I was on Facebook and I noticed that Brownsville Assembly of God has become Brownsville Church. While this is popular to do these days, I do not think it is good or wise for churches to try and look non-denominational. Pentecostal churches should be proud of their heritage, not ashamed of it. Continue reading…
Category Archives: Assemblies of God
PE News (Pentecostal Evangel of the Assemblies of God) has a news article that says that Pennsylvania Teen Challenge has opened its’ first detox center in Rehrersburg. This is a new step for the ministry to offer medically staff detox from drugs for people that want to change their life. Continue reading…
Many of us might not remember Marvin Gorman, I hardly do, but he passed away today. He was a pastor in Baton Rouge that has issues with Jimmy Swaggart. While it is not clear if he ever worked out his differences with the televangelist, both ministries remained in ruins and only a shadow of what they was at their peaks. Continue reading…
I am coming home. No, I am not talking about Kansas City. I am not talking about Tulsa, either. I am talking about returning to the Pentecostal movement. Why am I coming back and why does it matter?
I have always been Pentecostal doctrinal and am very thankful for my time in Pensacola during the Brownsville Revival. That was my foundation and most of my experience in the early days of my ministry.
Along the way, I found myself in the Word of Faith movement, the prayer movement, the prophetic movement and the YWAM movement.
However, I never felt really part of the community in any of those places because I was always still the old school Pentecostal who still believe in casting out devils and preaching on repentance. I still hold to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of praying in tongues.
If you believe in these things, especially the Blessed Hope; you will not be part of the community in these places. Right or wrong, it is what it is.
My journey home
It started when I moved back to Kansas City and I wanted to be in revival meetings and because driving to Pensacola was not possible, I starting going to a lot of meetings at first Smithton Outpouring and then World Revival Church. They never really saw me as part of them but I was there for the fire of revival, not community or relationship building.
It was during this time that I was asked to be part of the launching of the International House of Prayer and I agreed because I loved praying for revival. It was also a place that I could truly be Pentecostal and not worry about offending people. This works for about 5 years but in the end, I did not buy into all eschatology and I was not really fully part of the community because I could not sign off on a few things.
This found me leaving for YWAM and being a missionary to Asia. I knew going in that Youth With A Mission had lost their way and they have become wishy washy but they enabled me to do what I was called to do to a degree. However, being boldly Pentecostal is not something that goes over well in YWAM.
In recent years, I have been loosely connected with Bethel Church in Redding but not really that closely. I can’t say that I have ever made a serious attempt at being part of the community there or building relationships there. I guess in this case, it is partly my fault.
At the end of the day, people want the blessing of the Pentecostals (miracles, signs, and wonders) but they do not want the message of Pentecostals (repentance, holiness, and Baptism of the Holy Spirit)
I was saved in the Brownsville Revival. I was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues for the first time in the Brownsville Revival. I was called to ministry in the Brownsville Revival. All of this doesn’t really matter but it will probably make this article a little personal and probably biased as well. Continue reading…
I was one of those people who made the trip to Toronto back in the 1990’s. I remember when the renewal was underway and people were praying “More, Lord!” I have always been thankful for the times that people like John Arnott, Rolland Baker and Randy Clark prayed over me. It became known as the Toronto Blessing. Continue reading…