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Scripting Pentecost
A Study of Pentecostals, Worship and Liturgy

ISBN 9780367879853
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

Scripting Pentecost explores and develops an analysis of worship and liturgy in Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions around the world. It is organized into two main sections: history and theology, and global case studies. The first section considers early Pentecostal traditions, the influence of the Welsh revival, classical Pentecostalism, the Charismatic Renewal movement and subsequent practices up to the present day. It also provides contemporary constructive theological reflections on sung worship, sacramental theology and liturgical practices. The second section offers a selection of global case studies from America, Europe, Kenya, Myanmar, Venezuela and Papua New Guinea. These case studies focus on contemporary worship and liturgical practices and their significance for Pentecostal and Charismatic studies..

Table of Contents

Introduction Mark J. Cartledge and A.J. Swoboda Part I: History and Theology 1. "New Voices:" Pentecostal Preachers in North America, 1890 – 1930 Leah Payne 2. The Welsh Revival and the Azusa Street Revival: Liturgical Connections, Similarities and Development Jennifer A. Miskov 3. Classical Pentecostal Liturgy: Between Formalism and Fanaticism Aaron Friesen 4. An Ever-Renewed Renewal: Fifty Years of Charismatic Worship Neil Hudson 5. A Theology of Sung Worship Andy Lord 6. Pentecostal Sacramentality and the Theology of the Altar Wolfgang Vondey 7. Saving Liturgy: (Re)Imagining Pentecostal - Liturgical Theology and Practice Chris E.W. Green 8. God is Doing Something New: A North American Liturgical Experience A.J. Swoboda Part II: Global Case Studies 9. Pentecostal Worship Practices in Europe Anne E. Dyer 10. Ritual and Spirituality in Kenyan Pentecostalism Samuel W. Muindi 11. Hybridity among the Chin of Myanmar Denise Ross 12. Bi-Modal Rhythms of Celebration in Venezuela Greg W. Burch 13. Worship among the Binandere of Papua New Guinea Sarita D. Gallagher

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Mark J. Cartledge is Professor of Practical Theology at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, USA.  He is also the Director of the Center for Renewal Studies in the University. He is the author of two Ashgate Books, Charismatic Glossolalia (2002) and Testimony in the Spirit (2010). His most recent book in the Pentecostal Manifesto series is entitled Mediation of the Spirit: Interventions in Practical Theology (2015). His current research is part of a major Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project looking at megachurches and their social engagement in London. The book from this project is entitled Transforming the City (2017). 

A. J. Swoboda pastors Theophilus church in urban Portland, Oregon and is the founding director of Blessed Earth Northwest, an organization turning the hearts and hands of Jesus’ people to Jesus’ creation. He teaches theology, Bible, and pastoral studies at Fuller and George Fox Evangelical seminaries. As well, A.J. authored A Glorious Dark (Baker) and Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology (Baker Academic), among other books. His website and blog can be found at He is @mrajswoboda on Twitter.


"An informative study of an important part of Pentecostal activities, this innovative collection provides a fascinating panorama on Pentecostal worship from many different perspectives. I know of no other book quite like it and it will be studied carefully with great profit."Allan H. Anderson, Professor of Mission and Pentecostal Studies, University of Birmingham

"I am happy to commend this book to many different kinds of readers, not just specialists. To my knowledge, this volume is sui generis. Nothing quite matches it in depth and scope. Reaching back to the nineteenth century of the Pentecostal movement, it also conducts the reader on a global excursion, appropriate to the world-wide growth of Spirit-filled Christian worship."Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University

"Case studies, continental perspectives, historical accounts, theological analyses – something for everyone at this triadic nexus where Pentecostalism, worship, and liturgy are enacted. Scripting Pentecost charts trajectories of research and inquiry for the next generation of scholars at this intersection."Amos Yong, Professor of Theology & Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Chapter 10 "Ritual and Spirituality in Kenyan Pentecostalism" by Samuel W. Muindi - 2017 Award of Excellence, The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship