2017 has been an amazing year for Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice. Our website and Facebook page have grown dramatically in viewership, and as 2018 comes along we stand ready to welcome new members, partner with other organizations and reach out to even more people. It’s an exciting journey to be on and I’m grateful to the Lord that I might be a part of it.
We’ve had some excellent quality articles published on this website during 2017. Here are some of the most popular:
Rick Joyner’s Daughter Won’t Have It With Her Father’s Trump Support – Anna Jane Joyner’s video and Facebook comments about her father’s wild speculations on Obama and Black Lives Matter resonated with a large number of people. Hopefully, her words made Rick himself reconsider how his political views add up to the Gospel.
Millions of Evangelicals Did Not Vote for Trump – and I’m One of Them – Craig Keener is a renowned scholar and a friend of PCPJ. His article stirred some controversy but also reassured many Bible-believing Christians that they aren’t wrong in thinking that Trump shouldn’t be supported.
The Toxic Church Culture that Causes Sexual Harassment – #MeToo – Katarina Viola Hedman’s article was published just a few days after the #metoo movement started and gained much popularity. Her questioning of stereotypes and sexist jokes in the church received some backlash but also a lot of gratefulness of speaking out on this issue.
A Charismatic Christian Wishing He Were a Mennonite – Aaron D. Taylor’s article was actually written several years ago but continues to be relevant. A lot of us at PCPJ struggle with the fact that our experience of and belief in the power of the Holy Spirit puts us in a movement that’s often so hostile towards peace and justice, even though the Spirit is clearly pro-peace and pro-justice. Taylor struggles with this and suggests that we can learn a lot from Anabaptists.
Why Aren’t There More Female Pentecostal Pastors? – Cecil Robeck’s historical article discusses the strange fact that women leaders were prevalent in the very earliest days of the Pentecostal movement, but then quickly replaced with men. Pentecostal women are slowly gaining influence, and to speed it up we ought to consider how the Spirit already at Azusa Street enabled all genders to minister and prophesy, as Joel 2 talks about.
There were many more amazing articles published this year that you can discover on your own by browsing the site. We look forward to an equally exciting 2018 with much more inspiration for Spirit-filled activism.
Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice is a multicultural, gender inclusive, and ecumenical organization that promotes peace, justice, and reconciliation work among Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians around the world. If you like what we do, please join our Facebook forum, and sign up for our newsletter!