EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Pentecostal Evangel in a series entitled, “Theology in a Nutshell.” “Man — God’s work at the end of the week when He was tired.” — Mark Twain Man, or humankind, is certainly flawed and frail. But the picture is not quite as bad as Mark Twain made … [Read more…]

Mama Bev

Many people in their 60s are enjoying grandchildren and retirement, or at least thinking in that direction. The number who also lead a campus ministry, though, is considerably smaller. Beverly L. Freund became Chi Alpha Campus Ministries director at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville in 2009 at age 56. She became a fully … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Oct. 25, 1930

Most people today probably associate the name Gortner with Marjoe Gortner (1944- ), the child evangelist-turned-movie star. Early Assemblies of God members, however, would associate the name with his grandfather, J. Narver Gortner (1874-1961). J. Narver, the son of a Methodist missionary, became a prominent early leader in the Assemblies of God. J. Narver’s father … [Read more…]

Flock of Flamingos Wins Favor for Church

Flamingos, with their unmistakable pink feathers, can periodically be found in the wild in Texas and the southeastern portions of the United States. But recently a flock of up to 80 flamingos has been “alarmingly” showing up in neighborhoods in California — California, Missouri, that is — and it has brought a lot of positive … [Read more…]

A Hope and a Future

Stefani Mitchell first met Paul Gifford, lead pastor of First Assembly of God in Toms River, New Jersey, and Paul Hulse, outreach director of a ministry to the homeless called Haven-Beat the Streets, during the winter of 2017. The Toms River church became the first facility in Ocean County to open its doors to the … [Read more…]

Tornadoes Damage AG Churches

An EF-3 tornado ripped through Dallas Sunday night causing massive damage, including to Primero Iglesia Asamblea de Dios. Two additional churches in Arkansas, Centro Cristiano Hispano in Siloam Springs, and Centro Cristiana de Rogers in Rogers, reported damage from what are believed to have been EF-1 tornadoes. According to Cathy Lara, a minister and daughter … [Read more…]

Back to the Basics

PHOENIXVILLE, Pennsylvania — The publicity photos of some evangelical schools look forced, with the smiling faces of students from multiple ethnic backgrounds implying diversity that is unrepresentative of the reality of campus demographics. Not so with the University of Valley Forge, the Assemblies of God school in Phoenixville, a bucolic suburb 28 miles northwest of … [Read more…]

Historic Albanian FireBible Dedicated

Kurt and Stephanie Plagenhoef are AGWM missionaries to Albania and the Balkans. On Oct. 4, the Albanian translation of the FireBible was dedicated, marking the completion of the first study Bible in the Albanian language. Over 80 pastors of various evangelical and Pentecostal churches, as well as many believers, gathered at Evangelical Theological College in … [Read more…]

BGMC: When Kids "Get It"

“Teacher Dan! Teacher Dan! I brought four quarters for BGMC this Sunday,” Shiloh called out excitedly, his eyes beaming with excitement as he displayed the quarters proudly in his small hands. “I know the boys are going to win now!” Shiloh is a 7-year-old, blonde-headed ball of energy and curiosity who throws himself whole-heartedly into … [Read more…]

Earning Ministry Cred

Shell D. Osbon and his wife, Missy, smile at their waitress as they order dinner in a local restaurant, a frequent practice after Sunday morning worship at Life Church Smyrna Assembly of God in an Atlanta suburb. Osbon, 56, Life Church’s lead pastor and Georgia Ministry Network metro Atlanta regional presbyter, almost always asks the … [Read more…]