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Macchia's basic premise assumes that late 20th century Pentecostals were lured from their original life of Spirit-baptism, speaking in tongues, faith healing and the power of witness. He challenges his fellows to reclaim their unique presence within Christendom and suggests that the Assemblies of God have much to offer Christianity. He understands that dialogue is key to Christian awareness and invites non-Pentecostals into conversation about such divergent topics as baptism, Holy Communion, ecclesiology, and the Trinity.
Although not myself a Pentecostal I find Macchia's suggestions interesting and his arguments provocative. His understanding of Jesus Christ as the "Spirit Baptizer" (based on his exegesis of Luke 3:16) is odd. His secondary placement of "water baptism" below the Holy Spirit's promised fiery baptism (reflecting the original Pentecostal theological dictum) remains questionable. Such positions serve only to ignite curiosity.
Macchia poses that Pentecostals continue to relish their Wesleyan roots. Indeed, his recap of the via salutis is very close to the early Wesleyan, Nazarene, and Methodist positions. (The good professor inserts "new life" for Wesley's Scripturally offered "new birth" along the via. It is, also, fascinating to hear a Pentecostal talk about justification and sanctification!)
Macchia tends toward run-on sentences and long chapters- one sentence dragged on for 8 lines with over 40 words in a 101-page chapter! (Someone should remind the professor that droning-on only looses reader from the discussion.) This grammatical hindrance keeps this book from earning all the stars.
This book is interesting and recommended to all with an interest in Pentecostal/Reformation theology.
Remember the Alamo! (March 6, 1836)
This is an important work for both Pentecostal's and those interested in how the Church can be united through the outpouring of the Spirit of God. This is not an easy and smooth read. This is mainly due to Macchia feeling it necessary to have discussions with Barth, Moltmann and many others besides. Another negative that I found is that Macchia does not properly link the Church with Israel. Macchia disconnects the Church from "the elect people of God in the Old Testament" and states that in Jesus the Church is finding its own election. He states (see pages 200-201 for this discussion) "though the church through Christ reaps the fruit of promises given to Israel and is nourished by their fulfillment, the Church reaps the fruit of promises given to Israel and is nourished by their fulfillment, the church is not simply Israel's replacement" ... "and Paul seems to imply that there is an 'apocalyptic mystery' yet to be revealed through Israel's witness (Rom. 11:25-32)" This is not the right reading of Romans 11:25-32 and the disconnect, in my view hurts his overall argument. I would argue instead that Jesus, as the Messiah is the true representative of Israel. In this way Jesus is the true Israel and they that put their faith in him are the reconstituted Israel. Macchia could have made this point and deepened his view of the Spirit and the Church. Another point of criticism is that the links of the Spirit in Old Testament are not brought out. In, for example Ezekiel 9-10 the glory of God leaves the Temple. At the baptism of Jesus, the fullness of the glory of God comes upon Jesus who receives the Spirit without measure. Jesus is the true Temple of God where the Spirit of God dwells. What happens in Acts 2 is Jesus filling the New Israel as the New Temple with the glory which resided in the Temple. Nevertheless, this is a great work due to its focus on the Pentecostal movement as both global in scope and eschatological in its goal. [....] I am hopeful that Macchia's work will be taken seriously by the entire theological community.