In this first volume of the Discipling Pentecostals series, Lee Roy Martin gives to us a rich, scriptural, and decidedly Pentecostal understanding of the vital prayer life of a Christian disciple. A Praying People is a journey into the transformative power of passionate praying!
In week One we are shown the absolute priority of praying to the Father in heaven—about everything. Week Two explores the various purposes of praying. In week Three, Dr. Martin teaches us the practical methods of praying with spiritual power that is truly Pentecostal in nature. Finally, Week Four provides the disciple of Christ a usable understanding of the practice of praying. A Praying People is the key which unlocks the door to the other five, powerful volumes in the Discipling Pentecostals series.
When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He announced the arrival of His kingdom; and He revealed the radical nature and character of Kingdom living. As citizens of the Kingdom, Christians are blessed and happy when they live according to the eight teachings of Jesus that we call the Beatitudes. These Kingdom blessings are the key to finding the abundant life that Jesus gives (John 10:10). Through the Beatitudes, Jesus explains that God’s people do not behave like the world, and they do not judge the quality of life according to the standards of the world.
Christians are expected to become disciples of Jesus Christ, which means they embody His character and attributes. This study will challenge all believers to engage in deep self-examination and to refocus on the important goal of following Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2). The Beatitudes point us in the direction of the full and happy life that everyone desires. This study offers practical insight for every Christian who desires a deep and fulfilling relationship with God and healthy relationships with other people.
For most Pentecostal churches, the altar call is the central event of the worship service. Sinners are encouraged to come forward to the altar to "pray through" to salvation. Believers are encouraged to come to the altar to pray for sanctification, or to "pray through" to the baptism in the Holy Spirit. During the altar service, those who are sick, or otherwise in need, are encouraged to come to the altar. There the church elders will anoint with oil, lay their hands upon the sick, and pray for healing.
In this ground-breaking work, Daniel Alvarez draws upon his significant pastoral experience and his academic training to develop a Pentecostal theology of immigration. Seeking to place the concepts of mestizaje (‘intermixture’) and hibridez (‘racial and cultural intermixture’) into conversation in order to construct a pneumatological approach to the issue of immigration; specifically, undocumented immigration. Through dialogue with mestizaje the author seeks to come to terms with undocumented immigration and to propose a genesis of a theology of undocumented immigration....
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In this unique study, Tom Biller provides both a Christian perspective on the use of medication and up-to-date scientific information about psychotropic medication that will help Christians accept medications as appropriate treatment for mental illness. Society has often operated with a division between ‘real’ physical illnesses and mental illnesses, but this book explains that such a division is artificial. This book reveals that the physiological principles that allow successful treatment of asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and other medical conditions also work to treat psychiatric conditions. In addition to the clear explanation of how medications work, Biller provides extensive guidelines on the value and limitation of specific medications.
The book is a resource for Christian counselors, pastoral counselors, and secular counselors who work with Christian patients in a clinical setting. Additionally, any person with an interest in mental health treatment who would like to have an introductory book providing information about psychotropic medication could benefit from this book.
Owen (Tom) A. Biller (EdD, PhD, FICPPM/FACAPP/FSICPP) is Associate Professor of Counseling at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN USA. He is a Clinical and Counseling Health Service Provider, Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Master Diplomate-Fellow in Psychopharmacology of the Prescribing Psychologists’ Register, Fellow American College of Advanced Practice Psychologists, and Diplomate-Fellow in Forensic Psychology by the International College of Professional Psychology.
