This Week in AG History — June 16, 1963

Growing up as an Assemblies of God missionary kid in Puerto Rico in the 1920s and 1930s, Paul Finkenbinder (1921-2012) dreamed of reaching not just one country but all of Latin America with the gospel of Christ. He returned to the United States to attend Zion Bible Institute (Providence, Rhode Island) and Central Bible Institute … [Read more…]

Securing the Connection

It’s well known that the role of women within the family, workplace, politics, and countless other institutions and circumstances has changed drastically in recent decades. It’s no surprise that how women relate to church is changing, too. The phenomenon is highlighted by a Barna Group research report that shares the findings of multiple studies conducted … [Read more…]

Church Provides Bushels of Blessings

For five years, Bushels of Blessings, a ministry of First Assembly of God in Carneys Point, New Jersey, has run a 21st century gleaning ministry where they have gathered produce from local farmers and distributed it to food pantries and organizations in the Delaware Valley at no charge. In the 2015-2016 harvest season, Bushels of … [Read more…]

Treating the Whole Family

Stacey McGough felt as though she had reached the end of the line in an effort to turn the life of her drug-addicted teenage son around. Hunter Lamoureux had gone to short-term treatment centers, a group home, chemical dependency counseling, and a psychologist. Being arrested, placed on probation, taking depression medication, and forced to wear … [Read more…]

Sharing Jesus in The Ugly Mug

Church planters Brenton and Rachel Fessler discovered that packaging Sunday morning services inside a local coffee shop attracts a less-than-typical demographic. RefugeOC meets every Sunday in The Ugly Mug Coffee Shop in Old Towne Orange, California. This location is not just a magnet for the coffee drinkers at the local colleges — many people who have had … [Read more…]

Preaching to the Back Row

When he stands in a pulpit on a Sunday morning to kick off a prayer seminar at a church where he’s been invited, Assemblies of God ordained evangelist Kevin Senapatiratne sometimes wears a “superhero” T-shirt under his sports coat, displaying the logo to the congregation. “Prayer is not just for ‘Super Christians,’ ” says Senapatiratne, … [Read more…]

30 for Freedom

Turning 30 is a pivotal event for many people. For Brent Silkey, May 28 proved to be an especially memorable milestone. Donning running shoes and enlisting other Christians, Silky logged long miles along Minnesota roads to raise funds to fight against sex trafficking. The U.S. Missions Chi Alpha Campus Ministries director at the University of … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — June 11, 1921

What did early Pentecostals teach about the theology of work? Some observers have claimed that early Pentecostals were so focused on the spiritual life that they neglected careful reflection about other aspects of daily life. However, early issues of the Pentecostal Evangel tell a different story. In a 1921 article, D. W. Kerr, an executive … [Read more…]