“Truth neglected in one generation is truth rejected in the next.  The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship is fostering the necessary perpetuity of Pentecostal scholarship that helps champion the full gospel message in successive generations.”

Jay Mooney
National Youth Director
Assemblies of God

 

“Through this foundation, Pentecostal scholarship will be equipped to ‘tear down strongholds’ to ‘destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God.’ I therefore warmly commend the mission of this foundation to your prayer and support.”  <read more>

Jon Mark Ruthven, PhD
Author of On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Postbiblical Miracles

 

“The establishment of the Foundation of Pentecostal Scholarship is a timely event, the sign of a maturing movement. Budding Pentecostal scholars who do not have the means to pursue their higher calling will now have an avenue to do so. I hope and pray that TFFPS will be able to realize its vision in the coming years. Congratulations to its founders!"

Simon Chan, Ph.D.
Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology
Trinity Theological College
Singapore

 
 

 

 

     FEATURES

MENZIES'S Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story WINS 2014 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Springfield, Mo.)  The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2014 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2014 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Evangel University, March 6–8. One book award and two article awards were conferred.

This year’s Book Award of Excellence went to Robert P. Menzies for his book Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story, published by Gospel Publishing House (Springfield, Mo., 2013). Menzies (PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland) is the director of Synergy, a rural development organization based in Kunming, China.  He also serves as adjunct faculty at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in the Philippines and has taught widely in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the United States and Europe.  His other books include Empowered for Witness: The Spirit in Luke-Acts; Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience; and The Language of the Spirit: Interpreting and Translating Charismatic Terms.

Two Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Paul Elbert for his essay “Acts 2:38 in Light of the Syntax of Imperative-Future Passive and Imperative-Present Participle Combinations” (Catholic Biblical Quarterly), and Randy J. Hedlun for “Rethinking Luke’s Purpose: The Effect of First-Century Social Conflict” (Journal of Pentecostal Theology).

Other books nominated for the 2014 Award of Excellence were William Atkinson’s Trinity After Pentecost (Wipf & Stock), Aaron Frieson’s Normaling the Abnormal (Wipf & Stock), Jon Ruthven’s What’s Wrong With Protestant Theology? (Word & Spirit Press), Wolfgang Vondey’s Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Brill)¸ and Joshua Zieffle’s David du Plessis and the Assemblies of God (Brill).

Essays by the following authors were also nominated for the Award of Excellence: Scott A. Ellington, Lee Roy Martin, Angel D. Santiago-Vendrell, and Donatus Pius Ukpong.

STRONSTAD'S The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke WINS 2013 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Seattle, Wash.)  The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship has conferred its 2013 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2013 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Seattle Pacific University, March 21–23. Two book awards and three article awards were conferred.

This year’s Book Award of Excellence went to Roger Stronstad for his book The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke: Trajectories from the Old Testament to Luke-Acts (2nd edition) published by Baker Academic Press (Grand Rapids, Mich., 2012). Dr. Stronstad is director and associate professor in Bible and theology at Summit Pacific College (formerly Western Pentecostal Bible College), where he has served for over thirty years. His other books include Spirit, Scripture and Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective, The Prophethood of All Believers, and Baptized and Filled with the Holy Spirit. He has also served as a co-editor and contributor on several multi-authored projects, including the Life in the Spirit Study Bible and the Life in the Spirit Commentary on the New Testament.

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Rickie D. Moore for his essay “A Pentecostal Approach to Teaching Old Testament” (in The Spirit of the Old Testament, Deo Publishing, 2011); Robert P. Menzies for “The Persecuted Prophets: A Mirror Image of Luke’s Spirit-Inspired Church” (in The Spirit and the Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology, Wm. P. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012); and John Christopher Thomas for “New Jerusalem and the Conversion of the Nations: An Exercise in Pneumatic Discernment (Rev. 21:1–22:5)” also in The Spirit and the Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology. Thomas’s The Apocalypse: A Literary and Theological Commentary (CPT Press, 2012) also won the Foundation’s Award of Merit.


New Translation Project Underway: Odette Mainville's L’esprit dans l’œuvre de Luc

(Atlanta, GA 2012) In April TFFPS obtained the rights to translate and publish Dr. Odette Mainville’s L’esprit dans l’œuvre de Luc (Héritage et Projet 45, Montréal: Fides, 1991). L’esprit is “a well written and edited version of . . . Mainville’s doctoral dissertation (under André Myre in 1989 at the University of Montreal)” (Earl Richard, review, Journal of Biblical Literature).

