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KAY’s George Jeffreys: Pentecostal Apostle and Revivalist WINS 2018 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Cleveland, TN 2018) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2018 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. The awards were announced at the 2018 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. One book award and three article awards were conferred.

This year’s Book Award of Excellence went to William K. Kay for George Jeffreys: Pentecostal Apostle and Revivalist, published by CPT Press (Cleveland, TN 2017). Kay is Emeritus Professor of Theology at Glyndŵr University, North Wales, UK and Honorary Professor of Pentecostal Studies at the University of Chester, UK. He has published widely on Pentecostalism, including Pentecostals in Britain, Apostolic Networks in Britain, and Pentecostalism: A Very Short Introduction.

Two titles earned Awards of Merit this year: David J. McCollough’s Ritual Water, Ritual Spirit: An Analysis of the Timing, Mechanism, and Manifestation of the Spirit-Reception in Luke-Acts (Paternoster) and Wolfgang Vondey’s Pentecostal Theology: Living the Full Gospel (Bloomsbury).

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III for “What Does the Spirit Have to Do with Foreigners? Reading Acts 10:28–48 with Diodorus of Sicily and Tacitus,” (Pneuma: Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies); Robert P. Menzies for “Subsequence in the Pauline Epistles” (Pneuma: Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies); Matthias Wenk for “What Is Prophetic about Prophecies: Inspiration or Critical Memory? A Fresh Look at Prophecy in the New Testament and Contemporary Pentecostalism,” (Journal of Pentecostal Theology)

KEENER’S The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking WINS 2017 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Saint Louis, MO, 2017) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2017 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. The awards were announced at the 2017 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. One book award and three article awards were conferred.

This year’s Book Award of Excellence went to Craig S. Keener for The Mind of Christ: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking, published by Baker Academic-Baker Publishing Group (Grand Rapids, MI, 2016). Keener (PhD, Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of 17 books, including The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, commentaries on Matthew, John, Romans, First and Second Corinthians, and Revelation; his two-volume work Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts won the Foundation’s 2012 Book Award of Excellence.

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Kimberly Ervin Alexander for “Heavenly Choirs in Earthy Spaces: The Significance of Corporate Spiritual Singing in Early Pentecostal Experience” (Journal of Pentecostal Theology); Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III for “The Spirit in Jude 19–20” (Journal of Pentecostal Theology); Samuel W. Muindi for “Ritual and Spirituality in Kenyan Pentecostalism” (in Scripting Pentecost: A Study of Pentecostals, Worship and Liturgy).

KEENER’S Acts: An Exegetical Commentary WINS 2016 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(San Dimas, CA, 2016) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2016 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. The awards were announced at the 2016 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Life Pacific College, March 10–12. One book award and three article awards were conferred.

This year’s Book Award of Excellence went to Craig S. Keener for his 4-volume set Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, published by Baker Academic-Baker Publishing Group (Grand Rapids, MI, 2012–15). Keener (PhD, Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of 17 books, including The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, commentaries on Matthew, John, Romans, First and Second Corinthians, and Revelation; his two-volume work Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts won the Foundation’s 2012 Book Award of Excellence.

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Jeffrey S. Lamp for his essay “Realized Eschatology or Eschatology in the Process of Realization? A Pentecostal Engagement with N.T. Wright’s View of the Present Mission of the Church in the World” (in Pentecostal Theology and the Theological Vision of N.T. Wright: A Conversation, CPT Press), Michael McClymond for “‘I Will Pour Out of My Spirit Upon All Flesh’: An Historical and Theological Meditation on Pentecostal Origins” (Pneuma: Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies), and Glen W. Menzies for “Assessing N.T. Wright’s Reading of Paul through the Lens of Dispensationalism” (in Pentecostal Theology and the Theological Vision of N.T. Wright: A Conversation).

ANDERSON’S Introduction to Pentecostalism WINS 2015 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Lakeland, FL, 2015) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2015 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2015 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Southeastern University, March 12–14. One book award and two article awards were conferred.

This year’s Book Award of Excellence went to Allan Anderson for his book Introduction to Pentecostalism, 2nd edition. Anderson (DTh, University of South Africa) is Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham (England). His other books include To the Ends of the Earth, African Reformation: African Initiated Christianity in the 20th Century, and Zion and Pentecost: The Spirituality and Experience of Pentecostals and Zionists/Apostolics in South Africa.

Two Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Aaron T. Friesen, for his essay “Pentecostal Antitraditionalism and Pursuit of Holiness: The Neglected Role of Tradition in Pentecostal Reflection” (Journal of Pentecostal Theology), and Philip L. Mayo “A New Look at an Old Problem” (in But These Are Written . . .).

MENZIES’S Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story WINS 2014 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Springfield, MO, 2014) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2014 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2014 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Evangel University, March 6–8. One book award and two article awards were conferred.

