The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism  -     By: Larry Vern Newman
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The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism

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It is quite an assertion to claim that one is filled with the Spirit of God. What does a person offer as proof that this is actually true? Pentecostals at the turn of the twentieth century read the Bible, debated the issue, and then proposed evidence they thought the Scriptures indicated was the primary verification of Spirit-baptism. It was determined that the evidence to prove one had been baptized with the Holy Spirit was that the person had spoken in an unknown language as prompted by the Holy Spirit. The primary evidence of Spirit-baptism, it was concluded, was the expression of a charism.

In The Ultimate Evidence, Larry Newman argues that the initial evidence doctrine, as it stands, is inadequate and needs to be revisited and adjusted. Without discrediting or devaluing speaking in tongues, Newman points the reader to the ultimate evidence of Spirit-baptism: the more excellent way. Gathering from historical, cultural, and biblical sources, Dr. Newman argues that the biblical evidential paradigm is ethical and issues forth from the agape of the Cross. It is the ethical dimension of the Christian life that is primary.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 170
Vendor: Wipf and Stock
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1606080938
ISBN-13: 9781606080931
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Author: Dr. Larry Vern Newman
Located in: Wenatchee, WA
Submitted: April 07, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Dr. Larry Vern Newman is a professor with Columbia Evangelical Seminary and teaches Church Growth/Renewal, Pastoral Theology, and Theology. Dr. Newman was ordained by the Assemblies of God in 1966, and ordained by the Iowa Conference of the United Church of Christ in 1974. He served as Pastor or Interim Pastor in the Assemblies of God and various independent community churches and several congregations of the United Church of Christ. Dr. Newman also served in administrative positions, and taught Pastoral Theology and Apologetics at Open Bible College, Des Moines, IA. He served as Executive Director of Maranatha Ministries, Inc., Kirkland, WA (a parachurch organization involved in Teaching, Youth, and Radio ministries). He is listed in the Dictionary of International Biography, Cambridge, England, Who's Who in Religion, and Personalities of the West and Midwest. He is a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. Dr. Newman earned a B.A. (Theology) from Northwest University, Kirkland, WA., an M.Div. (Church History) from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA., and a D.Min. (Church Growth/Renewal) from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology, Pasadena, CA. Theological Persuasion: Reformed, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic. He has been published in several Pentecostal magazines, and is the author of the recently released book: “The Ultimate Evidence: Rethinking the Evidence Issues for Spirit-baptism”

    What was your motivation behind this project?  My intent is to clarify and refine the Pentecostal "Initial Evidence Doctrine"

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that Christians of all persuasions will come to understand this controversial doctrine more clearly and thus come to a better understanding of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I have come to a better understanding of my faith and how it has been impacted by the biblical, historical and cultural issues researched and studied.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Donald G. Bloesch, Daniel B. Pecota, Ray S. Anderson, Karl Barth, T. F. Torrence, John Stott, Elton Trueblood, Gordon Fee, Richard Lovelace.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  My wife, Marlena and I have six children, seventeen grand children and five great grands.

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