full of life. More than that, they are the very ingredients of life, providing its texture and flavor. Read the rest of this entry »

Deeper, Higher, More: A Search for Pragmatic Implications of the Gifts of the Spirit

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 by Antipas Harris

“What is this that makes me feel so good right now? What is this that makes folks say I am acting strange? Whatever it is, it won’t let me hold my peace.” -Unknown Songwriter from the African American tradition-

A further question– “What does this mean?”– is the question that observers pose at the first Pentecost account of the earliest church (Acts 2:12). I suggest that we continue to ask this question today! Read the rest of this entry »

Spirituality and Leadership (Part 3)

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 by Diane Chandler

Over the past few weeks, I’ve focused on spirituality and leadership by looking at David’s relationship with God.  Last week’s blog zeroed in on David’s automatic default in times of leadership crises, which was to throw himself on the hesed (love, loving kindness, mercy) of God. 

David’s spiritual rhythms of seeking God, worship, and prayer were released through his poetry and song writing.  How could someone with that amount of leadership stress and crises find time to write poetry?  Read 1 Samuel 19-22 for a snapshot of a few days in the life of God’s anointed on-the-run.  Then read 2 Samuel 8 for an overview of some of David’s military exploits after Saul’s death.  It’s difficult to imagine how someone so action-oriented could also be so reflective, as evidenced by the 150 Psalms in Scripture that are testimonials of David’s spiritual life in God. 

But what about contemporary Christian leaders?  How do we navigate the rigors of leadership, all the while growing in our spiritual communion with God? Read the rest of this entry »