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Youth pastor slays wife, confesses. Why, oh why?

I struggle whether to blog on tragic news events with real victims still suffering, and about which I can do nothing. I am not a journalist, the story is not local, and I don’t want to prey off of other’s sensational misfortune just to garner a minor increase in blog traffic. But, being a Pentecostal (Assemblies of God) blogger, I do feel that when something newsworthy happens in our niche of culture, it’s worth at least knowing about if only for reflection and with a view toward “big picture” issues.This should go without saying, but I will say it anyhow: please pray for the church and families involved in what I am about to describe. My commentary and reaction follow my summary.

The News

Around 10-10:30 on Thursday, November 17, Southside Assemblies of God youth pastor, Eric Brian Golden, fought with his sweetheart bride, Deadra “DeeDee” Marie Golden. Their Savannah, Georgia, neighbors were not alarmed. Police were not called. Michael, their 15-year-old son, slept soundly through the battle. But before dawn DeeDee would lay at the bottom of a shallow grave outside Fort Stewart, Georgia with a broken neck. She had been strangled to death.

The Problem with Pentecostal Distinctives

Christianity Today just published an interview with Ben Witherington III, professor of New Testament at Asbury Seminary in Kentucky. It’s a concise and interesting interview, well worth the read. It comes on the heels of his latest book: The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism,…

PETA, goldfish, and stupidity … or ‘Why I eat animals and don’t brag about it in the press.’

There’s a rash of fishy news stories on Google lately about a minor skirmish between a 300-member Assembly of God church and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA—not to be confused with “People for the Eating of Tasty Animals”). The score: PETA 1, People 0, Comet Goldfish -12.…

“It’s okay … I’m Emergent. I’m here to help.” Or, deconstructing the helpful deconstruction.

There’s an essential irony in all the talk about the emergent church vs. the old-style church and where they intersect. Or, maybe—to be charitable—there’s an essential paradox. To wit: how is it possible to decry and denounce all the old structures and forms as being irrelevant without falling into the…

Another Update on Katrina from the Assemblies of God

I received the following email late Friday evening: —–Original Message—– From: Office of the General Secretary [] Sent: Friday, September 09, 2005 3:45 PM Subject: A/G Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts Update: 9/9/2005 VIDEO CLIP FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT General Superintendent Trask has made a video clip regarding his trip to the…

Assemblies of God Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts Update

I just received this from the General Council of the A/G: –From: Office of the General Secretary [] Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 1:45 PMSubject: A/G Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts Update The General Council of the Assemblies of God, together with the Convoy of Hope, continues to respond to the…

Pneumablog has been posted.

Hi. Here’s my current list of active Pentecostal, Charismatic and Assembly of God bloggers. I hope you enjoy it. And feel free to add to it with your comments.    PneumaBlogs: Select Pentecostal/Charismatic Bloggers Rich. [tags]assemblies-of-god, assembly-of-god, blogger, blogging, BlogRodent, charismatic, church-of-god, foursquare, god-blogger, god-blogging, godblog, godbloggers, godblogs, pentecostal, pneumablog,…

Why so much growth and decline?

An excerpt from from a Lincoln Journal Star article, “Conservative churches grow while mainline churches struggle,” by Bob Reeves, regarding recent explosive A/G growth: “Successful evangelism is also a major reason for the phenomenal growth of the Assemblies of God, especially outside the United States, said Bob Friesen, director of research for that denomination’s headquarters in Springfield, Mo.”

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