This year’s Book Award of Excellence went to Robert P. Menzies for his book Pentecost: This Story Is Our Story, published by Gospel Publishing House (Springfield, Mo., 2013). Menzies (PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland) is the director of Synergy, a rural development organization based in Kunming, China. He also serves as adjunct faculty at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in the Philippines and has taught widely in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in the United States and Europe. His other books include Empowered for Witness: The Spirit in Luke-Acts; Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience; and The Language of the Spirit: Interpreting and Translating Charismatic Terms.

Two Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Paul Elbert for his essay “Acts 2:38 in Light of the Syntax of Imperative-Future Passive and Imperative-Present Participle Combinations” (Catholic Biblical Quarterly), and Randy J. Hedlun for “Rethinking Luke’s Purpose: The Effect of First-Century Social Conflict” (Journal of Pentecostal Theology).

Other books nominated for the 2014 Award of Excellence were William Atkinson’s Trinity After Pentecost (Wipf & Stock), Aaron Frieson’s Normaling the Abnormal (Wipf & Stock), Jon Ruthven’s What’s Wrong With Protestant Theology? (Word & Spirit Press), Wolfgang Vondey’s Pentecostalism: A Guide for the Perplexed (Brill)¸ and Joshua Zieffle’s David du Plessis and the Assemblies of God (Brill).

Essays by the following authors were also nominated for the Award of Excellence: Scott A. Ellington, Lee Roy Martin, Angel D. Santiago-Vendrell, and Donatus Pius Ukpong.

STRONSTAD’S The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke WINS 2013 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Seattle, WA, 2013) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2013 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2013 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Seattle Pacific University, March 21–23. Two book awards and three article awards were conferred.

This year’s Book Award of Excellence went to Roger Stronstad for his book The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke: Trajectories from the Old Testament to Luke-Acts (2nd edition) published by Baker Academic Press (Grand Rapids, Mich., 2012). Dr. Stronstad is director and associate professor in Bible and theology at Summit Pacific College (formerly Western Pentecostal Bible College), where he has served for over thirty years. His other books include Spirit, Scripture and Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective, The Prophethood of All Believers, and Baptized and Filled with the Holy Spirit. He has also served as a co-editor and contributor on several multi-authored projects, including the Life in the Spirit Study Bible and the Life in the Spirit Commentary on the New Testament. John ChristoperThomas’s The Apocalypse: A Literary and Theological Commentary (CPT Press, 2012) won the Foundation’s Award of Merit.

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Rickie D. Moore for his essay “A Pentecostal Approach to Teaching Old Testament” (in The Spirit of the Old Testament, Deo Publishing, 2011); Robert P. Menzies for “The Persecuted Prophets: A Mirror Image of Luke’s Spirit-Inspired Church” (in The Spirit and the Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology (Wm. P. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012); and John Christopher Thomas for “New Jerusalem and the Conversion of the Nations: An Exercise in Pneumatic Discernment (Rev. 21:1–22:5)” also in The Spirit and the Christ.

KEENER’S Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts WINS 2012 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Virginia Beach, VA, 2012) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2012 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2012 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Regent University, March 1–3. One book award and three article awards were conferred.

This year’s book award went to Craig S. Keener for his book Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (2 vols.), published by Baker Academic Press (Grand Rapids, Mich.). He is also the author of the forthcoming four-volume commentary set on the Acts of the Apostles—Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (Baker). Keener has authored 15 books and over 170 articles for journals and religious/general interest publications. Keener is a Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is an alumnus of Central Bible College (BA), the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Duke University (PhD).

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Scott A. Ellington for his essay “‘Can I Get a Witness’: The Myth of Pentecostal Orality and the Process of Traditioning in the Psalms” and Robin Routledge for his essay “‘My spirit’ in Genesis 6.1–4,” both of which appeared in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology, and R. Keith Whitt’s “Righteousness and Characteristics of Yahweh,” which appeared in the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research.

Other titles considered for the book award were William P. Atkinson’s Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Wipf & Stock), Mark Cartledge’s Testimony in the Spirit (Ashgate), Jon Ruthven’s On the Cessation of the Charismata (Word & Spirit), Gary Tyra’s The Holy Spirit in Mission (IVP Academic), Nimi Wariboko’s The Pentecostal Principle (Eerdmans), Amos Yong’s Who Is the Holy Spirit? (Paraclete), and Amos Yong’s The Spirit of Creation (Eerdmans).

MITTELSTADT’S Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition WINS 2011 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Memphis, TN, 2011) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2011 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2011 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening in Memphis, March 10–12. One book award and three article awards were given.