Richard continues, “Mainville . . . has produced a lucid reading of Luke and Acts through the optic of Acts 2:33. It is her thesis not only that this pregnant verse of Acts provides the key to understanding Luke’s treatment of the Holy Spirit but that it ‘is the climax (or interpretive axis) of Luke’s work’. . . . The first part of Acts 2:33 speaks of Jesus’ exaltation at God’s right hand (resurrection/ascension) and of his ‘having received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father’ (baptism) and so explains the protection, prophecy, and power manifest in and obtained through Jesus’ life of righteousness. The second part of the verse speaks of Jesus, now Master of the Spirit, as the one who ‘has poured out this which you both see and hear’ and so highlights the community’s baptism of the Spirit at Pentecost in view of its prophetic mission and the church’s expansion under the Spirit’s guidance.”

L’esprit has been discussed or cited by a number of New Testament scholars. Max Turner, in Power from on High: The Spirit in Israel’s Restoration and Witness in Luke-Acts (Sheffield Academic Press, 1996), engages or refers to Mainville’s work on twenty-seven pages; likewise Matthias Wenk on thirteen pages of his Community-Forming Power: The Socio-Ethical Role of the Spirit in Luke–Acts (T&T Clark, 2000). New Testament scholar Paul Elbert refers to Mainville’s work in a number of his contributions to Lukan scholarship (see Empowered Believers: The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts [2011] and “Possible Literary Links Between Luke–Acts and Pauline Letters Regarding Spirit-Language” in The Intertextuality of the Epistles: Explorations of Theory and Practice [Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006]).

TFFPS has contracted with Suzanne Spolarich to translate L’esprit into English. Suzanne is an Assemblies of God missionary-educator, currently residing in Paris. She studied from 1996 to 2002 at the University of Savoy in Chambéry, France, completing the equivalent of a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in French literature with a specialization in teaching French as a foreign language. But her love of the French language dates back to 1971, when she majored in French/Secondary Education at Mt. St. Agnes College, Baltimore, MD. Afterwards, she taught English for three years in Togo, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer. For the past 17 years she has served in France. (For more information about Suzanne, please click on her picture.) 

The translation project should be completed by 2014.


 

UPDATE: William P. Atkinson's award winning book The 'Spiritual Death' of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation is now available in paperback
(for more information please click on image)

 


Glen W. Menzies Accepts Board of Advisers Position

Dr. Glen Menzies,  Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and Dean of the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has accepted an appointment to the Foundation’s Board of Advisers.  For many years Dr. Menzies has been active in the Society for Pentecostal Studies; he has served as President of the Upper-Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). His primary interests are the New Testament and early Christianity, although he has spent considerable time exploring Pentecostal history and theology and organized the Pentecostal Issues Seminar (1998–2006) and The Laboratory (2008–Present), a forum for discussion of church issues by pastors and professors.

Dr. Menzies teaches internationally at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as an editor of the Fire Bible, as editor and translator of Joseph’s Bible Notes (Hypomnestikon Biblion Ioseppou), and is the author of articles in New Testament Studies, Old Testament Studies, Pentecostal Studies, Ecumenical Studies, and Patristics. In 2009, Dr. Menzies was the recipient of the Assemblies of God Delta Alpha Distinguished Educator Award.


Foundation's Grants Bring Chinese Scholars to the Society for Pentecostal Studies Conference

The Foundation conferred two travel grants this year that allowed two Chinese Pentecostal scholars to attend and present papers at the 2012 SPS Conference held this year in Virginia Beach at Regents University. Ho Yan Au (“Connie”) presented the paper “’Now Ye Are Clean’: Sanctification as the Formative Doctrine of Early Pentecostalism in Hong Kong” and Yeh Hsien-Chin (“Joshua Iap”) presented the paper “Bernt Berntsen: A Prominent Oneness Pentecostal Pioneer to North China.”

Copies of these papers as well as all others may be purchased from the Society at their Web site (http://www.sps-usa.org/store.html).


Craig Keener’s Miracles Wins The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship’s 2012 Award of Excellence

The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2012 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2012 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Regent University, March 1–3. One book award and three article awards were conferred.

This year’s book award went to Craig S. Keener for his book Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (2 vols.), published by Baker Academic Press (Grand Rapids, Mich.). He is also the author of the forthcoming four-volume commentary set on the Acts of  the Apostles—Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (Baker). Keener has authored 15 books and over 170 articles for journals and religious/general interest publications. Keener is a Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is an alumnus of Central Bible College (BA), the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Duke University (PhD).

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Scott A. Ellington for his essay “‘Can I Get a Witness’: The Myth of Pentecostal Orality and the Process of Traditioning in the Psalms” and Robin Routledge for his essay “‘My spirit’ in Genesis 6.1–4,” both of which appeared in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology, and R. Keith Whitt’s “Righteousness and Characteristics of Yahweh,” which appeared in the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research.

