Review of ‘Global Witness to Pentecost’ by Jordan Daniel May


 Jordan Daniel May, Global Witness to Pentecost: The Testimony of ‘Other Tongues’ (Cleveland, TN: Cherohala Press, 2013). $12.95, 152 pages. Paperback / Kindle One of the hallmarks of Pentecostalism is speaking in tongues, a practice first recorded in Acts 2:4: “All of them [i.e., the disciples of Jesus] were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (NIV). In Greek, the word translated “tongues” is glossais. The NIV marginal note lists “languages” as an alternative translation. In Acts 2:6, Luke notes that the crowd “heard their own language being spoken,” where … Continue reading Review of ‘Global Witness to Pentecost’ by Jordan Daniel May

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