Pentescope: New Journal of the Dimitrov Research Center
The Pentescope is an open access online academic journal established in 2021 to assist in fulfilling the mission of the Dimitrov Research Center at Continental Theological Seminary, Belgium. The Pentescope contains articles in the three areas of research focused on by the Dimitrov Research Center: Islam in Europe, Pentecostalism and pneumatology in a European context, and secularism in Europe. Articles included in the Pentescope are written by scholars and students at Continental Theological Seminary, missionaries, and other scholars with similar interests.
The journal can be accessed here.
Stanka Vladeva, the EPTA secretary, died of Covid-19 on Monday 1st November 2021. Stanka was a deeply loved and appreciated member of the EPTA family. In our July 2021 conference she was unanimously voted for a second term as the EPTA secretary. Stanka was also instrumental in organising the 2016 EPTA conference in Bulgaria. Her love for God and people was evident. We will miss her greatly. Please pray for Stanka’s husband Kosio and their two girls as they are mourning the death of Stanka.
Public lectures in February and March 2021
The EPTA member Revd Dr Carol Tomlin is delivering The Oliver Lyseight Annual Lecture on “The Voice of Women in Christian Worship and Leadership” online on Saturday 13th February 2021 at 13:00-15:00 GMT.
The EPTA member Revd Professor Mark Cartledge will give the Wesley Gilpin and Donald Gee Lectures online on Wednesday 10th March 2021. The lectures are titled ‘Pentecostal Theology and Public Life: Emerging Trajectories’ (15:30-17:00 GMT) and ‘Virtual Mediation of the Holy Spirit: Prospects for Digital Pentecostalism’ (18:15-19:30 GMT).
Two online conferences in October 2020
Worship and the Megachurch Digital Conference on 15th to 17th October 2020.
GloPent World 2020: Mapping Global Pentecostal Issues on 31st October 2020. This is a major global gathering of Pentecostal scholars and scholars of Pentecostalism. Among other Pentecostal scholarly associations, EPTA is represented at the conference.
Two new books
Two of our EPTA executive have edited books on Pentecostal Theology. JEPTA editor Wolfgang Vondey has edited the Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology, while Phyllis Thompson is the editor of Challenges of Pentecostal Theology in the 21st Century. Each book can be purchased from its publisher’s website by f0llowing its link.
EPTA member Dr Carol Tomlin’s new book Preach It: Understanding African Caribbean Preaching, published by SCM Press, is now available. For more information and details of how to order it, please click here.
New Latin American Journal: Hechos
The new Latin American journal HECHOS (Acts) was released on January 1, 2019 by Honduran scholar Miguel Alvarez and Norwegian scholar Geir Lie. The Boletín (journal) quickly made the headlines of most academic engines for Pentecostal scholarship around the world. It seems that a Boletín en Español (Spanish journal) had a reserved space in contemporary scholarship.
The first issue tackles topics related to hermeneutics from the multiple Latin American contexts. Contributors to the said issue are from countries like Puerto Rico, Peru, Honduras and Norway. Their articles discuss issues of biblical, theological and contextual hermeneutics. More articles are being sent for future volumes, which guarantees continuity and solid academic level for the journal. Latin America is home to great and well-known theologians. That is why meaningful discussions and debates on different fields of knowledge, FROM AN EVANGELICAL AND PENTECOSTAL PERSPECTVE, are available in many locations of the region.
The purpose of HECHOS is to make these sources of knowledge available to the academy and to the emerging Latino generations, as well as other scholars in the world, who would want to know what is in the theological mindset of Latin Americans.
Papers and correspondence can be emailed to email@example.com.
Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity and Religious Pluralism
From September 10 to 13 2018, a conference took place under this theme in Hamburg, Germany. It was organized by the European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association in collaboration with the Missions Academy at the University of Hamburg and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.
About 30 participants came from as far as Australia, Canada and South Africa to study the impact of Pentecostal and charismatic churches on the current spiritual as well as non-religious fabric in Western societies and in the Global South. One special focus was dedicated to the challenges migrant communities pose and how they have the potential to impact the historic curches. A strong case was made to integrate different Christian traditions of the world into multicultural churches, not just in terms of coexistence, but through cooperation and shared responsibility.
In order to combine theory with praxis the participants visited a family and integration centre in the heart of Hamburg that is run by a Lutheran church. It reaches out to the local communities from various Christian and non-Christian backgrounds.
About a dozen papers were presented and it is planned to publish them in a volume with Regnum Books.
The European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association has maintained a collaboration with the European Pentecostal Theological Association for many years.
The First Session of the Seventh Phase of the International Catholic – Pentecostal Dialogue took place in Springfield, MO, USA, from 12 to 18 July 2018 between the Catholic Church and some Classical Pentecostal churches and leaders.
The Pentecostal Chair of the dialogue was Rev C. Mel Robeck, an EPTA member, who has sent us this press release