• Excerpt from Christ-Centered: The Evangelical Nature of Pentecostal Theology

    Below is an excerpt chapter 5 of Dr. Robert Menzies’ newly published book, Christ-Centered: The Evangelical Nature of Pentecostal Theology (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2020). JESUS, INTIMACY, AND LANGUAGE My favorite noodle shop is housed in a small space below a tall building of apartments. The Muslim family that runs the shop hail from the city […]

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    Reading the Book of Revelation: Theological Reflections on the Coronavirus Pandemic

    By Robert Menzies Apocalyptic themes permeated early Pentecostal sermons and writings.  The unwavering conviction that Jesus’ return was near animated both the leaders and the foot-soldiers of the movement.[1] Nevertheless, the theology that informed this apocalyptic, “time-is-short” spirituality of our Pentecostal ancestors was not unique to them. A focus on end-time prophecy and eschatological themes […]

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  • Led by the Spirit: The History of the American Assemblies of God Missionaries in the Philippines

    Dr. Dave Johnson is an appointed missionary with the Assemblies of God and has generously made this book available as a free download.

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  • Notes on Gerd Theissen, The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form

    Title: The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form Author: Gerd Theissen (translated by John Bowden) Publisher: Fortress Press Release Date: 2007, updated edition (German original, 1986) By Robert P. Menzies – The Shadow of the Galilean is a creative attempt to illustrate the historical and social conditions of […]

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  • A Chinese New Year Celebration to Remember

    By Robert Menzies In February of this year (2019) I participated in a special Chinese New Year luncheon and evangelistic meeting hosted by the Baguio International Chinese Church (BICC) in Baguio City of The Philippines.  This event focused on local Chinese students and business people.  BICC pastor, Rev. Moontee, is the wife of APTS President […]

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  • John’s Place in the Development of Early Christian Pneumatology

    By Robert Menzies John 20:22 has held a special place in the hearts and theology of many Pentecostals. Pentecostals have traditionally pointed to this text in order to support their contention that there is a baptism in the Spirit subsequent to conversion. The pattern appeared very straight-forward: John 20:22 records a pre-ascension bestowal of the […]

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  • Review of Maynard-Reid’s Complete Evangelism: The Luke-Acts Model

    Title: Complete Evangelism: The Luke-Acts Model Author: Pedrito U. Maynard-Reid Publisher: Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1997 Release Date: Feb. 1, 1997 Pages: 176 pp., pb. In his discussion of evangelism, Maynard-Reid shifts attention from Matthew to Luke-Acts, arguing that Luke’s evangelistic model is more holistic than Matthew’s and more attentive to social concerns. The shift […]

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  • One for the Road – “An Elephant in the Room”

    An elephant in the room.  Everyone knows…but no one is talking.   It might be an indiscretion that has come to light…a terminal disease that has just been diagnosed…or information that is known – but uncomfortable to discuss.   For the early church it might have been eating food sacrificed to idols…the inclusion of the Gentiles in the church…or the relationship between law and grace.   So…what do you […]

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  • One for the Road – “Traffic Control”

    Traffic control…at the entrance to your mind.  Without it…your life will be ruined.   The Bible says that you will become what you think.  Think hate – you’ll become hateful.  Think revenge – you’ll become vengeful.  Think lust – you’ll become lustful.   That’s why you must control the traffic at the entrance to your mind.   So…it’s time for traffic school…to learn the rules.  And then be sure they are […]

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  • One for the Road – “Obstacle Courses”

    Obstacle courses.  They’re designed to slow you down…and test your patience.   Life is like that.  Try as you might…life is filled with hindrances – uncertainties – and disappointments.   It’s nothing new.  Moses faced food and water shortages.  Daniel fought lions and angry magistrates.  Paul faced stones and shipwreck.   That’s life…then and now.   So…you can dream of […]

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