Other titles considered for the book award were William P. Atkinson’s Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Wipf & Stock), Mark Cartledge’s Testimony in the Spirit (Ashgate), Jon Ruthven’s On the Cessation of the Charismata (Word & Spirit), Gary Tyra’s The Holy Spirit in Mission (IVP Academic), Nimi Wariboko’s The Pentecostal Principle (Eerdmans), Amos Yong’s Who Is the Holy Spirit? (Paraclete), and Amos Yong’s The Spirit of Creation (Eerdmans).

TFFPS invites all scholars and publishers to bring books and published or read papers by Pentecostal/Charismatic scholars to its attention for consideration of the Foundation’s annual Awards of Excellence.

TFFPS was formed in 2005 with the goal of advancing doctoral and post-doctoral biblical scholarship by sponsoring research and publishing projects within the global Pentecostal-Charismatic family. TFFPS is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.


Eight Books by Pentecostal/ Charismatic Scholars Considered for the 2012 Award of Excellence

The Board of Advisers has considered the following books for this year's Award of Excellence:

William P. Atkinson’s Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Luke-Acts and the Dunn Debate (Pickwick Publications-Wipf and Stock Publishers)

 

Mark J. Cartledge’s Testimony in the Spirit:Rescripting Ordinary Pentecostal Theology (Ashgate Publishing)

 

Craig S. Keener’s Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Publishing Group-Baker Academic)

 

Jon Ruthven’s On the Cessation of the Charismata (updated & expanded; Word & Spirit Press)


 

Gary Tyra’s The Holy Spirit in Mission: Prophetic Speech and Action in Christian Witness (InterVarsity Press-IVP Academic)

 

Nimi Wariboko’s The Pentecostal Principle: Ethical Methodology in New Spirit (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

 

Amos Yong’s Who Is the Holy Spirit? A Walk With the Apostles (Paraclete Press)


 

Amos Yong’s The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

 

 


Board of Adviser Member William Atkinson Appointed Academic Vice Principal, Director of Research, and Senior Lecturer in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

London School of Theology (LST) announced the appointment of TFFPS board member Dr. William Atkinson to the post of Academic Vice Principal, Director of Research and Senior Lecturer in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. Chris Jack, Acting Principal, LST said, “William brings a wealth of knowledge and excellent experience to LST which I’m sure will serve the college well. Having a new Academic Vice Principal adds additional rigour and strength to the leadership as we seek to grow our work at the heart of theological education.” 

Dr. Atkinson has for the last four years ministered in the Elim Pentecostal Church in Braintree, Essex, where his wife Alison continues as minister. He has a degree in medicine from Edinburgh University, an MA from LST and a PhD in theology from Edinburgh. His PhD researched an aspect of the Word-faith movement. He has written three books and several articles for academic journals. His book The “Spiritual Death” of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation, published in 2009, won the annual book award from The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship.  His Baptism in the Spirit: Luke-Acts and the Dunn Debate was published in 2011.

That LST has appointed a Pentecostal to such a senior academic role and has created a senior lectureship in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies is a great step forward for British Pentecostalism and its capacity to offer an academic voice in the wider Christian world.


TFFPS Board of Adviser Member William Menzies Passes

The Rev. Dr. William W. "Bill" Menzies, 80, longtime Assemblies of God educator, went to be with the Lord on Aug.15, 2011, in Springfield, Mo., following a three-month illness.

In 1970 Bill, along with Vinson Synan and Horace Ward, organized the Society for Pentecostal Studies, an academic society that regularly attracts hundreds of scholars to its annual meetings. Bill served as the first president of SPS and the first editor of its journal, Pneuma. Bill also served on the Board of Advisers of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship since its founding in 2005.

In 1968 Bill earned a Ph.D. in American Church History from the University of Iowa. His Ph.D. dissertation formed the basis of his influential history of the Assemblies of God, Anointed to Serve. In 2000, he co-authored with his son Robert Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience. An ordained minister of the Assemblies of God for 55 years, Bill was the author of nine books and dozens of articles. In addition, a Festschrift, Pentecostalism in Context, was written in his honor.

Bill is survived by two sons, Dr. Glen Menzies and Dr. Robert Menzies and their families.


TFFPS Board Member William P. Atkinson Publishes Book on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and Pentecostal Responses to James D. G. Dunn's 1970 Seminal Work 

From the Foreword: In 1970, James D. G. Dunn’s University of Cambridge PhD dissertation was published as Baptism in the Holy Spirit, beginning the debate that is the subject of this book. For over a decade, it lay neglected by Pente- costals as they were nonresponsive to Dunn’s thesis that the baptism in the Holy Spirit occurred at and, in fact, effected conversion in the believer. That changed in 1984 with the emergence of the next generation of Pentecostal scholars and, particularly, with the publication of Roger Stronstad’s The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke. The strong works of Robert P. Menzies and James B. Shelton would shortly follow. Also in 1984, Howard M. Ervin weighed in again with a seriatim response to Dunn’s work. On the other side of the Atlantic, David Petts and the early Max Turner would make important contributions to the debate with Dunn. 

