By Frederick Dale Bruner
Bruner has been either thorough and reasonable, and has written a ebook that mixes scholarly learn with confident observation at the lifestyles and project of the modern Church.
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Extra resources for A Theology of the Holy Spirit; The Pentecostal Experience and the New Testament Witness
24, 1 9 6 5 ) , 1439. Cf. M c G a v r a n et ai, Church Growth in Mexico, ch. " Kenneth Strachan, late director of the Latin A m e r i c a n Mission, posed the question of the growth of the "non-historical groups" o n a properly broad scale. "It would be gratifying if such growth could be claimed as the inevitable result of the truth of their message and m e t h o d s . . Unfortunately for such a thesis, s o m e non-Christian sects are experiencing equal and e v e n greater success. . , N o v .
A. Torrey is cited by Pentecostals with particular frequency and is of unusual significance to Pentecostalism in connection with the Spirit's baptism. Through a world-wide evangelistic tour with Charles Alexander in 1904 Torrey, then president of the evangelically influ ential Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, broadcast among evangelical Christians in many places the message of the Spirit's subsequent op erations and hence served as a kind of John the Baptist figure for later international Pentecostalism.
26 6. A N G L O - A M E R I C A N EVANGELICALS AND R. A. TORREY An unusually large number of prominent evangelical figures since Wesley and Finney and within or under the pervasive influences of the nineteenth-century holiness movements claimed to have passed through crisis, second experiences of holiness (or its equivalents: baptism of the Holy Spirit, perfect love, sanctification, the deeper experience, or vic t o r y ) . Of particular importance, gauging from usage in Pentecostal 27 2 2 Higher Christian Life, p.
A Theology of the Holy Spirit; The Pentecostal Experience and the New Testament Witness by Frederick Dale Bruner