Within Protestantism (and more specifically Evangelicalism) there has been a tendency toward the abstractions of doctrinal confessions from our very beginning. However, Pentecostals have often reflected on and created theology through a narrative method. What does it look like and what does it mean to say that Pentecostals tend to gravitate toward narrative theology?
When we stop looking at Syrian refugees as an uncountable and immeasurable entity and start looking at each individual refugee as someone with a story, with a life, and loved by God, our perspective on the refugee problem shifts dramatically. Before we can properly tackle the question of “what do we do with the refugees”, we have to take time to understand who the refugees truly are.
Jesus experienced a vision of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Spirit amidst a significant feast in Jerusalem; he saw a day coming when the Spirit of God would flow through human lives. Resisting the promptings of his family and others to merely “make an appearance” in Judea as a good publicity effort, he instead delayed his visit. When he finally appeared in the city, he lifted his voice with a shout at a most unexpected moment.