By Donald E. Miller
How and why is Christianity's heart of gravity moving to the constructing global? to appreciate this speedily growing to be phenomenon, Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori spent 4 years touring the globe undertaking vast on-the-ground learn in twenty diverse international locations in Africa, Asia, Latin the United States, and Europe. the result's this vividly distinctive ebook and accompanying DVD, which jointly include the main entire details on hand on Pentecostalism, the fastest-growing faith on this planet. wealthy with scenes from daily life, the ebook and DVD dispel many stereotypes approximately this faith as they construct a wide-ranging, nuanced portrait of a tremendous new social flow. The DVD gains photos of Pentecostal non secular worship, testimony, and social activism, and contains interviews with Pentecostal pastors and leaders from all over the world.
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It was obvious that this act of compassion happened on a regular basis, and once the soup was distributed, the volunteers engaged in conversation with the residents. There was no preaching; instead, the volunteers showed consideration for their patrons. Then people started asking for water, and it became apparent that clean drinking water is a scarce commodity on skid row, and so the empty Coke bottles that we had Wlled with water were welcomed. After a half hour or so, we started passing out military-type wool blankets we had brought with us.
Why are Pentecostals not simply saving their own souls, holed up in their sectarian enclaves awaiting the end of the world? One possible answer to these questions is that Progressive Pentecostalism is simply an evolutionary way station on the way to routinization. That is, if one can no longer believe in some of the “magic” associated with traditional Pentecostalism, then the logical step if one wants to stay connected with this tradition is to roll up one’s sleeves and Wgure out ways to feed, clothe, shelter, and heal people using modern means.
And, of course, people were speaking in tongues, prophesying, and, on occasion, having demons exorcised. The charismatic renewal movement, however, had a diVerent feel from standard versions of Pentecostalism. 33 Finally, it is important to acknowledge that many individuals who may not belong to a Pentecostal or charismatic church nevertheless embrace some of the qualities of this tradition. Hence, we are adding a Wfth category called proto-charismatic Christians. These individuals typically do not have roots in traditional Pentecostalism, and in fact, they may not even identify themselves as charismatics.
Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement by Donald E. Miller