In 2006, the contemporary American Pentecostal movement celebrated its 100th birthday. Over that time, its African American sector has been markedly influential, not only vis-a-vis other branches of Pentecostalism but also throughout the Christian church. Black Christians have been integrally involved in every aspect of the Pentecostal movement since its inception and have made significant contributions to its founding as well as the evolution of Pentecostal/charismatic styles of worship, preaching, music, engagement of social issues, and theology. Yet despite its being one of the fastest growing segments of the Black Church, Afro-Pentecostalism has not received the kind of critical attention it deserves. Afro-Pentecostalism brings together fourteen interdisciplinary scholars to examine different facets of the movement, including its early history, issues of gender, relations with other black denominations, intersections with popular culture, and missionary activities, as well as the movementOCOs distinctive theology. Bolstered by editorial introductions to each section, the chapters reflect on the state of the movement, chart its trajectories, discuss pertinent issues, and anticipate future developments. Contributors: Estrelda Y. Alexander, Valerie C. Cooper, David D. Daniels III, Louis B. Gallien, Jr., Clarence E. Hardy III, Dale T. Irvin, Ogbu U. Kalu, Leonard Lovett, Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Cheryl J. Sanders, Craig Scandrett-Leatherman, William C. Turner, Jr., Frederick L. Ware, and Amos Yong
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Only a few decades past, academia tended to scoff at the very idea of serious Pentecostal theology. Today profound and variegated theological implications of this dynamic movement are the object of exploration and development across the entire spectrum of the Christian theological corpus. Arguably, an acute need has arisen for identification and evaluation of the Pentecostal movement’s original and ongoing theological “essentials.” What is Pentecostal theology really all about anyway? This volume 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. Authentic implementation, if not explicit articulation, of fervent Pentecostal theology often occurs in the vitality of local churches, house fellowships, and various mission settings in America and around the world. Birthed in the fires of revival movements, essential Pentecostalism, including Pentecostal theology, continues to burn brightest wherever it is fueled most directly.
Seeking to push the historical study of the liturgical phenomenon known as “Contemporary Worship” or “Praise and Worship” to a new level, this collection of essays offers an introduction to the phenomenon, documents critical aspects of its development, and suggests methods for future historical study. This multi-authored work investigates topics in both the Pentecostal and mainline branches of this way of worship, looking at subjects little explored by prior work. The provocative issues explored include Integrity Hosanna! Music, James White, charismatic renewal, John Wimber, the development of second services, Black Gospel, overlooked (non-white) sources of worship music, degree programs for worship leaders, and Robert Webber.
A massive religious transformation has unfolded over the past forty years in Latin America and the Caribbean. In a region where the Catholic Church could once claim a near monopoly of adherents, religious pluralism has fundamentally altered the social and religious landscape. Conversion of a Continent brings together twelve original essays that document and explore competing explanations for how and why conversion has occurred. Contributors draw on various insights from social movement theory to religious studies to help outline its impact on national attitudes and activities, gender relations, identity politics, and reverse waves of missions from Latin America aimed at the American immigrant community. Unlike other studies on religious conversion, this volume pays close attention to who converts, under what circumstances, the meaning of conversion to the individual, and how the change affects converts’ beliefs and actions. The thematic focus makes this volume important to students and scholars in both religious studies and Latin American studies.
Believing that African American religious studies has reached a crossroads, Cornel West and Eddie Glaude seek, in this landmark anthology, to steer the discipline into the future. Arguing that the complexity of beliefs, choices, and actions of African Americans need not be reduced to expressions of black religion, West and Glaude call for more careful reflection on the complex relationships of African American religious studies to conceptions of class, gender, sexual orientation, race, empire, and other values that continue to challenge our democratic ideals.
