Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Living in the Spirit

Dr. R. Hollis Gause's monumental work Living in the Spirit has been revised and reprinted by Cafepress.

This is the only Wesleyan-Pentecostal soteriology ever to have been attempted as far as I know. This book is an absolute necessity for your library! At $16.95 it is a theological bargain!!

The uniqueness of this work is that it places Spirit Baptism as a step along the via saludis. The importance of this placement is immediately obvious: Spirit Baptism is salvific, not simply "equipment for service". For those questioning the meaning and placement of this experience, this book is required reading!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Black History Month 3--Charles Harrison Mason

C. H. Mason is arguably the most influential African-American leader of the 20th century. By virtue of the fact that he was Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ from its beginnings in the late 19th century, guiding the church into the Pentecostal movement and leading it through six decades of last century, Mason is largely responsible for the shape of the African-American church. One of his largest contributions is that he encouraged the use of popular music and instruments in worship services. What we know of Black Gospel, we probably know because of Mason's foresight. In this, Mason was being true to his Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.