These scholars, and more, you are about to meet through this excellent work of the Rev. Dr. William P. Atkinson, Associate Research Fellow at the London School of Theology and Associate Minister of Braintree Elim Pentecostal Church (United Kingdom).

It gives me great pleasure to introduce to North American biblical scholarship the author of the award winning The ‘Spiritual-Death’ of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2009). With equally thorough research, careful analysis, and nuanced commentary, Dr. Atkinson has now turned his pen to this debate with Dunn, which is still lively after forty years. . . .

Through this work, Atkinson demonstrates that Luke taught that new believers should expect and receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which provides power to witness and serve, and they should receive urgent attention if it is not forthcoming. With this new contribution to Pentecostal literature, I see no reason why any Christian leader would oppose such an experience. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is biblical, reasonable, and responsible. This may not have been clear in 1970; it most certainly is now.

                                          —Robert W. Graves, President The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship


Foundation Announces 2011 Award of Excellence Winners

Book Category:

(Memphis, Tenn.)  The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship conferred its 2011 Awards of Excellence for Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2011 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening in Memphis. One book award and three article awards were given.

This year’s book award went to Martin William Mittelstadt for his book Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition, published by CPT Press (Cleveland, Tenn.). Mittelstadt is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Evangel University (Assemblies of God) in Springfield, Mo. He is also the author of The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology (London: T&T Clark, 2004), which was the subject of a roundtable discussion of the 2005 Society for Pentecostal Studies conference, and co-editor with Geoff Sutton of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration: Multidisciplinary Studies from a Pentecostal Perspective (Portland: Wipf & Stock, 2010).

The book award comes with a $500 honorarium.

Other titles nominated for the award were Paul King’s Only Believe (Word & Spirit Press), Henry Lederle’s Theology With Spirit (Word & Spirit Press), Bradley Noel’s Pentecostal and Postmodern Hermeneutics (Wipf & Stock), Vinson Synan’s An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit (Baker/Chosen Books), Del Tarr’s The Foolishness of God (The Access Group/GPH), Keith Warrington’s The Message of the Holy Spirit (IVP), and John Wyckoff’s Pneuma and Logos (Wipf & Stock). See nomination announcements below.  

Article Category:

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Jordan D. May for his essay “Is Luke a Reader-Response Critic? Luke’s Aesthetic Trajectory of Isaiah 49.6 in Acts 13.47,” Robert P. Menzies for “The Sending of the Seventy and Luke’s Purpose,” and Roger Stronstad for “On Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit: A Lukan Emphasis.” All appeared in Trajectories in the Book of Acts: Essays in Honor of John Wesley Wyckoff (Eugene, Oreg.: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010). Nine other essays were nominated. The article awards come with a $100 honorarium.


Eight Books by Pentecostal/ Charismatic Scholars Nominated for the 2011 Award of Excellence

The Board of Advisers has nominated the following books for this year's Award of Excellence:

  • Paul L. King's Only Believe: Examining the Origin and Development of Classic and Contemporary Word of Faith Theologies (Word & Spirit Press)

 

  • Henry I. Lederle's Theology With Spirit: The Future of the Pentecostal & Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century (Word & Spirit Press)

 

  • Martin William Mittelstadt's Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition (CPT Press)

 

  • Bradley Truman Noel's Pentecostal and Postmodern Hermeneutics: Comparisons and Contemporary Impact (Wipf & Stock Publishers)

 

  • Vinson Synan's An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit (Chosen Books - Baker Publishing Group)

 

  • Del Tarr's The Foolishness of God: A Linguist Looks at the Mystery of Tongues (The Access Group)

 

  • Keith Warrington's The Message of the Holy Spirit: The Spirit of Encounter (InterVarsity Press)

 

  • John W. Wyckoff's Pneuma and Logos: The Role of the Spirit in Biblical Hermeneutics (Wipf & Stock Publishers)                              

This year's winner will be announced at the March 2011 Society for Pentecostal Studies Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. (Article/essay nominations to be posted at a later date.)
 


 

Important Pentecostal Works in the Chinese Language Have Been Shipped!

The Foundation received the following e-mail from the missionary-scholar spearheading this project: "I am pleased to announce that 75 sets of four key books which present Pentecostal Theology in a positive light have been mailed to key Chinese language seminaries throughout the region.  A friend in Hong Kong who has been assisting us with this project just sent this wonderful news to me today!  

