MACCHIA’S Jesus the Spirit Baptizer: Christology in Light of Pentecost WINS 2019 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

(Hyattsville, MD, March 2, 2019) The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (TFFPS) has conferred its 2019 awards for excellence in Pentecostal scholarship. The awards were announced at the 2019 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 Frank D. Macchia for His Jesus the Spirit Baptizer: Christology in Light of Pentecost, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI 2018). Macchia is professor of Christian theology at Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California, and associate director of the Center for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at Bangor University, Wales (UK). His other books include the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary volume on Revelation and Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God.

Four other books were nominated for this year’s award: Ayodeji Adewuya’s Holiness in the Letters of Paul, Jonathan Black’s Apostolic Theology, David R. Johnson’s Pneumatic Discernment in the Apocalypse, and Luke Timothy Johnson’s Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation.

Three Awards of Excellence for short works were conferred this year to the following scholars: Reed Carlson for “Hannah at Pentecost: On Recognizing Spirit Phenomena in Early Jewish Literature” (Journal of Pentecostal Theology 27:2018); Mark Cartledge for “Spirit Empowered ‘Walking Alongside: Towards a Renewal Theology of Public Life’” (Journal of Pentecostal Theology 27:2018); Chloe Lynch for “Love, Leadership and McDonald’s: McDonald’s, Anderson and the Telos of Ecclesial Leadership” (Journal of the European Pentecostal Association, September 2018).

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Stanley Burgess, Randy Clark, Ronald Cottle, William De Arteaga, Jack Deere, Paul Elbert, Andrew Floris, Robert Graves, Gary Greig, Wayne Grudem, James Hernando, Melvin Hodges, Eddie Hyatt, William Kay, Craig Keener, Robert Menzies, J. P. Moreland, Doug Oss, Mel Robeck Jr., Jon Ruthven, Mark Rutland, Omer Jaye Sharp, Gary Shogren, Sam Storms, Horace Ward, David Womack

Strangers to Fire is an anthology of 35 previously published (for the most part) essays by 26 authors of the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Third Wave movements, or non-cessationists of traditional denominations, responding to John F. MacArthur's Strange Fire or cessationism and the abuse of the charismata in general.


"Cessationism is no longer the default position of evangelical Christianity. This is partly due to the worldwide growth of the Pentecostal-charismatic movement, in which miraculous spiritual gifts play a prominent role. It is mostly due, however, to the biblical, theological, and historical errors of cessationism itself, errors that are patently refuted in this new anthology from The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship."

—George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God (USA) and Chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship

"John MacAuthur’s cessationist views, which he has advocated over a few decades now, have been re-stated in a recent publication. This is the occasion for a compilation of chapters by many highly competent scholars to deal with far more than an effective rebuttal of cessationism. In dealing with cessationism the authors have actually engaged in substantial biblical theology. I have always been of the view that the best defense against ces­sa­­tionism is not simply to refute the details of the position, but to positively describe major theological themes of scripture, particularly the kingdom of God as inaugurated eschatology, the primary mission and message of Jesus. Where such theology is positively articulated, cessationism will with­­­er on the vine. This is the virtue of this work. The first half does refute MacAuthur’s position, point by point, but the second half includes various examples of a positive biblical theology. This is most gratifying. There are also a number of chapters on signs and wonders in church history, proving continuation. A general impression of the contributions from this gathering of scholars is that they are both competent in their academic fields and living witnesses to the ongoing charismatic presence of the Holy Spirit today."

—Derek Morphew, Ph.D., Academic Dean, Vineyard Institute, Author of Breakthrough: Discovering the Kingdom

"If only Reformed cessationists would read this book! In it world class scholars with integrity and clarity provide biblical and historical evidence that the Holy Spirit is the same yesterday, today and forever. Short of being convinced by an undoubted widespread outpouring of the Holy Spirit in signs and wonders in our own generation this book is as good as it gets as we wait for such. Surely any honest inquirer of truth will be persuaded of the thesis of these godly writers."