In her new book, Visions of God in Ezekiel, Rebecca Basdeo Hill examines the connection between the glory of YHWH and the holiness of YHWH in the book of Ezekiel. Focusing primarily on Ezekiel’s three major visions found in chapters 1-3, 8-11, and 40-48, Dr. Hill unveils the beauty of YHWH’s glory and holiness. She develops and proposes a Pentecostal hermeneutic of ‘seeing’ and ‘hearing’ as a critically informed and appropriate strategy for biblical interpretation. The conclusion of this research states that (1) the presence and absence of YHWH is the presence and absence of YHWH’s holiness; (2) an encounter with the glory of YHWH is an encounter with the holiness of YHWH; (3) the glory and holiness of YHWH depict the sovereignty and power of YHWH; (4) experiencing the glory and holiness of YHWH require seeing and hearing the word of YHWH; (5) the Spirit of YHWH gives access to YHWH’s holy presence; (6) disregarding the holiness of YHWH and the holy things of YHWH is a willful breach of the glorious presence of YHWH; (7) YHWH will depart when we violate YHWH’s holy splendor; (8) YHWH manifests his glory and holiness in his judgment of us; (9) YHWH demonstrates his glory and holiness in his salvation and love for us; and (10) YHWH’s holy presence is immediate, near, and universal. Visions of God in Ezekiel is available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle formats.
Rebecca Basdeo Hill is a Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, USA. She is a native of Trinidad, where she grew up in a pastor’s home. Her education includes the BA from Lee University, the MDiv from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and the DTh from the University of South Africa. She is married to Jason Hill, and they have served together as youth pastors.
Cheryl Johns, a professor at Pentecostal Theological Seminary, takes a theological approach to menopause in this encouraging study. She argues that menopause is a developmental process that opens the door to the later stages of a woman’s life, bringing what she calls “gifts” and opportunities for growth and fulfillment.
Menopause is a dramatic but largely overlooked developmental window to the second half of life. Although today's women are more aware of and actively involved in mapping their menopausal journey than generations before, many still do not see menopause as a time of important psychological and spiritual transformation.
This book goes far beyond hot flashes and gets to the very heart of the midlife journey, helping women find their unique voice and speak their truth in an era of #MeToo and #ChurchToo. Coming alongside readers as a wise spiritual guide, pastor and theologian Cheryl Bridges Johns identifies seven key developmental "tasks" of menopause and gives practical ways women can embrace each one. She encourages women to view these tasks as gifts as they experience the remarkable physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation that occurs in this stage of life.
Written in a warm and conversational tone, this book helps women chart a course for the future, leading them to a renewed sense of identity, a more focused vision for life, and a deeper spirituality. Each chapter includes guided questions for personal reflection and study questions for group discussion. (March 2020)
In this study of the book of Psalms, Lee Roy Martin advances a rhetorical approach to interpretation that appreciates the forms, the figurative language, and the affective dimension of the biblical text. He argues that the function of poetry is to evoke (and provoke) the passions and to form the affections. The study of the Psalms, therefore, can benefit from a hermeneutic that appreciates the affective component of the text and that takes full advantage...
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Witness is a spiritually enriching study of the Book of Daniel that can be used by an individual, a small group, or a church class. Using a “hands-on” approach to Bible study, the readers will discover the riches of Daniel as they are guided step-by-step through the Scripture.
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A topic of ever increasing importance, theology of religions requires Spirit-gifted and Spirit-attuned reflection, reasoning, and discernment. Religiously motivated violence is precipitating an international security crisis. Even in relatively peaceful environs, globalization has contributed to the unprecedented co-existence of peoples of cultural diversity and religious plurality. In particular, global Pentecostalism blends diverse social, racial, economic, and national groups together with diverse religious and intellectual traditions. Such complexities point to a need for an intentional and articulate Pentecostal theology of religions as a consistent and coherent guide for living and ministering in a world of multiple religious faiths. The conversation of this book is framed by the transformative encounter of the Jewish Christian apostle, Peter, and the Gentile pagan convert, Cornelius (Acts 10). It confronts straightforwardly the reality of non-Christian religions and calls for a substantive Pentecostal response. It rejects the relativistic ideology of religious pluralism. More than that, drawing from classical Pentecostal heritage and engaging leading contemporary theologians, it presents a viable alternative to pluralistic philosophy. The result is a distinctively Pentecostal theology of religions marked by high Christology and robust pneumatology with a strong sense of ecclesial mission through evangelism and dialogue.
