Purity And Power Revisioning The Holiness & Pentecostal Charismatic Movements For The Twenty First Century

Purity And Power  Revisioning The Holiness & Pentecostal Charismatic Movements For The Twenty First Century

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Wesleyan

and

Pentecostal

“Purity

and

Power:

181

Dialogue

Revisioning

the

Holiness & Pentecostal/Charismatic

Movements for the

Twenty-first Century

Barry Guest

L. Callen Editor

There

clearly Wesleyan/Holiness

is an historic and Pentecostal

clear is

relationship

between the traditions in North America.

that is

confirmed

Whether the former birthed the latter or the

relationship

is more that of siblings

than

parent-child

is a matter of some historical debate. What is

that both traditions have a

strong Spirit-centeredness understood to be Bible-based and

wonderfully

in a rich and

in the

Spirit.

This issue of the Journal lights

and

probes

this focus on life in the

Spirit, growing

in part out of

presently

available life

an

historically significant

occasion.

met in an ecumenical

gathering

acquaintance work and

relationships

address

constructively

high-

Studies and Susie

Stanley Society.

From their new

It also could

In 1993 two Christian

leaders,

one from each of these

traditions,

in

Spain. Cheryl Bridges

Johns was then

president

of the

Society

for Pentecostal

was

president

of the

Wesleyan Theological

and

openness

to the

moving

of God and from the crucial

of D. William

Faupel,

there

emerged

the

pro- posal

for a joint meeting of these two academic societies. Such a meet- ing

could

explore questions

of

history

and

theology.

the considerable divide that had come to exist between these two traditions with so much in common. There

surely would be some fresh wisdom

coming

from a

planned

time of inten-

and

thoughtful togetherness.

The historic

meeting

convened in March 1998 on the

campus

of the

tional

program, developed jointly by

the two

societies,

Revisioning

Church of God

Theological Seminary extensive

theme

“Purity

and Power: Pentecostal/Charismatic Movements a concrete

symbol

of the

goal

of this

gathering,

in

Cleveland,

Tennessee. The

had the

the Holiness & for the

Twenty-First Century.”

As

the editors of the

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182

academic

journals

papers here, therefore, Robert W. Wall, nary

agreed

that

the

academic

society-and been

prophetic bridge-builders of the 1998

joint meeting.

of the societies

(WTJ

and

PNEUMA)

their

spring

1999 issues would

carry

from the Cleveland

gathering

of the

joint plenary

sessions on the conference theme. Included

are

papers by Cheryl Bridges Johns,

Steven J.

Land,

Steven L.

Ware,

and Laurence W. Wood. The first

ple-

session also included tributes to David A. Seamands and R. Hollis Gause,

each

receiving

lifetime achievement

being

celebrated

by

the other. These men have

for

decades,

embodiments of the vision

gested ing

movement

and the issue of ecumenical God’s

Spirit

was and

always

awards from his

respective

challenges

now before God’s

people.

of restorationism

(one

crucial

and Pentecostal

people),

Above

all,

power

A note of

congratulations appearance

qf*Salvation Army Theology the work of

What is the

Spirit saying

to the churches? Several answers are

sug-

in the

plenary papers

noted above.

Apparently

the

Spirit

is

say-

that there is wisdom available from the biblical text and the church’s

past

for the considerable

The

Spirit’s

role in the

phenomenon

among many Wesleyan/Holiness

vocation has been

highlighted.

is the divine

enabler,

the

supreme

source of

wisdom,

the One who defines and makes

possible

the

purity

and

essential for the work of God in the world.

is in order. The fall of 1998 saw the

of the first issue of a new

journal,

Wordy Deed: A Journal

and

Ministry. May

it be a new vehicle for

the

Spirit

of God

today.

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