This volume brings together twelve scholars from a variety of scholarly fields including biblical studies, history, theology, sociology, anthropology, and missiology in a multi-disciplinary exploration of themes related to women's leadership within the three branches of the renewal movement: Holiness, Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions. These scholars - women and men - from both within and outside the traditions, draw on various methodologies including hermeneutics, ethnography, critical theory, and historical analysis to explore the experiences and contributions of women from the movement's inception to the present. They keep before us the challenges that still impact women's full participation as equal partners in ministry and leadership on both the American and global scene. The volume looks at the multiple roots of women's marginalization within the renewal movement while suggesting progressive solutions that take seriously the social locations of Pentecostal and Charismatic congregations and the theological foundations on which the movement has been built. At the same time, it locates these discussions within the broader postmodern realities facing the church as it attempts to faithfully live out its witness to the biblical truth that both male and female are created in the God's image and endowed with the capacity to work creatively toward the unfolding of the Kingdom. Contents Preface by Amos Yong vii 1. Introduction by Estrelda Alexander Part I -- Historical Perspectives 2. Wesleyan/Holiness and Pentecostal Women Preachers: Pentecost as the Pattern for Primitivism by Susie C. Stanley 3. ÒCause He's My Chief EmployerÓ: Hearing Women's Voices in a Classical Pentecostal Denomination by David G. Roebuck 4. Looking Beyond the Pulpit: Social Ministries and African-American Pentecostal-Charismatic Women in Leadership by Karen Kossie-Chernyshev 5. Sanctified Saints--Impure Prophetesses: A Cross-Cultural Reflection on Gender and Power in Two Afro-ChristianSpirit-Privileging Churches by Deidre Helen Crumbley 6. ÒThird Class SoldiersÓ: A History of Hispanic Pentecostal Clergywomen in the Assemblies of God by Gast—n Espinosa 7. Leadership Attitudes and the Ministry of Single Women inAssembly of God Missions by Barbara L. Cavaness Part II -- Biblical/Theological Perspectives 8. Pentecostalism 101: Your Daughters Shall Prophecy by Janet Everts Powers 9. ÒYou've Got a Right to the Tree of LifeÓ: The Biblical Foundations of an Empowered Attitude among Black Women in the Sanctified Church by Cheryl Townsend Gilkes 10. Spirited Vestments: Or, Why the Anointing Is Not Enough by Cheryl Bridges Johns 11. The Spirit, Nature and Canadian Pentecostal Women: A Conversation with Critical Theory by Pamela Holmes 12. Changing Images: Women in Asian Pentecostalism by Julie C. Ma 13. Spiritual Egalitarianism, Ecclesial Pragmatism, and the Status of Women in Ordained Ministry by Frederick L. Ware Contributors Select Bibliography Author index Subject index
No longer does world Christianity converge in the Euro-American West—there has been a dramatic shift to the Global South, providing the occasion for a fresh consideration of the future of evangelical theology. Drawing on the day of Pentecost narrative, Amos Yong puts forward a bold proposal for a pentecostal-evangelical theology informed by the particular experiences and perspectives of Asian Americans. The outpouring of Christ s Spirit upon all flesh means that the evangelical church has to attend to the multiplicity of voices and contexts that shape the global theological conversation. Evangelical theology, Yong argues, is necessarily contextual theology, though in a way that does not sacrifice the gospel s universality. The Future of Evangelical Theology is a programmatic vision for theology that pays attention to the realities of gender, race, migration, economics, justice and politics. What emerges is a theology situated within a pentecostal Asian American context that bears on the future of the whole church.
The weakness of Brazil's black consciousness movement is commonly attributed to the fragility of Afro-Brazilian ethnic identity. In a major account, John Burdick challenges this view by revealing the many-layered reality of popular black consciousness and identity in an arena that is usually overlooked: that of popular Christianity.Blessed Anastacia describes how popular Christianity confronts everyday racism and contributes to the formation of racial identity. The author concludes that if organizers of the black consciousness movement were to recognize the profound racial meaning inherent in this area of popular religiosity, they might be more successful in bridging the gap with its poor and working-class constituency.
In commemoration of one hundred years of the Pentecostal movement (1906-2006) Possibly the most globally significant element in the revival of charismatic Christianity worldwide is the startling and sustained growth, over a significant period of time, of the Afro-Caribbean Pentecostal Churches. In this scholarly and communicative study, Dr Lionel Etan-Adollo examines the origins of the Pentecostal movement, traces its development through an informed examination of practical, social, economic, environmental and spiritual micro and macro factors, and sketches a future path for sustained and functional future development of Pentecostalism with particular reference to its Afro-Caribbean context. Dr Lionel Etan-Adollo works as a Senior Management Consultant, a Project Management Professional (PMP) and much more. He has worked on global projects and has travelled as far as Australia, US, Africa and many countries in Europe, and has had the opportunity to visit, worship and study the leading Churches where he has been. This is his spiritual passion and part of his work with God. He has completed post-graduate and doctoral degrees in Theology and Biblical Studies amongst several others. Presently, he is pursuing another doctoral degree in Oil and Gas Law and Policy.