This year’s book award, with a $500 honorarium, went to Martin William Mittelstadt for his book Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition, published by CPT Press (Cleveland, Tenn.). Mittelstadt is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Evangel University (Assemblies of God) in Springfield, Mo. He is also the author of The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts: Implications for a Pentecostal Pneumatology (London: T&T Clark, 2004), which was the subject of a roundtable discussion of the 2005 Society for Pentecostal Studies conference, and co-editor with Geoff Sutton of Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration: Multidisciplinary Studies from a Pentecostal Perspective (Portland: Wipf & Stock, 2010).

Other titles nominated for the award were Paul King’s Only Believe (Word & Spirit Press), Henry Lederle’s Theology With Spirit (Word & Spirit Press), Bradley Noel’s Pentecostal and Postmodern Hermeneutics (Wipf & Stock), Vinson Synan’s An Eyewitness Remembers the Century of the Holy Spirit (Baker/Chosen Books), Del Tarr’s The Foolishness of God (The Access Group/GPH), Keith Warrington’s The Message of the Holy Spirit (IVP), and John Wyckoff’s Pneuma and Logos (Wipf & Stock).

Three Awards of Excellence for short works, with $100 honorariums, were conferred this year to the following scholars: Jordan D. May for his essay “Is Luke a Reader-Response Critic? Luke’s Aesthetic Trajectory of Isaiah 49.6 in Acts 13.47,” Robert P. Menzies for “The Sending of the Seventy and Luke’s Purpose,” and Roger Stronstad for “On Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit: A Lukan Emphasis.” All appeared in Trajectories in the Book of Acts: Essays in Honor of John Wesley Wyckoff (Eugene, Oreg.: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010). Nine other essays were nominated.

ATKINSON’S The “Spiritual Death” of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation WINS 2010 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Minneapolis, MN) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) conferred its 2010 Awards of Excellence for Pentecostal scholarship. Dr. Janet Everts announced the awards during the 2010 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies at North Central University.

This year’s book award went to William P. Atkinson for his book The ‘Spiritual Death’ of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation, published by Brill. Atkinson’s work is the first volume in Brill’s Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies series and is a slightly edited version of his doctoral dissertation completed at the University of Edinburgh. Atkinson’s master’s thesis examining Pentecostal responses to James D. G. Dunn’s book on the baptism in the Holy Spirit was published serially in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology and is being updated and expanded for future publication. Atkinson is an Associate Research Fellow at the London School of Theology and a member of The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship’s Board of Advisers.

Other titles nominated for the award were Lee Roy Martin’s The Unheard Voice of God (DEO Publishing, Dorset, UK), Graham Twelftree’s People of the Spirit (SPCK and Baker Academic), and Keith Warrington’s Pentecostal Theology: A Theology of Encounter (T & T Clark, London).

Two Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: David M. Allen for “‘The Forgotten Spirit’: A Pentecostal Reading of the Letter to the Hebrews?” which appeared in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology (Chris Thomas, editor; Brill) and Kenneth Bass for “The Narrative and Rhetorical Use of Divine Necessity in Luke-Acts,” which appeared in the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research (Paul Elbert, editor; Wipf & Stock Publishers).

FEE’S Galatians WINS 2009 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Eugene, OR, 2009) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) conferred its 2009 Awards of Excellence for Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2009 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies at Eugene Bible College. One book award and three article awards were given.

This year’s book award went to Gordon D. Fee for his book Galatians from the Pentecostal Commentary Series (John Christopher Thomas, general editor), published by Deo Publishing (Dorset, UK). Fee, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada, is an expert on New Testament textual criticism and exegesis. His other books include How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth and God’s Empowering Presence.

Other titles nominated for the award were Paul Elbert’s Pastoral Letter to Theo: An Introduction to Interpretation and Women’s Ministries (Wipf and Stock Publishers), J. P. Moreland’s Kingdom Triangle: Recover the Christian Mind, Renovate the Soul, Restore the Spirit’s Power (Zondervan), and Robby Waddell’s The Spirit of the Book of Revelation (Deo Publishing).

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Robert P. Menzies for “Acts 2.17–21: A Paradigm for Pentecostal Mission,” which appeared in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology; Julie C. Ma for “Changing Images: Women in Asian Pentecostalism,” which appeared in Philip’s Daughters: Women in Pentecostal-Charismatic Leadership, edited by Estrelda Alexander and Amos Yong (Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications, a division of Wipf and Stock Publishers); and Janet Meyer Everts for “Pentecostalism 101,” also in Philip’s Daughters.

(Durham, NC, 2008) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) conferred its “Award of Excellence” for the best article of 2008. TFFPS co-founder and president, Robert W. Graves, announced the award during the 2008 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.

