Misunderstanding Tongues as “Initial Evidence” of Spirit Baptism

Classical Pentecostals typically affirm that “the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.”[1] I frequently encounter Christians, including those from Pentecostal churches, who misunderstand the intent of the “initial evidence” doctrine. Some people object to the initial evidence doctrine by saying that there […]

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, […]

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 […]

Spiritual Vitality Among PAOC Credential Holders

Following up on the October 2014 survey of PAOC credential holders, Adam Stewart and I had an article called “Spiritual Vitality Among PAOC Credential Holders” appear in the Summer 2015 issue of Enrich: The Leadership Magazine of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, p. 26-29. Click on the picture or here to view the article. *Posted here with permission.

Theological Vitality in the PAOC Today

Following up on the October 2014 survey of PAOC credential holders, Adam Stewart and I had an article called “Theological Vitality in the PAOC Today” appear in the Spring 2015 issue of Enrich: The Leadership Magazine of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, p. 12-15. Click on the picture or here to view the article. *Posted here with permission.

What do Pentecostal Clergy Believe? Observations Regarding the 2014 Survey of PAOC Credential Holders

In October 2014 Dr. Adam Stewart and I conducted a survey of PAOC (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada) credential holders that included questions regarding demographics, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours. Read more about the study here. The initial report, “Highlights from the 2014 Survey of PAOC Credential Holders,” is now available to view online. The report is […]

Is Speaking in Tongues Only for a Few? Only for the Gifted?

If speaking in tongues is a gift (1 Cor 12 and 14), then wouldn’t we think that only the gifted would be able to speak in tongues? The answer might seem to be “yes.” This possible answer might find support in Paul’s questions at the end of 1 Corinthians 12. Here, after he has said […]

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 […]

Tongues is NOT the Only Sign of Spirit Baptism

Speaking in tongues is not the only sign that a person has been baptized in the Holy Spirit. When Jesus told the disciples that he was going to baptize them in the Holy Spirit he didn’t even mention tongues. Instead, he focused on the fact that this was preparation for their ministry. He said that […]