There’s a new academic journal on the block, and it’s from one of the A/G’s premier seminaries (I say “one of” because we have other great seminaries not on American soil, such as Asia Pacific Theological Seminary and West Africa Advanced School of Theology). It’s called Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry.
More later, but first, allow me to get a couple new feeds out of the way.
The Assemblies of God headquarters is doing a great job with its Assemblies of God News Service (props to my old coworker Dan VanVeen, the editor), and it’s putting RSS newsfeeds out there for us to consume. For now, the only “official” newsfeed is for AGNews, and you can get the details here. The feed, if you’re impatient, is here .
Today’s Pentecostal Evangel
The Evangel is the official weekly magazine of the General Council of the Assemblies of God in the US. It contains doctrinal Q&A, occasional thought-pieces, cultural commentary, A/G-related news items, and many testimonial articles. And, lately, TPE has been featuring a handful of feature writers who aren’t writing from within the Pentecostal tradition but who still have something valuable to say. Unfortunately, TPE doesn’t put all its articles online—probably believing that putting too much out there will kill subscriptions to the weekly print publication (which we’ve discovered at CTI really doesn’t happen—quite the opposite, in fact). But there are a few new articles out there every week, including the weekly editorial. There’s no official newsfeed here, but I have braved the technical whatnot of Feed43 to craft an ad hoc feed that scrapes the headlines off the homepage. For your subscription needs, I offer it here .
Daily Boost testimony from Today’s Pentecostal Evangel
Oh, and TPE is also offering a daily (weekday) devotional pulled from its archives of testimonies. A nice addition to the site, but also without a feed. So, once again, here you go !
For you lay-leaders and ministers out there (and, no, you don’t have to be a credentialled minister to get Enrichment, it’s got good stuff for everyone), the Assemblies of God offers a solid journal packed with theological articles, A/G history, sermon starters, outlines, and illustrations, and resources to aid your ministry. It’s long been one of my favorite publications, and it’s very nicely packaged and bound. It’s a good resource to have on your shelf. But, never fear, as with the TPE, Enrichment puts a few (not all, again) of its key articles online with every issue. Again, no official newsfeed here, but you can grab mine ad hoc feed here .
And now, for the trump card…
Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry
The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary has finally gotten its feet wet in the thought-leadership category and started publishing an online journal. For too long, Pentecostals haven’t made as much headway in the academic world as we could simply because since the cessation of Paraclete there isn’t much peer-reviewed journal space for us to dialog and converse about issues important to our theological camp. Well, there’s the Society for Pentecostal Studies and Pneuma (subscribers only), which has been about the only avenue we’ve had short of publishing our own books via Gospel Publishing House.
But now we have Encounter, and it looks like it’s shaping up to be a very solid and respectable journal for the Pentecostal academic-types. According to the website, Encounter is: “a scholarly publication intended to serve the Church of Jesus Christ by bringing transforming theological and professional insight to bear on the practice of ministry in the Pentecostal tradition.”
As usual, no newsfeeds, so I offer this alternative .
And there you have it. Happy reading!
Update: To get your Pentecostal/Charismatic geek on, here are some more online journals that offer access to academic reports and papers online:
Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research
From the Pentecostal-Charismatic Theological Inquiry International
Online Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
Published twice a year in Australia for people interested in renewal and revival.
Journal of Pentecostal Theology
Church of God, Cleveland, TN
The Pneuma Review
From The Pneuma Foundation – Resources for Spirit-Empowered Ministry
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