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Called and Empowered: Global Mission in Pentecostal Perspective.

Being more "eschatological activists" than academic systematicians, Pentecostal missionaries have typically "preached now and published later." This tendency has been joined by a trend emerging since the mid-1980s: a budding Pentecostal/charismatic missiology. Called and Empowered is an important interpretive contribution to a movement that has its roots in the nineteenth-century "spontaneous missiology of the Spirit" articulated by Roland Allen and A. B. Simpson. Their missiological thought and methodology had much influence on the theology and practice of early twentieth-century Pentecostals, whose activism was eventually distilled into publication by the dean of Pentecostal missiologists, Melvin Hodges of the Assemblies of God, who wrote The Indigenous Church (1953) and A Theology of the Church and Its Mission: A Pentecostal Perspective (1977).

Called and Empowered represents the work of a new generation of Assemblies of God Scholars in mission. A total of twelve essays are presented under the umbrella of four perspectives: biblical/theological dimensions, the integration of Gospel and culture, response to non-Christian worldviews, and missiological strategies. A concluding section includes three responses from outside the Pentecostal tradition. The editors are professors at Southern California College in Costa Mesa, California (Assemblies of God).

The strength of such a collection is in its diversity and applicability as a classroom text. As such, it is a strong addition to the growing number of works that seek to define a distinctive Pentecostal missiology.

It is hoped that the book will be revised and expanded beyond the tribe of one denomination and eventually include more essays from authors so other than North American middle-class Pentecostal (only three of the twelve essays are by authors from outside the United States) and will be more representative of women in Pentecostal/charismatic mission (all fifteen articles are written by men). The book, however, is rich enough in content to produce responses and expansions of themes for years to come. Missiologists will welcome the beginnings of a well-researched self-definition by Pentecostals that effectively opens a window to this growing segment of the world Christian family.
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Author:McClung, L. Grant Jr.
Publication:International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 1993
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