Professor Kenneth J. Archer, of the Church of God Theological Seminary, received the award for his article “A Pentecostal Way of Doing Theology: Method and Manner” (International Journal of Systematic Theology, July 2007). The article emphasizes the necessity of doing Pentecostal theology by means of an integrative methodology and in a narrative manner that flows out of Pentecostal identity. Archer argues that “Pentecostal theology must move beyond the impasse created by subsuming its identity under the rubric of ‘Evangelical’ in order for it to articulate a vibrant, fully orbed, mature Pentecostal theology.”

Graves also announced that the Foundation conferred a $1,000 research grant to Professor Archer to pursue his project “Worshipful Witness: A Pentecostal Theology of the Five-Fold Gospel,” [re-titled The Gospel Revisited] a book-length elaboration of the award-winning article. “Worshipful Witness,” according to Archer, will provide a formative Pentecostal theology for the training of ministers, the (re)shaping of Pentecostal communal identity, and the critical engaging of contemporary Pentecostal theology. The eventual monograph will enter into serious dialogue with current and diverse academic works as well as engage academic Pentecostal publications.

CHO’S Spirit and Kingdom in the Writing of Luke and Paul AND KIMBERLY ERVIN ALEXANDER’S Pentecostal Healing: Models in Theology and Practice WIN 2007 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

(Cleveland, TN, 2007) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) conferred its 2007 Awards of Excellence for Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS president, Robert Graves, announced the awards during the 2007 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies at Lee University. Two book awards and one article award were given.

This year’s book award voting resulted in a tie between Pentecostal Healing: Models in Theology and Practice by Kimberly Ervin Alexander, an Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at the Church of God Theological Seminary, and Spirit and Kingdom in the Writings of Luke and Paul: An Attempt to Reconcile These Concepts, by Youngmo Cho, an Assemblies of God missionary and assistant professor of New Testament studies at Asia LIFE University (Seoul, Korea).

The short work award went to Paul Elbert, adjunct Professor of Theology and Science at the Church of God Theological Seminary and of New Testament Theology at Lee University for "Possible Literary Links Between Luke-Acts and Pauline Letters Regarding Spirit-Language.”

Alexander’s Pentecostal Healing (Deo Publishing) is believed by many to be the most comprehensive study of the 19th-century healing movement and divine healing as a central belief in the early Pentecostal movement. Cho’s Spirit and Kingdom (Paternoster) interacts effectively with works by New Testament scholars James Dunn and Max Turner, exposing the weaknesses in their anti-Pentecostal positions.

Elbert’s essay, published in The Intertextuality of the Epistles: Explorations of Theory and Practice, eds. Thomas L. Brodie, Dennis R. MacDonald, and Stanley E. Porter (New Testament Monographs 16; Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006), postulates that Luke’s writing of his double work follows the expected Greco-Roman narrative-rhetorical tradition of the day with respect to earlier revered literature, like the Pauline letters. Accordingly, he seeks “to initiate and stimulate a fresh reading of Paul and extend Paul’s proper influence” by persuasively clarifying Paul’s Spirit language through vivid and plausible examples of receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Other nominated books were Kenneth J. Archer’s A Pentecostal Hermeneutic for the Twenty-First Century: Spirit, Scripture and Community (T&T Clark), and Frank D. Macchia’s Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology (Zondervan).

NAÑEZ’S Full Gospel, Fractured Minds? WINS FOUNDATION’S FIRST BOOK AWARD OF EXCELLENCE--2006

(Los Angeles, CA, 2006) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its first annual “Awards of Excellence” for Pentecostal scholarship. TFFPS co-founder and president, Robert W. Graves, announced the awards during the 2006 Conference of the Society for Pentecostal Studies convening at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. One book award and three article awards were given.

Rick Nañez, an Assemblies of God missionary in Quito, Ecuador, received the 2006 book award for the Zondervan-published Full Gospel, Fractured Minds?: A Call to Use God’s Gift of the Intellect. Reverend Nañez examines biblical teachings directing Christians to use their God-given mental abilities and contrasts this with deep-rooted anti-intellectualism still found within some Pentecostal/Charismatic circles.

Receiving the 2006 article awards were Blaine Charette, Professor of New Testament and Chair of the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies at Northwest University, Kirkland, Washington, for "'Tongues as of Fire': Judgement as a Function of Glossolalia in Luke's Thought," published in Journal of Pentecostal Theology; Paul Elbert, adjunct Professor of Theology and Science at the Church of God Theological Seminary and of New Testament Theology at Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, for "Acts of the Holy Spirit: Hermeneutical and Historiographical Reflections," published in the Norwegian journal Refleks: med karismatisk kristendom i fokus; and John Christopher Thomas, Professor of Biblical Studies at the Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee, for “Healing in the Atonement: A Johannine Perspective,” published in Journal of Pentecostal Theology.