Everything Happens for a Reason…and Other Lies I’ve Loved

Review of a book by Kate Bowler

Do we always get what we want in life? Do we get to choose the length of our days? Kate Bowler is a wife, mom, friend, daughter, author, professor, and recent recipient of the news she has incurable Stage IV cancer. In her book Everything Happens for a Reason, she reminds us that we don’t. And it’s not because God doesn’t care […]

Which book cover do you like best?

I was a little surprised yesterday when the publisher for my next book sent me 12 different options for my book cover. I thought they might send me a few options. By contrast, when I’ve published academic books, I’ve had no input into the book cover. I’ve narrowed down the options to 6, but I would love to hear which cover you like best.

What is Pentecostal Pneumatology? Can You Help Me Out?

Holy Spirit Pentecost small question mark

A few months ago, I signed a contract to write the chapter on “Pneumatology” for the Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology. Wolfgang Vondey is editing the handbook. As I prepare to write the essay, I’m wondering if you might be able to help me out. What is Pentecostal pneumatology? But, here’s the kicker […]

Speaking in Tongues as Encoded Spiritual Information (Non-Language)

Speaking in Tongues Encoding Information

Linguists who analyze glossolalia (speaking in tongues) generally conclude that in many cases it does not fully meet the characteristics of human language. Critics sometimes use this finding to dismiss tongues completely. In contrast, an examination of what constitutes spiritual information can help us affirm tongues as Spirit-enabled communication […]

Pentecostal Women in Ministry: Ambiguity and Affirmation in the PAOC

Pentecostal Preaching Woman

Some Pentecostals are proud to say that Pentecostals affirm women in ministry. They might point to the leadership of the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles (one of the most influential centers of early North American Pentecostalism), where about half of the leaders were women. As Pentecostal denominations formed, some churches continued to give prominent place to women leaders. Most, however, placed restrictions on women’s ministry and leadership in some form […]

Resources on the Meaning of Pentecost (May 20) and Spirit Baptism

Holy Spirit Dove

About a year ago, I wrote a post, “Should Pentecostals talk about the Spirit on Pentecost Sunday?” Given that Pentecost Sunday is approaching soon, I thought I would put together a list of links to some of my resources that address Pentecost specifically as well as the closely related topic of Spirit baptism. Blog posts: […]