• One for the Road – “Your Life in Review”

    Your life in review.  How will it look?   The journey of life has a conclusion.  “…it is appointed unto men once to die…”   At that moment…how will your life look?   Here’s a testimony worth considering.   Joshua lived through Israel’s forty years in the wilderness…   And through the battles to inherit the Promised Land.   Here is his look back: “Every promise has been fulfilled; not one…


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  • One for the Road – “Stench”

    The stench of sin.  Try as you might…it is impossible to hide   But…people try.  Excuses – denials – blame.  It’s to no avail.   Why?  “He that covereth his sin shall not prosper.”   The stench never goes away.   Achan tried – but Joshua knew.  David tried — but Nathan knew.  Ananias tried — but Peter knew.   The stench never goes away.   Wait.  That’s not true.  “Thou…


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  • The Charasmatic Movement and Missions in Japan: Recollection and Reflection

    A Research Paper by Alex Tan (Master of Divinity Program, March 2015) Submitted to Rev. Dr. Wang Yiping in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for PT 6003 圣灵运行与普世宣教 | Ecclesia Bible College  CONTENTS Introduction Ⅰ. The Background and Characteristics of Pentecostalism A. The Rise of Pentecostalism B. The Three Waves of Pentecostalism C. The Characteristics of Pentecostalism D. The Birth…


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  • Researching a Yunnan Revival

    By Lisa Ravenhill The Miao Minority Pastor Wang Zhiming…


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  • Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul: An Attempt to Reconcile these Concepts (Youngmo Cho)

    Title: Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul: An attempt to Reconcile these Concepts Series: Paternoster Biblical Monographs Author: Youngmo Cho Genre: Theology Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub; Reprint edition (January 1, 2007) Pages: 254 (Paperback) Reviewed by Robert P. Menzies This important book was penned by a Korean Assemblies of God minister, a fine scholar who studied at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary prior to his doctoral studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. In this revised version of his Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Cho…


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  • Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China (Xi Lian)

    Title: Redeemed by Fire: The Rise of Popular Christianity in Modern China Author: Xi Lian Genre: Theology Publisher: Yale University Press (February 23, 2010) Pages: 352 pages (Hardcover) Reviewed by Robert P. Menzies Lian Xi has produced a remarkably detailed, skillfully written, and meticulously researched history of important indigenous Christian movements and leaders in modern China. Focusing on the period from the early 1900s to the present, Xi covers the True Jesus Church, the Jesus Family, the Shandong…


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  • The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology (Martin W. Mittelstadt)

    Title: The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology Series: Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement (Book 26) Author: Martin W. Mittelstadt Genre: Theology Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (October 12, 2004) Pages: 232 Reviewed by Robert P. Menzies Kunming, China Pentecostals the world over celebrate the presentness of the Kingdom of God. God’s awesome presence in our midst, his gracious willingness to bestow spiritual gifts, his desire to heal, liberate, and transform lives – all of these themes, so central…


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  • Anti-Charismatic Bias in the Chinese Union Version of the Bible

    By Robert Menzies Abstract In this article, Robert Menzies asserts that the translators of the Chinese Union Version of the New Testament deviated from their guiding principles when they translated the verb “to prophesy” (profhteÊv). They did not translate the verb consistently nor did they render it literally. The Union Version translators generally translate references to predictive…


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  • Urban Churches in China: A Pentecostal Case Study

      By Robert Menzies   Urban Churches in China: A Pentecostal Case Study One of the most striking features of contemporary China is the startling pace of its modernization, urbanization, and economic development. Strange as it may sound, this process of modernization and development may represent a major factor in creating a context conducive for the growth of Pentecostal Christianity. Ryan Dunch, in…


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  • Pentecostals in China

    By Robert Menzies  From the East coast to the West coast The wind of the Holy Spirit will blow everywhere From the East to the West The glory of the Holy Spirit will be released Good news comes from heaven Good news rings in the ear Causing dry bones to become moist Frail bones to become strong Full of the Holy Spirit, we will not turn…


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