Each set that we mailed to 75 various institutions included . . . :  

One copy of the Chinese editions of the following four books:  

·      The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke by Roger Stronstad

·      Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience by Robert and William Menzies

·      Pentecostal Foundations by A. Zhuang (originally written in Chinese)

·      Spirit-Baptism in Pentecostal Perspective by Joshua Iap (originally written in Chinese)"

As you may remember, our original goal was to send 300 packages to seminary and Bible college libraries in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. Unfortunately, we were only able to fund 75. Will you consider praying about supporting this project to completion? To learn more about this project and to donate toward it, please scroll down to the original announcement below.

The Foundation has already received several "thank you" notes from libraries that received the books. If you donated toward this project, consider those thank you's  yours!

 

***SPECIAL NOTICE*** Four and a half years in the making, the Gonzalo Haya-Prats Translation Project--“El Espiritu Santo en los Hechos de los Apostoles” (“The Holy Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles”) is now completed.

 


 

Empowered Believers: The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts

This thesis by Gonzalo Haya-Prats, written in the Catholic interpretive tradition under the supervision of Johannine scholar Ignace de la Potterie at the Gregorian University in Rome, reflects a faith tradition that historically remained open to the miraculous and resisted regulations on activities of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts. Accordingly, Haya-Prats interprets the workings of the Spirit from a perspective of narrative sensitivity. He is deliberately diligent to exercise due care so as not to obscure narrative flow and connectivity, despite any ecclesial or interpretive  precedents which might be of influence to the contrary. His exegetical method is to let the original meaning be discerned and discovered according to the author’s intention as closely as possible. With this sound interpretive approach Haya-Prats achieves a remarkable degree of freshness and insightful vision that all readers of Luke-Acts will welcome. This English version is made more accessible by including translations of all contemporary foreign languages.  

The volume is edited by Paul Elbert, who offers occasional explanatory notes which engage current scholarship relevant to Haya-Prats’ presentation. Students and scholars alike should find this timely and thoughtful thesis to be a valuable and long-lasting contribution to New Testament studies.
(Cover art image: 11th century fresco of the evangelist and doctor Luke symbolised as a bull holding his gospel in the UNESCO listed frescos of the ancient basilica of Aquileia in Italy.)

The book is a quality paperback, 316 pages, and retails for $35. (If you purchase your copy for $35 from the Foundation, you will receive a tax deductible contribution credit of $12. Make out your check to TFFPS and mail to TFFPS; 1030 Atherton Lane; Suite 100; Woodstock, GA 30189; include shipping address if different than address on check. For overseas shipping, please add $14.)

Please Read About Our Most Important Project To Date

The Chinese Pentecostal Library Project—Promoting Pentecostal Theology in the Chinese- Speaking World

Each day in China 28,000 people enter a Christ-less eternity. A sustained Pentecostal revival is needed to stop this hemorrhaging of souls in this nation of 1.3 billion people. Your help is vital.

Observers of the Chinese church, particularly the burgeoning house church movement, have been impressed by its vitality and largely Pentecostal orientation. However, the Chinese church is entering a new era, one marked by fresh opportunities and unique challenges.  

The house churches in China are rapidly emerging from a period of forced isolation (praise God!) and are now actively interacting with Christians from other parts of the world. As they interact with these Christians, Chinese Pentecostals are often confronted with new theological perspectives and different approaches to the Bible. New questions are being raised which demand fresh answers. Generally, this interaction represents a healthy development.  

There is, however, a potential downside to this new opening for the Chinese church. Their Pentecostal experience and theology are often criticized and called into question by their new friends. This is particularly the case in the scholarly books many Chinese Christians are beginning to read, books that obscure or berate the possibility of a Pentecostal empowerment for believers. The problem is the lack of scholarly material that is supportive of Pentecostal theology and practice.  

With this need in view, The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, in conjunction with friends serving in China, would like to publish and/or distribute to a wider audience a number of scholarly Pentecostal books that are currently available in Chinese. The goal is to make these important books available to key Chinese Bible schools, libraries, and church groups throughout the region (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia).

We at The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship ask that you prayerfully consider supporting this project. The total anticipated cost is only $10,000. If just a few of you would give $500 or $1,000 toward this project, we could complete it in 2010. Here are the goals:

            •$2,500 – Printing of 300–500 copies of Chinese Spirit and Power*

            •$1,000 – Purchase 100 Chinese Charismatic Theology of St. Luke

            •$1,000 – Purchase 100 of Aaron Zhuang's book on Pentecostal 

                            Theology

            •$1,000 – Purchase 100 of Joshua Iap’s book on Spirit-Baptism

            •$2,500 – Translation and printing of 500 copies of Translating

                             Charismatic Terms*

            •$2,000 – Distribution of books to key institutions  

 

There are 100 million Christians in China. Eighty million of these are Pentecostal/ Charismatics. This project offers us a chance to support our brothers and sisters there and to insure that the message of the power of Pentecost is not diluted or erased in these formative years but that it will continue to be preached and taught in the higher circles of Chinese academia.

