The Eschatology of Chips and Salsa: A Revelation from St. Jon the Stone

Have you ever stopped to think about when you should pray when you sit down to a nice Latina/o meal? Is it before the chips and salsa, or just before the entree comes out? This sometimes awkward quandary might actually show us something a bit deeper about how we think as Christians.

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From Here to There and Back Again

One of Donne’s more famous poems is “At the round earth’s imagined corners.” This title, also its opening line, demonstrates a hallmark of his poetry–the ability to combine elements of our experienced world (“the round earth”) with powerful and often Biblical imagery (its “imagin’d corners,” a reference to Revelation 7:1) to produce startling insights into the relationship between this world and the next. But what exactly connects the vast and expansive “there” of heaven with the lowly “here” of earth and what are the practical implications for our lives as Christians?

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Passing by on the Other Side

The parable of the Good Samaritan is a compelling story to reflect on for Black History Month. The story, based on conflict between Jews and Samaritans, speaks to us about prejudice, stereotypes, and the power of love across ethnic lines. Reading this story this month, we might encourage one another to reach, like the good Samaritan, out to those who may disdain and slander us because of our ethnicity. When it comes to black history, who has played the role of priests, Levites, and the Good Samaritan? Who, after seeing people in dire need, has passed by on the other side?

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Winning the Peace

“We must win the peace,” advocated the associate editor of the Pentecostal Herald in the wake of World War II. The writer’s concern was for those persons who became the rubble of war. With what seems to be the constant threat of terrorism, killings of civilians in the Middle East, and the atrocities of war, what does it mean for Christians to “win the peace” in a time where peace can be hard to come by?

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The Failure of Numbers (and the Success of Discipleship)

It is easy to see why most people rely on the “numbers” of a church to determine success, it is easier to track. The numbers of the church give us easy metrics to say “our church is successful”. However, is this really the most helpful or even most honest way to look at success at the church?

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Why I Became A Pentecostal Theologian

Snake-handlers … tongue-talkers … holy rollers, jumpers, runners … and prosperity gospelers … this is what comes to mind for many when hearing the term Pentecostal. Well, there is a certain amount of truth within these statements. And yes, within the stereotypes there are legitimate concerns to be considered. So why did I decide to become a Pentecostal Theologian?

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The Holes in our Heart

If you grew up in the church, or have been around it at all for any amount of time, you have probably heard a clichéd phrase about God and your heart that goes like: “You have a God shaped hole in your heart” or “That person keeps trying to fill that hole in their heart only God can!”. Well yes…. and no. The problem is that we often use nice and tidy little phrases to explain such complex situations. The church has made Jesus the end all be all answer for every longing or desire to be known in relationship and community that just does not biblically make sense.

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Pentecostals, Millennials, and a Forecast of Scholarship

As the Pentecostal Movement has aged, those who identify themselves as Pentecostals have begun to create robust and distinctly Pentecostal theologies, hermeneutics, ethics, and more to help the movement navigate its ways through an ever shifting cultural ethos. To intertwine this unique and growing field of Pentecostal scholarship with the spirituality of the movement’s young Pentecostals will help create a bright future for the movement as we move further into the 21st century.

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Jesus and a Theology of Shame

There is an important discussion to be had when shame and openness meet. Brene’ Brown –someone who has popularized the shame discussion from a clinical study POV – has said in her viral TED videos, “If you are breathing you have felt shame.” This is good in at least one respect: no one is alone in the experience of shame. How we handle shame in todays culture is one of the most pressing discussions for this time.

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Pentecostals and Narrative Theology

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?

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