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This work develops a Classical Pentecostal theology of religions that utilizes their tradition of testimony as a pneumatological paradigm for interreligious encounter and dialogue. The author shows that Pentecostals have the opportunity of using their historic practice of personal testimony as a public form of Spirit-inspired speech for engaging in interfaith conversations. This study examines the contemporary setting of cultural diversity and religious plurality that is fast becoming typically descriptive of a world increasingly characterized by globalization with a focus on issues involving Pentecostals, especially with its strong heritage of evangelism and missions, generally conservative ethical and theological history, and undeniable multicultural variety. Its context is the United States, but its conversation is global.
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This short but powerful volume addresses the important role of sanctification in the lives of believers. It aims to motivate Christians and aid them in advancing on their journey toward holy love and Christlikeness. Randy Howard and Tony Richie speak as third-generation ministers in the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition where sanctification as a second blessing has been securely anchored for several generations. Unfortunately, the experience of sanctification, teaching on sanctification, and the pursuit of holiness have all but disappeared from the contemporary church. Advancing a conversation on how holiness and sanctification is a critical need of the Church, Howard and Richie suggest ways that holiness might be freshly packaged for a new day, new presentation, new culture, and new generation. This exploration is aided by taking a new look at John Wesley’s contagious vision and passion for holiness and sanctification. Believers, churches, pastors, and leaders will find in these pages constructive ideas, practical recommendations, and concrete steps toward the pursuit of holiness and sanctification.
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What are the Pentecostal movement’s original and ongoing theological “essentials”? In other words, what is Pentecostal theology really all about anyway? This work by Tony Richie, Lecturer in Theology at Pentecostal Theological Seminary, realizes that Pentecostal theology is at its heart a working theology undergirding and energizing believers’ worship of God in prayer and praise, in holy living, and in witness to a personal experience of the risen Lord and Savior manifested in the continuing power of the Holy Spirit. Thus Pentecostal theology often occurs in the vitality of local churches, house fellowships, and various mission settings in America and around the world. Yet Richie demonstrates that the intellectual undergirdings of Pentecostal theology are certainly substantive. This work is truly "Pentecostal" in its robust integration of cognition, affective experience, and authentic praxis. As such, Essentials of Pentecostal Theology is applicable for both Church and Academy.
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Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a sacramental encounter. The embodied spirituality of Pentecostalism, expressed in the doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, suggests that Pentecostalism is essentially sacramental. Sacraments are spiritual graces and those who participate in faith encounter the “real presence” of Christ through the Holy Spirit. As we approach the altar to participate in sacramental worship, we do so “in the Spirit.” The Holy Spirit makes us aware of heavenly realities, and we experience heavenly mysteries.
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In this inspiring new book, Pentecostal historian Cornelis van der Laan tells the remarkable story of Margaretha Adriana Alt, the mother of the Indonesian Pentecostal Mission. Beginning with her origins in the Netherlands, conversion experience, early training in music and nursing, and her romantic relationship, van der Laan traces her journey to Indonesia. Surrendering fully to the call of God upon her life, she cancels her engagement to be married and devotes her life to caring for those on the margins of society. Experiencing Spirit baptism, Alt becomes an early and very influential leader in the burgeoning Pentecostal movement, where she would encounter obstacles to and prejudices against women in ministry. Her ministry would include the establishment of orphanages, Christian communities, schools, imprisonment, publishing, poetry and hymnody, as well as considerable evangelistic work. The use of period photography helps to tell this compelling story of this most extraordinary person. Cornelis van der Laan (PhD, University of Birmingham) is the Professor of Pentecostalism at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The book, entitled Margaretha Adriana Alt, is published by CPT Press and is available on amazon.com.