All officers and board members of the Foundation are volunteers. Every cent of your contribution will go toward the financing of this project. (*Menzies will not accept any royalties from the sales of his books.) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, Inc., is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Your contribution is tax-deductible.

You may give toward this project by clicking on the PayPal link or mailing your check to the address below:  


The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (or TFFPS)
1030 Atherton Lane
, Suite 100
Woodstock, GA 30189

(you may make checks payable to TFFPS)


Board of Advisers Member John Wyckoff Honored with Festschrift

Colleagues, friends, and former students honored Dr. John Wyckoff, professor of Bible and Theology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU), with the publication of Trajectories in the Book of Acts: Essays in Honor of John Wesley Wyckoff (edited by Paul Alexander, Jordan Daniel May, and Robert G. Reid)  Dr. Wyckoff has served SAGU for 35 years, where he is the Graduate Chair for Theological Studies and Professor of Bible and Theology in the Harrison School of Graduate Studies.  

Fifteen scholars contributed to the Festschrift, including Robert Menzies, Roger Stronstad, Craig Keener, Rob Starner, James Hernando, Janet Meyer Everts, and James Shelton. The book is published by Wipf and Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon.  

From the back cover: "The book of Acts has served as the foundational biblical text for the development of Pentecostal theology and biblical studies since the outpouring of the Spirit at the Azuza Street Revival in 1906. Now, over one hundred years have passed since the Azuza Street Revival and the book of Acts is still at the forefront of the Pentecostal dialogue. Trajectories in the Book Acts draws together the work of leading Pentecostal scholars each bringing their expertise to bear in tracing and developing trajectories in Acts. These essays have been brought together as a Festschrift in order to celebrate the influence, scholarship, and teaching career of John Wesley Wyckoff, a noted figure in the Assemblies of God and a known voice in the Pentecostal dialogue."  

Our congratulations to John on this honor.


Foundation Announces 2010 Award of Excellence Winners 

Book Category:

(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.)  The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) conferred its 2010 Awards of Excellence for Pentecostal scholarship. Dr. Janet Myers, member of the Board of Advisers, announced the awards during the 2010 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies at North Central University. One book award and two article awards were given.

This year’s book award went to William P. Atkinson for his book The ‘Spiritual Death’ of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation, published by Brill (Leiden, The Netherlands). Atkinson’s work is the first volume in Brill’s Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies series and is a slightly edited version of his doctoral dissertation completed at the University of Edinburgh (scroll down for more information about the book). Atkinson gained a Master’s Degree in Theology from the London School of Theology. His thesis examining Pentecostal responses to James D. G. Dunn’s book on the baptism in the Holy Spirit was published serially in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology and is being updated and expanded for future publication. Atkinson is an Associate Research Fellow at the London School of Theology and a member of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship’s Board of Advisers.

      

Other titles nominated for the award were Lee Roy Martin’s The Unheard Voice of God (DEO Publishing, Dorset, UK), Graham Twelftree’s People of the Spirit: Exploring Luke’s View of the Church (SPCK and Baker Academic), and Keith Warrington’s Pentecostal Theology: A Theology of Encounter (T & T Clark, London).  

Article Category:

Two Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: 

David M. Allen for “‘The Forgotten Spirit’: A Pentecostal Reading of the Letter to the Hebrews?” which appeared in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology (Chris Thomas, editor; Brill); and Kenneth Bass for “The Narrative and Rhetorical Use of Divine Necessity in Luke-Acts,” which appeared in the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research (Paul Elbert, editor; Wipf & Stock Publishers)--see article directly below.


TFFPS Welcomes Debut of the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research with a $1,000 Promotional Grant

From the forthcoming inaugural issue: "The Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research(JBPR) is an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to contextually and rhetorically minded exegesis of biblical and related texts. Topics include theological and pneumatological interpretation; the role of spiritual experience within authorial, canonical, and historical contexts; exploration of creative and prophetic activities of Ruach Yahweh, Ruach Elohim; and various identifications of the Holy Spirit within narrative contexts. We would also hope to illuminate the influence of interpretive presuppositions and bring to the fore the divine nature and action of the Spirit as a person. The journal thereby hopes to stimulate new narrative-critical exploration and discovery in potentially under-explored areas of research."--Paul Elbert, Editor. The journal has received a $1,000 grant from the Foundation for promotion and support.  Click here to see the SBL ad.

For subscription information go to: http://wipfandstock.com/journals/jbpr


The Spiritual Death of Jesus Doctrine of the Word-faith Movement Investigated

Leiden (The Netherlands) publisher Brill has published TFFPS advisory board member William P. Atkinson's The 'Spiritual Death' of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation. The book is a slightly revised version of Atkinson's doctoral dissertation performed at the University of Edinburgh.

That Jesus died spiritually (JDS) originated with E. W. Kenyon and is a teaching of Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland. According to the three elements of this teaching, Jesus, in his death, was separated from God, partook of a satanic nature, and became Satan's prey.

Atkinson's theological appraisal takes research much further than previous works, both in method and in scope. It concludes that adoption of JDS by Pentecostalism would be damaging in several respects, and thus draw the latter away from its moorings in traditional Christianity. (adapted from the back cover)


Grant Awarded for Carrie Judd Montgomery Research

TFFPS has awarded University of Birmingham (UK) student Jennifer Miskov a grant of $1,500 for doctoral-level research into the life and theology of Carrie Judd Montgomery.

In the late 1800s, Montgomery was influential in the divine healing movement in America. After her Spirit baptism experience, she became close friends or acquaintances with William Seymour, A. B. Simpson, Aimee Semple McPherson, Maria Woodworth Etter, and many other prominent figures. For more information about Montgomery, please visit Miskov's blog (click on picture). Also, Miskov has just released her first book. Please click on the image below to learn more about Silver to Gold. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward Miskov's PhD expenses. 

 

 

Grant Awarded for the Seymour Afro-Pentecostal Archive Project (SAPA)

William Joseph Seymour (1870-1922) was the leading figure of the 1906 Azusa Street Revival (see TFFPS's secretary Scott Johnson's report, click on picture). This project seeks to identify, verify, and collect primary and secondary archival material and create a database of these resources for historical research. It will establish a searchable electronic catalog of the materials, including books, sermons, periodicals, articles, tracts, hymnals, music, photographs, bulletins, manuals, and vital statistics records.

TFFPS has awarded a grant of $1,500 for the creation of the project's Web site. This effort is being spearheaded by Dr. Estrelda Alexander of Regent University, who serves as the Executive Director of The Seymour Project. SAPA is a collaborative effort of Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia), Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center (Springfield, Missouri), Dixon Research Center (Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee), and the Holy Spirit Research Center (Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma)


2009 Recipients of the Award of Excellence 

Book Category:

This year’s book award goes to Gordon D. Fee for his book Galatians from the Pentecostal Commentary Series (John Christopher Thomas, general editor), published by Deo Publishing (Dorset, UK). Fee, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada, is an expert on New Testament textual criticism and exegesis. His other books include How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth and God’s Empowering Presence. 

Fee needs no introduction either within or outside the Pentecostal tradition. With his customary exemplary scholarship, at once erudite and accessible, in Galatians he meets the demands of “Pentecostal Commentary” following the format of this series. An introduction situating Paul’s key letter in time and space is followed by a detailed discussion of each section of the letter, verse-by-verse commentary, and a theological discussion with challenging questions for individual or group study. Not only does this work function as a reference work--to see what authoritative comment “Fee” has to make on a particular text in Galatians--but it is a thoroughly readable book which can simply be read straight through. It provides an illuminating account of Paul’s message to the Galatian community, opening up the text to the modern reader. A $500 honorarium accompanies this award.

Other Nominees

were Paul Elbert’s Pastoral Letter to Theo: An Introduction to Interpretation and Women’s Ministries (Wipf and Stock Publishers); J. P. Moreland's Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit's Power; and Robby Waddell’s The Spirit of the Book of Revelation (Deo Publishing).

Pastoral Letter to Theo addresses some of the fundamental concerns of recent research into biblical interpretation by Adele Berlin and Kenneth Archer. It also takes into account the communicative literary and rhetorical techniques that were prominent in the Greco-Roman world when the New Testament documents were composed. Elbert suggests that attention to levels of context, plot, repetition, and characterization or personification comprise a proper method for understanding a New Testament writer's original meaning and intent.

Generally, the potentially groundbreaking thesis in much of Elbert's work is for a literary link between the "Spirit" language in Paul's letters and the later narrative of Luke-Acts. Specifically, A Pastoral Letter to Theo reflects heartfelt, pastoral concerns based on detailed contextual study of early Christianity and Christian experience. The book contextually examines in detail several passages pertaining to the ministry of women in missionary-minded early Christianity and concludes that this ministry was thought to be vital for the evangelistic enterprise.

Kingdom Triangle  is a penetrating analysis and critique of Western society’s dominant worldviews, naturalism and postmodernism, which have also influenced the church. Moreland issues a bold call to reclaim powerful kingdom living, which would include the full complement of spiritual gifts, and influence through recovery of the Christian mind, renovation of Christian spirituality, and restoration of the Holy Spirit’s power.

