Pentecost and Parousia
Charismatic Renewal, Christian Unity, and the Coming Glory
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"The title, Pentecost and Parousia, makes clear that Peter Hocken does not see the ecumenical movement as being just about our efforts to bring about doctrinal agreement or institutional change. Rather it is a matter of recognizing and being faithful to the grace that has been given and looking forward together to the fulfillment of God's purposes. This is a perspective with which we need to engage."
--Kevin McDonald, Archbishop, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
"The Church lives a new time. The arrival of Francis, his gestures and actions, are a breath of the spirit. This book by Peter Hocken is prophetic because it was written before the election of the new pope. The unity of the church will be the work of the holy spirit, and Pentecost and Parousia bears witness to this."
--Norberto Saracco, Rector, FIET (International Foundation of Theological Schools)
"Hocken takes a probing look backward, evaluating some of the major aspects of the charismatic movement in the closing years of the twentieth century. He gives particular attention to ecumenical aspects of the movement with his careful and accurate portrayal of events that demonstrate how astonishingly inclusive the movement proved to be. Looking to the future, Hocken sees the charismatic renewal offering spirituality for a further broadening and deepening experience of unity in the body of Christ."
--Larry Christenson, former Director, International Lutheran Renewal Center
"Peter Hocken, drawing on his theological, pastoral, and practical experience, considers the effects of the Pentecostal-charismatic outpouring of the spirit on Christian unity and on the ecclesiology and witness of the whole church. He combines an analytical with a prophetic approach, acknowledging important events in recent church history but recognizing that the work for unity is a spiritual battle leading to a full ecumenism of the spirit as we await the Lord's return. Highly recommended."
--Charles Whitehead, former President, International Catholic Charismatic Renewal