—R. T. Kendall, D.Phil., Minister of Westminster Chapel, London (1977-2002)

"The scholars who contributed to this book have provided us with an excellent biblical defense of the present-day operation of the Holy Spirit’s power. . . . This book will provide a solid foundation for younger leaders in our movement who desire to see a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their generation. The biggest danger the church faces today is the smug, self-righteous attitude that we can build the church without God’s super­natural power. May the inspiration in these pages help us all to cry out with one voice, 'Come, Holy Spirit!'”

—J. Lee Grady, former editor of Charisma, author of The Holy Spirit Is Not for Sale

"Strangers to Fire is the collective voice of respected scholars and Bible teachers . . . It is thorough and grounded in biblical truth. What an incredible resource and reference book to have in one’s possession. Someone once said, “Abuse and misuse is no excuse for disuse.” When it comes to the exercise of spiritual gifts and God’s supernatural power, may none of us ever shrink back because of the counterfeit and unfortunate misapplication. This blockbuster book will inspire and keep all of us on the right track to convey God’s unfathomable power to a desperate generation."

—Larry Tomczak, best-selling author, church planter, and cultural commentator

"This anthology of thirty-five essays is a formidable apologetic for the pre­sent-day continuation of all the spiritual gifts; the articles are historically, exegetically and experientially oriented. Writers include lifelong “clas­sical” Pentecostals, charismatics and “converts” to the continuationist un­der­­standing of spiritual gifts. Highly recommended for open-minded, open-hearted readers, as well as for continuationists as a most helpful reference book."

—Anthony D. Palma, Th.D., Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, author of The Holy Spirit: A Pentecostal Perspective

"This is more than a response to Pastor John MacArthur’s Strange Fire book. It is a robust collection of wide-ranging biblical, historical, and theo­logical essays and articles from some of the best minds in the Charismatic-Pentecostal movement, exposing the errors of cessationism and making clear why the Bible mandates continuationism. Readers will also be sur­prised by some of the historical essays documenting the Spirit’s work through the generations."

—Michael L. Brown, Ph.D., author of Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire

"This magnificent collection of essays answers the question: Are gifts of the Spirit for today? Anyone who is uncertain about what the Bible teaches about spiritual gifts or who teaches New Testament pneumatology will find this book of essays important and valuable. Truly the collection is a remarkable apologetic for the biblical view of spiritual gifts and can be expected to have a long and useful life. This book could not be more timely since it drives another nail in the coffin of John MacArthur’s bad stereotyping of Pentecostals and Charismatics in his new book Strange Fire. His intemperate anger at the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement has blinded him to his misinterpretations of Scripture and the error of his rejection of the continuing role of the Spirit’s power and gifts in the mod­ern church. It is hard to be irenic, but perhaps a few of MacArthur’s criti­cisms of Pentecostals and Charismatics have a worthwhile purpose in re­gard to excesses.

The essays are well-researched and carefully written by a distinguished array of scholars who have seen fashionable theories of Scripture come and go, but none of the theories have diminished their confidence in the Spirit’s power and gifts for today’s church."

—French L. Arrington, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of New Testament Greek and Exegesis, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, author of Encountering the Holy Spirit

"John MacArthur has done it again. With his newest attack on Pentecostals and Charismatics, Strange Fire, MacArthur, like Don Quixote tilting at windmills, continues his hopeless quest to put an end to the most energetic and fastest growing group of Christians in the world. MacArthur never quits. This is his third book on the subject.

"When MacArthur published his first attack, The Charismatics, in 1978, there were about 100,000,000 Pentecostals and Charismatics in the world. By the time he introduced his second attack, Charismatic Chaos, in 1993, the number had grown to 450,000,000. And now with the publication of his third attack, Strange Fire, the number has reached to no less than 628,000,000. All I can say is, the more MacArthur attacks us, the more we grow.

"Write another book, John.

"Strangers to Fire, in answer to John MacArthur’s 2013 book Strange Fire, is a masterful collection of scholarly responses by a coterie of excellent scholars. It should be on the bookshelf of every Spirit-filled leader."

—Vinson Synan, Dean Emeritus, Regent University School of Divinity