The Spirit of the Book of Revelation investigates the role of the Spirit in Revelation, which the author considers is best defined as the Spirit of Prophecy. A survey of scholarship on the pneumatology of the Apocalypse is followed by a study of intertextual connections. Waddell’s own religious context within Pentecostalism then informs a possible hermeneutic that is faithful to the ethos of the movement. Biblical and literary studies are situated within the context of a Pentecostal community as attention is paid to the prophecy concerning the temple and the witnesses in Rev 11. This key passage is shown to form the theological as well as the literary center of the Spirit’s role in Revelation.  

2009 Article Category Award Winners:

Three Awards of Excellence for short works (with $100 honorariums) were conferred this year to the following scholars: 

Robert P. Menzies for “Acts 2.17–21: A Paradigm for Pentecostal Mission,” which appeared in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology

 

 

 

Julie C. Ma for “Changing Images: Women in Asian Pentecostalism,” which appeared in Philip’s Daughters: Women in Pentecostal-Charismatic Leadership (Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications, a division of Wipf and Stock Publishers; and 

Janet Meyer Everts for “Pentecostalism 101,” also in Philip’s Daughters.

Kudos to Dr. David Orton and Deo Publishing

The Pentecostal movement owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. David E. Orton, director and owner of Deo Publishing, for Deo’s commitment to publish quality Pentecostal scholarship. The Foundation’s 2007 Award of Excellence was awarded to Deo’s Pentecostal Healing: Models in Theology and Practice (deopublishing.com/alexander.htm) by Kimberly Ervin Alexander. As seen above, two of Deo’s titles have been nominated for the 2009 Award of Excellence. To see other Deo titles, go to deopublishing.com. The Foundation encourages all of those interested in Pentecostal scholarship to support Deo in its efforts to serve the Pentecostal movement by providing this invaluable venue of scholarship. (Above right, Dr. Orton at Duke University, 2008 Society for Pentecostal Studies conference)


2008 Awards of Excellence in Pentecostal Scholarship

The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its “Award of Excellence” for the best article of 2008. TFFPS co-founder and president, Robert W. Graves, announced the award during the 2008 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Professor Kenneth J. Archer, of the Church of God Theological Seminary, received the award for his article “A Pentecostal Way of Doing Theology: Method and Manner” (International Journal of Systematic Theology, July 2007). The article emphasizes the necessity of doing Pentecostal theology by means of an integrative methodology and in a narrative manner that flows out of Pentecostal identity. Archer argues that “Pentecostal theology must move beyond the impasse created by subsuming its identity under the rubric of ‘Evangelical’ in order for it to articulate a vibrant, fully orbed, mature Pentecostal theology.”

Graves also announced that the Foundation conferred a $1,000 research grant to Professor Archer to pursue his project “Worshipful Witness: A Pentecostal Theology of the Five-Fold Gospel,” a book-length elaboration of the award-winning article. “Worshipful Witness,” according to Archer, will provide a formative Pentecostal theology for the training of ministers, the (re)shaping of Pentecostal communal identity, and the critical engaging of contemporary Pentecostal theology. The eventual monograph will enter into serious dialogue with current and diverse academic works as well as engage academic Pentecostal publications.


2007 Awards of Excellence Conferred

The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2007 Awards of Excellence for Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert W. Graves, announced the awards during the Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies at Lee University. Two book awards and one article award were given. This year’s book award voting resulted in a tie between Pentecostal Healing: Models in Theology and Practice by Kimberly Ervin Alexander, an Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at the Church of God Theological Seminary, and Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul: An Attempt to Reconcile These Concepts, by Youngmo Cho, an Assemblies of God missionary and assistant professor of New Testament studies at Asia LIFE University (Seoul, Korea).   <more>


2006 Awards of Excellence Conferred

TFFPS conferred Awards of Excellence to four Pentecostal scholars . . . Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?: A

Call to Use God’s Gift of the Intellect wins in book category. <more>

TFFPS’s First Grant Conferred

Lukan scholar presenting paper at SPS conference is the recipient of the Foundation’s first grant. <more>

 

 

Walking Azusa Street

Scott Johnson, Secretary of TFFPS, filed this report about

the historic centennial celebration
of the Pentecostal revival that started on Azusa Street  <more>

Haya-Prats Translation Underway

TFFPS has inked contracts with Gonzalo Haya-Prats, ThD, and Scott A. Ellington, PhD, for the translation of Haya Prats’ classic work on the Holy Spirit in Acts. <more>

 

Top Pentecostal Books

The president of TFFPS shares his picks for the top ten books substantiating the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the continuation of the gifts of the Spirit. <more>

 

                                         

                                         

 
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