Hope in the Heart of Denver

The Denver Dream Center gave away Christmas gifts to 10,000 families and 6,000 kids in need on Dec. 14 at Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies major league baseball team. Bryan S. Sederwall, 45, is the executive director and lead pastor of the Denver Dream Center. He and his wife, Joy, who coordinates … [Read more…]

A Pentecostal Look at Christmas

The following is reprinted from the Dec. 25, 2011, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel. In a spare but powerful scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas, Linus steps forward on the school stage where the Peanuts gang is rehearsing their Christmas play and recites Luke 2:8-14. The shepherds. The angels. The announcement of the Christ child. The … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Dec. 20, 1964

Morris Oliver Williams (1920-1991) is remembered for his faithful years of service as an Assemblies of God missionary in southern Africa. He was a missionary in Nyasaland (now Malawi) from 1946 to 1963 and in South Africa from 1963 to 1970. He also served as field secretary for Africa from 1971 to 1985. After leaving … [Read more…]

Lunch with a Legend

As I walked into the small Chinese restaurant on a pleasant Dec. 5th day, non-descript was a word that jumped into my mind — no traditional artwork, fish tanks, sculptures, or music. The booths were unpadded and seemed a bit cramped; the tables were just large enough to possibly seat four; and the bright light … [Read more…]

Kingdom Aggressive

Gerard H. Ruff had dreams of becoming a professional football running back. But when a knee injury on the field in college ended his career goals in 1984, he completed his computer science degree from Coffeyville College in Kansas and returned to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia, where he secured a job as an insurance … [Read more…]

Myanmar Fellowship Forms

The U.S. Assemblies of God has its newest official distinct ethnic/language group, the Myanmar AG Fellowship, serving Burmese people living in America. On Dec. 9, the six-member AG Executive Leadership Team officially signed papers with the four officers of the new ethnic group at the AG National Office in Springfield, Missouri, to make it official. … [Read more…]

An Unfamiliar Harvest — a Transgender Revelation

Unconditional love appeared to be easy for Jesus, often befriending the “chiefest of sinners” in His biblical journeys. It was a type of love His detractors loathed to embrace and His followers are still finding ways to fail at, even thousands of years later. It was following the 2017 General Council in Anaheim, California, when … [Read more…]

Still Rescuing Churches

When a group representing the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart offered Queen of Angels Hospital for sale in 1994 for $19 million, real estate agent Augie V. Lopez knew he could negotiate to obtain the complex for much less. The massive structure had been on the market for several months and needed repairs. Lopez … [Read more…]

What Does the Future Hold?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Pentecostal Evangel in a series entitled, “Theology in a Nutshell.” It was called “The Great Disappointment.” When William Miller’s first predicted date of the Lord’s return passed uneventfully, a second was set, based on this Christian farmer’s complex and questionable calculations. Tens of thousands earnestly awaited the … [Read more…]