• Asian Pentecostalism

    The Future of the Church in China: Why China’s House Churches will Prevail

    By Robert Menzies – If you are a Christian from North America or Europe, when you enter the Holy Trinity Church in Kunming, China, the architecture of this beautiful, stately structure will immediately remind you of home, of traditional churches in the West. It even has a steeple. The atmosphere of quiet reverence will also seem familiar to Western…


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  • One for the Road – “Capacity”

    Capacity.  That’s an important measurement.   Containers have capacity…as do elevators – airplanes – trains…to name a few.   But…here’s the question.  What is your capacity?   To forgive.  Do you stand ready always to dismiss offenses?  Or…do you hang on to wrongs?   To love.  Are you protective of your rights?  Or…do you think always of others?   To serve.  Do you make sure you get noticed and…


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  • One for the Road – “We are the Clay”

    When the clay forms the Potter.  That’s when man forms God into his own image.   This is idolatry at its worst.   Here are some examples.   The God of accommodation…when people imagine a God who adjusts his requirements to fit their desires.   The God of convenience…when people give God the time and service that fits their schedule.   The God of good feelings…when people imagine God…


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  • One for the Road – “Stain Resistors”

    Stain resistors.  They’re used to prevent soiling.   How about your soul?   Remember Lot?  “…that righteous man…was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard…”  So it was in Sodom and Gomorrah.   And…so it is with you.   The mockery of righteousness.  The ridicule of divine authority. And…the blasphemy of what is holy.  It’s what you face day by day.   So…you need…


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  • One for the Road – “Downward Spiral”

    Sometimes…things spin out of control.   What starts as an insignificant difference of opinion…escalates into an all-out battle.   And people get hurt.   This downward spiral is illustrated in Samson’s statement: “I merely did to them what they did to me.”   Back and forth…each argument more heated than the former.   What is needed is for someone to halt the downward spiral — someone to speak of…


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  • Exegetical Analysis of Acts

    A Lukan Paradigm of Witness: Community as a Form of Witness (Part II), AJPS

    A Lukan Paradigm of Witness: Community as a Form of Witness Part II by Lora Angeline B. Embudo Exegetical Analysis of Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-35 Acts 2:42 Acts 2:1-41 narrates the first episode of the outpouring of the Spirit (Pentecost…


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  • Exegetical Analysis of Acts

    A Lukan Paradigm of Witness: Community as a Form of Witness (Part I), AJPS

    A Lukan Paradigm of Witness: Community as a Form of Witness Part I by Lora Angeline B. Embudo Introduction This paper on a Lukan paradigm of witness is divided into two parts. Part I will first present a survey…


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  • ACPT

    Luke’s Understanding of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: A Pentecostal Perspective

    By Robert Menzies –  Not long ago a Chinese house church leader commented, “When Chinese believers read the book of Acts, we see in it our own experience; when foreign Christians read the book of Acts, they see in it inspiring stories.” My Chinese friend’s point was clear: their experience of opposition and persecution impacts how they read Luke’s narrative….


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  • Review of John C. Nugent, Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church

    Title: Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church Author: John C. Nugent Genre: Theology Publisher: Cascade Books Release Date: 2016 Pages: 244 Synopsis: For centuries, Christians sought to rescue people from this world. Today, we're trying to fix it. While this shift is helpful in some ways, in other ways it can be quite dangerous. Endangered Gospel flips the script on this conversation by stressing the core gospel truth that rather than ushering in a new world through social activism, God's people already are the new world in Christ. It's not our job to make this world a better place, but to be the better place God has already made in this world. That's good news! If we let go of this truth, we become servants of the world and not God. We also lose the great joy and abundant life that God intended us to have in community. Jesus himself said that the world will know we are Christians by our love for one another--not the fervor of our activism. Social action makes us feel relevant and alive, but it can't be the center of our new life in Christ. Endangered Gospel explores how we might enthusiastically embrace the social dimensions of the gospel without divorcing them from the church or forcing them on the world. Read this book, hear the gospel story afresh, and embrace the good news of God's kingdom! By Robert P. Menzies – This provocative and stimulating book highlights the central role that the church plays in God’s redemptive plan. Nugent brilliantly retells the biblical story, from creation to consummation, and describes how first Israel and then the church are called, as God’s people, to embrace, display, and proclaim God’s kingdom. Christians are not called or empowered to…


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  • One for the Road – “Nominalist”

    Nominalist.  A person who claims a name…but doesn’t live up to it.   An example would be people who identify themselves as Christians…but have little passion for righteousness.   Their devotion is nominal…at best.   Here’s a challenge.  Use a graph to indicate the highs and lows of your devotion to Christ – from your conversion to now.   How does it look?   Sadly…some people have little desire…


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