ENRICHMAG.CA Spring/Summer 2011

PENTECOST 2011

by David Hazzard, Editor

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One of the reasons I continue to affirm and embrace Pentecostal theology and experience is that I am increasingly aware of how limitless God is, how limited I am, and how much (and how often) I need His strength, wisdom and grace. As Paul explained in 1 Corinthians 14:2-4, when we pray in tongues at least three things occur. We speak to God, we speak in “mysteries” and, as a result of this dimension of spiritual communication, we are somehow strengthened. Who among us does not need the additional strength provided by this avenue of grace? Mysterious? Yes! We must not conclude that we will ever rationally comprehend our incomprehensible God or fully understand our relationship with Him. Miraculous? Absolutely!

This issue of Enrich is a continuation of the excellent dialogue in our Fellowship around the theme of being “Authentically Pentecostal.” Hopefully, you have had opportunity to read the booklet that was sent to every PAOC credential holder last December. It is our desire to be more than accurate definers of life in the Spirit, also exemplifying and modelling the practices of a spirituality that involves mystery.

In this edition, Drs. Roger Stronstad and Gordon Anderson provide foundational biblical and theological reflection on Pentecostal theology. Stanley Grenz’s article includes an interesting perspective on postmodern values, and how these affect the spiritual aspirations and opportunities in today’s world.

Dr. Ivan Satyavrata (India) and Rev. David Oginde (Kenya) are appreciated international ministry partners who offer valuable insight on being Pentecostal in a postmodern and cross-cultural world. We recognize that good theology is always accomplished best in community, so the global perspective provided by our friends is invaluable.

Darin Latham in “Can You Be ‘Seeker Sensitive’ and ‘Pentecostal’ at the Same Time?” and Andrew Gabriel in “Passion for God?” both add Pentecostal perspective to the Canadian pastoral and Bible college context.

June 12, 2011 is Pentecost Sunday. We would all agree that God never intended for Pentecost to be just one Sunday on an ecclesiastical calendar, but the rich and empowering experience of every Jesus follower. This edition of Enrich offers encouragement to clearly and confidently share the invitation of Jesus to receive the promise of the Father and be “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49), and that of the Apostle Paul to “Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18b).
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