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New Book Features Oklahoma Scholar

In 2010, on the Tulsa ORU campus, an international gathering explored Pentecostalism in the 21st century.  Scholars and leaders presented academic addresses and led discussions.  Noted historian, Dr. Vinson Synan, gathered some of the premiere papers into one representative volume.   Dr. Terry Tramel of Bethany's Southwestern Christian University was one whose presentation was selected for inclusion.  Tramel, author of the book The Beauty of the Balance, is the Dean of the SCU Graduate School of Ministry.

Dr. Terry Tramel, Dean of the Southwestern Christian University School of Graduate Ministry, addressed the 'Empowered Conference' in 2010 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  His address on "Pentecostalism in the 21st Century in Light of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral" has been included in the newly published book, Spirit-Empowered Christianity in the 21st Century(Charisma, 2011) edited by world renowned Pentecostal historian and scholar. Dr. Vinson Synan.

About the book:  

What does a re-vision of the Charismatic/Pentecostal Spirit-empowered movement look like in the coming years of this millennium? The first century of this revival seems to attest that the Lord raised up the holiness and Pentecostal movements not only to be custodians of these distinctive truths, but the perpetuators of them as well. If any generation ceases to accentuate this emphasis, the movement likely will forfeit the right to be recognized as such.

When the Pentecostal message is preached, published, and proclaimed through triumphant song, an atmosphere is sustained for people to experience anew and again the reality of salvation, holiness, charismata, wholeness, and hope. Such a revival will be biblically based, rationally sound, traditionally accurate, and experientially real.

Spirit-Empowered Christianity in the 21st Century is an authoritative compilation of the presentations from thirty leaders in the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement given at the Empowered 21 Conference in Tulsa, OK, in April 2010. These chapters share emerging insights on how the next generation will handle the profound issues facing Christians within the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement in the 21st century. For example, one portion covers the topic of the 21st century renewal while another discusses how we can protect our Charismatic distinctive. Another portion will highlight Charismatic adaptations for reaching this present age, discussing issues of social and economic justice, prosperity and suffering, challenges to urban ministry, the future of the next generation, Oneness Pentecostalism, and missiological aims in North America.  The book is available on (click title above for link).