Renewal has always been a concern of God's people. This present volume, a tribute to Pentecostal Bible scholar Stanley M. Horton, offers biblical and historical glimpses into the various facets of renewal throughout the history of the church. It further provides fresh insights into the outworkings of this renewal throughout the history of the church today.
Essays examining the biblical themes of renewal include J. G. McConville's study of "Renewal as Restoration in Jeremiah" and J. Massyngberde Ford's inquiry into the "Social and Political Implications of the Miraculous in Acts." Among the essays in Part 2, Historical Studies, Donald Dean Smeeton discusses how William Tyndale was a "theologian of renewal." Church historian Richard Lovelace honors Professor Horton with an essay on "Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Evangelical Tradition." Part 3, Contemporary Studies, explores some of the effects of the modern charismatic renewal, including the appearance and growth of loving communities and the impact of renewal movements on society. These essays truly take a new tack towards understanding the various faces of spiritual renewal. They offer the specialist a challenge to see things in a new light, while they afford the non-specialist some practical models of renewal that can affect how he or she views Christian experience.
Overall, the editor and respective authors submit this anniversary volume to their colleague and friend, Dr. Stanley M. Horton, and to its readers everywhere with the hope that these sixteen studies may make a useful international contribution to scholarship and that 'Faces of Renewal' may be found helpful to preachers, teachers, and students of God's Word.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"This is a scholarly and fascinating symposium on one of the most important movements in contemporary Christianity. All who are interested in the theology and experience of renewal will find much enlightenment here, while students of the Bible and of church history will welcome its fresh perspectives on their special studies." -- F. F. Bruce, Emeritus Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Manchester
"A significant volume of essays that deals with one of the most controversial expressions of the Christian faith in the twentieth century, written in honor of a central figure in much of this debate. These essays provide a helpful frame of reference for those mainline Christians who want to know more about the faith in the context of renewal and Spirit." -- Watson E. Mills, Professor of New Testament, Mercer University
"All of the contributors have clearly attempted to break fresh ground and explore new dimensions while at the same time interacting fruitfully with relevant literature and ideas. In doing so they have written a worthy and timely Festschrift for Stanley M. Horton, a member of the Evangelical Theological Society for thirty-five years." -- Ronald Youngblood, Professor of Old Testament, Bethel Theological Seminary West
Paul Elbert is a physicist-theologian with interests in New Testament studies. He has served as editor of "Essays on Apostolic Themes" and is a member of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research and the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians.
Contributors: Ben Aker, David G. Clark, J. Massyngberde Ford, Sharon Linzey Georgianna, Galen Hertweck, Charles Holman, Richard Lovelace, J. G. McConville, Gary B. McGee, John W. McKay, Douglas J. Nelson, David L. Olford, Margaret M. Poloma, James B. Shelton, Donald Dean Smeeton, and John Christopher Thomas.