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The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life: A Review of the Inaugural Volume of CHARIS

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by L. William Oliverio Jr.

ShowJacketThe Holy Spirit and the Christian Life: Historical, Interdisciplinary, and Renewal Perspectives. CHARIS: Christianity and Renewal – Interdisciplinary Studies 1. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), edited by Wolfgang Vondey. ISBN 978-1-137-37812-5. 

A compilation of eleven essays, The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life is the inaugural volume of a new series titled CHARIS: Christianity and Renewal-Interdiscplinary Studies. This series, with its interdisciplinary focus, joins several other existing series on pentecostal and charismatic, or renewal, studies, that have been published by a high quality academic press, in this case Palgrave Macmillan. CHARIS is edited by Wolfgang Vondey (Regent University) and Amos Yong (Fuller Seminary), two leading theologians from the charismatic-pentecostal guild who have utilized interdisciplinary approaches in their own writings. Vondey edits, introduces and provides a conclusion to this volume, while Yong offers an afterword. Although some might have the impression that interdisciplinary projects necessitate breaking with traditions, the historical emphasis of this collection demonstrates otherwise! Read the rest of this entry »

From the Areopagus to Alphacrusis: Down Under Renewal

Monday, July 15th, 2013 by Amos Yong

Australian flag continentalMy first visit to the continent of Australia was a memorable one. It included preaching at the Wesley International Congregation in the Central Business District (CBD) of Sydney (underneath the Westfield mall and the Sydney Tower) to a pan-Asian/multicultural, youthful, and charismatic congregation, and being hosted by Alphacrusis College in the Sydney suburbs for an Empowered 21 scholars’ consultation on Asian Pentecostalism and then a two-day conference on “Pentecostal Theology & the Marketplace.” I also got to visit my auntie (my mother’s sister) who I had not seen in over forty years: she had come to Sydney from Malaysia as a teenager in a nursing program in the early 1970s (when Australia had a shortage of nurses and sponsored them in from around the Pacific Rim), and my family emigrated from Malaysia shortly thereafter to the USA. The initial forces of globalization had taken her southeast and me and my family to America. Migration for us both at that time seemed to have taken us to the ends of the earth, although my trip Down Under this time around can be seen also as going from one end to another. Read the rest of this entry »