Drawing Inspiration

To some, the funny pages are the best part of the newspaper. For Assemblies of God minister Paul F. Gray of Carlisle, Indiana, his comic strip is a platform to present the gospel message by tickling readers’ funny bone. Since 2002, Gray has drawn the faith-based cartoon “Shades of Gray” for the religious page of … [Read more…]

A Ministry of Presence

The first time he set foot on the campus of suburban Pittsburgh’s Robert Morris University, pastor Wayne A. Jackson felt intimidated by the idea of leading a Bible study for college students. However, thanks to the Genesis Church pastor’s leadership, that group developed into a Chi Alpha chapter that has introduced hundreds of students to … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Dec. 6, 1941

Robert Edward McAlister (1880-1953) is considered by many to be the father of Canadian Pentecostalism. He was a charter member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC) and served as its General Secretary from its inception in 1919 through 1932. He oversaw the creation of The Pentecostal Testimony (now Testimony/Enrich) in 1920 and served as … [Read more…]

Room for Two More

Life seemed busy enough for David and Kim Overstreet when the Lord interrupted their plans. The couple and their four children had just moved to Plumerville, Arkansas, where David planted Plumerville Faith Assembly. But at a Winter Jam concert, a plug by promoter Holt International caught their attention. “We had sponsored kids elsewhere,” Kim recalls. … [Read more…]

Raising Domestic Abuse Awareness

Some topics are hard to talk about at church. As a domestic violence survivor, Bethzaida Garcia knows a victim may feel shame, and wonder how other Christians will respond. She also knows poor advice, even if well intentioned, can be dangerous or even deadly. Garcia, 45, moved from Puerto Rico to Florida in 2001 to … [Read more…]

Church Finds Passion Makes the Program

It was the joy on their faces that convinced him. As pastor Michael Wengerd observed about 20 congregants from the church participate in serving a Thanksgiving meal to nearly 300 refugees and immigrants at the Hope Center in Cleveland on Nov. 15, joy was clearly visible. But it wasn’t just the happy smiles on faces … [Read more…]

Live Nativity Draws Church, Community Together

Hope Crossings Assembly of God in the small community of Jefferson, Georgia, typically has a congregation of about 125 people — though four times a year you can add a somewhat self-willed donkey, some sheep, and a pair of lamels (llamas masquerading as camels) to the tally. In 2010, under the guidance of pastor Chris … [Read more…]

Digital Media Communication Specialists

PHOENIXVILLE, Pennsylvania — University of Valley Forge Digital Media Communications majors have the opportunity to gain a foothold in the marketplace thanks to a unique program where they gain hands-on experience. Digital Media Communications majors can obtain a bachelor’s degree in one of five concentrations: digital media studies, digital media photography, digital media video production, … [Read more…]

All About Angels

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Pentecostal Evangel in a series entitled, “Theology in a Nutshell.” “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” Don’t know? Don’t care? Well, believe it or not, this was actually once a prime topic for debate among theologians in a period that today we … [Read more…]

Gazing Through the Rearview Mirror

From its inception in 1919, Bethany University always had been committed to helping young people fulfill God’s calling and discover their life purpose. That mission remained unwavering, despite multiple name changes and the relocation of its campus from the bustle of downtown San Francisco to the Redwood retreat of Scotts Valley, California. Over a span … [Read more…]