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Pentecostalism can be a way of staying African

We were really pleased to read the recent short report by Daewon Moon, Pentecostalism in African Christianity: the formation and scope of a distinctive spirituality. He identifies African Pentecostalism as a distinctively African way of being Christian. Not only does this have its own indigenous African roots going back hundreds […]

Pentecostal Theology in Africa: prosperity

The prosperity gospel is a hot topic. We’ve written on it and I’ve added to that in some comments over at The Gospel Coalition. David Ogungbile’s chapter on it in African Pentecostal Theology describes it: Thus, prosperity gospel preachers maintain the underlining factor of possessing the spirit of prosperity in […]

Pentecostal Theology in Africa: The Bible

John Gallegos is not an African — he’s an Hispanic who has never been to Africa. He took Clarke’s PhD seminar on African Pentecostal Theology and it resonated with his experience of pastoring ‘a Spanish-speaking congregation of mostly first-generation Mexican immigrants [many of whom] do not have formal schooling beyond […]

Pentecostal Theology in Africa: The Spirit

David Ngong’s chapter in Pentecostal Theology in Africa is on pneumatology (theology of the Spirit), which in African Pentecostal thought is closely connected to soteriology (theology of salvation). Indeed, the connection between the Spirit and Jesus is so intimate that rarely is distinction made between them. It’s not that ‘Spirit’ […]

Pentecostal Theology in Africa: Jesus

Clifton Clarke has also written a book on African Christology so it’s not surprising that he wrote the chapter on christology in Pentecostal Theology in Africa. He argues that the Pentecostal understanding of Jesus is primarily that of Healer. The christology of Jesus as healer is a result of African […]