3 Lessons from My Visit to a Pentecostal Church

We packed into our green minivan and drove into the small town at the foot of the mountains. Even though we were camping, we managed to clean off our camp smell and still arrive at the small Pentecostal church a few minutes early. Upon entering their worship space, I got the suspicion that this was […]

PAOC Clergy on Tongues and Spirit Baptism: Changing Views

Yesterday I had a journal article published: “Changing Conceptions of Speaking in Tongues and Spirit Baptism Among Canadian Pentecostal Clergy,” with Adam Stewart and Kevin Shanahan. Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity 7 (2016): 1-24. In the same volume, you can find responses to my article from PAOC General Superintendent David Wells, Randy Holm, and Van Johnson, […]

Where to Read Theology Online

On a couple occasions I’ve been asked about where one might read good theology online. Roger Olson’s Blog: This is the (only)  blog that I read most regularly. He is an evangelical Baptist, a former Pentecostal, and a significant voice for Arminian theology in the evangelical world. He writes on theological topics like, John Piper’s Christian Hedonism, […]

Reflections on the PAOC book, “NEXUS: Where Theology and Mission Meet”

In December 2015 the PAOC released another small book. Overall, I was encouraged by the key theme running through this book—theology and mission must and do meet. However, I will focus here on some specific points that stuck with me. Pentecostals and Experience There is no doubt that at the core of Pentecostalism are experiences […]

Missional Vitality and the Future of the PAOC

Following up on the October 2014 survey of PAOC credential holders, Adam Stewart and I had an article called “Missional Vitality and the Future of the PAOC” appear in the Fall 2015 issue of Enrich: The Leadership Magazine of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, p. 22-25. Click on the picture or here to view the article. *Posted here with […]

The New Canadian Pentecostals: A Fantastic New Book!

I recently read The New Canadian Pentecostals by Adam Stewart. I loved this book, so much so that I devoured it. As the title suggests, it describes changes in Pentecostal churches in Canada, specifically in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC). The book was a joy to read. One of the final chapters was my […]

More Theological Education Doesn’t Make You Less Spiritual

Dr. Adam Stewart and I recently submitted an article on “Spiritual Vitality among PAOC Credential Holders” for the forthcoming summer edition of Enrich. One thing we didn’t comment on in the article is an interesting shift regarding the spiritual practices of PAOC credential holders according to their education levels. Back in 1985/86 Carl Verge concluded […]

What is a Pentecostal?: On PAOC Pentecostal Identity

What makes a Pentecostal a Pentecostal? …particularly a PAOC Pentecostal. In the earliest days of the Pentecostal movement in Canada, most of the people attending a Pentecostal church would have spoken in tongues. In fact, the reason that many Christians joined a Pentecostal church was that they were no longer welcome in their previous churches […]

Pentecostals and Altar Calls: An Evaluation

I have just returned home from speaking at another church camp. Since altar calls are a highlight of Pentecostal camps, during the week I reflected a number of times on their value. While I appreciate the fact that some sermons don’t lend themselves to having an altar call, it seems to me (and others that […]

Worship Lessons from Visits to Orthodox and Catholic Churches

Each year for my Church history class I have my students attend either an Orthodox or Catholic worship service and write a reflection paper on their experience. As I graded their assignments (I wrote this a while ago but forgot about it) I was again struck by their observations regarding worship. These served as important […]