“The Pentecostal Church in China,” the Summer issue of ChinaSource Quarterly, is hot off the press. Robert Menzies served as the guest editor of this special issue of CSQ and he enlisted contributors Dennis Balcombe, Evan Liu, Zhang Li, Mark Barclift, and Hong and Esther Yang (see the Yang’s related blog,
A pdf of this issue is available on the website.
Asia Pacific Theological Seminary Press has added three books for free downloads, including: Luke Wesley, The Church in China: Persecuted, Pentecostal and Powerful; Stanley Horton, Reflections of an Early American Pentecostal; and Chin Khua Kwai, The Cross Among Pagodas: A History of the Assemblies of God in Myanmar.
The following article – Robert Menzies, “Pentecostal Eschatology: Why Amillennialism is a Better Fit,” Journal of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity 43.2 (2023), 118-132 – is an original manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the Journal of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in May of 2023, available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/27691616.2023.2218908.
Pentecostal Eschatology: Why Amillennialism is a Better Fit
by Robert Menzies
The eschatological perspective of our Pentecostal forebearers was shaped by a dispensational reading of the Bible. This dispensational orientation formed the apocalyptic vision of the fundamentalist (or proto-evangelical) movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the crucible in which the Pentecostal movement was forged.
 R. Menzies, The End of History: Pentecostals and a Fresh Approach to the Apocalypse (Springfield, MO: ACPT Press, 2022), 5-46.
 Timothy P. Weber, ‘Dispensational and Historic Premillennialism as Popular Millennialist Movements,’ in Craig L. Blomberg and Sung Wook Chung, eds., A Case for Historic Premillennialism: An Alternative to ‘Left Behind’ Eschatology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009), Loc 542; Grant Wacker, Heaven Below: Early Pentecostal and American Culture (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001), 251-52.Continue reading
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The Pentecostal movement is recognized around the world as a powerful and dynamic force impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people. It is changing the face of the Christian church. And in many nations, such as Korea, it is hard to overestimate its impact on the larger society. Yet, in spite of all of this, many still do not see Pentecostals as having much to offer theologically. It is a movement of experience, we are told, not doctrine. Through this website and its content, we seek to challenge this faulty assumption. Pentecostals have an important theological contribution to make to the larger church world and we want to make this fact know.Learn More