‘Believing God for Spirit-Empowerment’ by Alton Garrison


 From the fall 2013 issue of Enrichment: Sadly, it appears that believers in many corners of the church are either abandoning Spirit-empowerment or have failed to access it in the first place. I fear that if the Holy Spirit were taken completely from a church, many elements of the work of that church would go on as if nothing had happened. What a travesty of what every church was meant to be. And can this also be true of our personal lives? Are many of us in our area of ministry calling churning out “Christian” activity day to day that has … Continue reading ‘Believing God for Spirit-Empowerment’ by Alton Garrison

Excerpt of ‘Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story’ by Robert P. Menzies


 In a previous post, I reviewed Robert P. Menzies new book, Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story. Enrichment, the journal I edit, has excerpted the book in its most recent issue. Here’s a taste: Pentecostals have always read Acts, and particularly the account of the Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), as a model for their lives. The stories of Acts are our stories. Pentecostals identify with these stories. This sense of connection with the text encourages us to allow the narrative to shape our lives, our hopes and dreams, and our imagination. We read them with expectation … Continue reading Excerpt of ‘Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story’ by Robert P. Menzies

Review of ‘Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story’ by Robert P. Menzies


 Robert P. Menzies, Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story (Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 2013). $14.99, 182 pages. Paperback / Kindle What is Pentecostal Christianity? There are a number of ways to answer that question. As a historian, one could outline the origins and worldwide growth of the movement over the last 100+ years of its existence. As a sociologist, one could analyze the spiritual experiences, forms of life, and social influence of Pentecostals in their various global contexts. Admitting the value of history and sociology, Robert P. Menzies nonetheless answers the question as a theologian, averring that the other … Continue reading Review of ‘Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story’ by Robert P. Menzies