- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark (April 23, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0567656306
- ISBN-13: 978-0567656308
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.6 x 9.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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What Has Wittenberg to Do with Azusa?: Luther's Theology of the Cross and Pentecostal Triumphalism
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“David Courey writes with a pastor's heart, a theologian's thoughtfulness, a deep love for his Pentecostal tradition and a knowledge of the Theology of the Cross. Since it originates in many years of pastoral experience, David's introduction of Luther's Theology of the Cross to Pentecostalism holds the possibility of serious, constructive dialogue. David's ability to bring together Pentecostalism's enthusiasm for the Gospel with Luther's understanding of both God and the church hidden in the cross could be a dynamic force for renewal. I hope that people immersed in the traditions of both Azusa Street and Wittenberg will pay careful attention.” ―Robert A. Kelly, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Canada
“This book is an inducement to new thinking. The prima facie improbability of Martin Luther and Pentecostals as bedfellows melts in Dr. Courey's hands. He, himself a pastor/theologian or theologian/pastor, like Luther, was in a solid position to orchestrate the merging. Skillfully, he navigates history and historical theology to point Pentecostalism to a way past “institutional triumphalism” through Luther's “theology of the Cross.” Some will be provoked and others inspired. To borrow an idea he draws from Luther, Dr. Courey shows himself to be “a theologian of the cross [who] calls a thing what it actually is.”” ―Ron Kydd, Tyndale University College and Seminary, Canada
“Classical Pentecostals have long honored Luther as a progenitor of spiritual renewal but mainly as a passing stage towards an even greater triumph of the Spirit. David Courey's extremely insightful theological reflection grants Luther's theology of the cross an enduring significance in Pentecostal theologies of the Spirit, tempering their triumphalism and granting them proper direction (theologically and politically). This is a must read for Pentecostals and Charismatics as well as anyone interested in the global significance of Luther's theology of the cross.” ―Frank Macchia, Bangor University, UK
About the Author
David Courey is Pastor of Calvary Pentecostal Assembly (Cambrige, ON, Canada). He holds an MA in History and a PhD in Theology from McMaster Divinity College, Canada. He has taught in Bible Colleges in Canada, as well as in Africa and Asia.
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Based on extensive research and careful writing, Courey analyzes Pentecostalism’s current state of affairs. He explains its history in North America and elaborates on its strengths and weaknesses. As a practicing Pentecostal, Courey writes with a sincere and hopeful tone. He takes Pentecostal experiences seriously and examines them critically and fairly. After unfolding the fabric of Pentecostalism, Courey expertly presents and applies the theology of the cross. He especially uses the theology of the cross as a corrective to the distorted sense of triumphalism and the over realized eschatology inherent in Pentecostalism.
Courey explains his endeavor: “This triumphalism is the underlying issue facing Pentecostalism today. It fuels the crisis of expectancy and experience by constantly promising the immediate and often providing the indeterminate. It privileges power, success and moralism; and neglects to come to terms with suffering, failure and the on-going struggle with sin. Distinguishing this condition from the essence of Pentecostalism and proposing a better approach forms the burden of this book.”
What Courey proves is that Pentecostalism is not “irretrievably a theology of glory.” Through the lens of the theology of the cross, Courey articulates a balancing doctrine and internal corrective for Pentecostal experience, theology and spirituality. His work is complex and deep and highly fruitful for Christian readers seeking to live more faithfully in the already-not yet reality of God’s present and coming kingdom. Courey makes an accurate conclusion: “The theology of the cross reminds believers of the inescapable limitations of fallen life, and the reality that there is much of the kingdom that is not yet. And it reminds us that the Hidden God meets us where we least expect him, even in the place of suffering, despair and sin. Pentecostalism must ever come face up with the mystery of our existence in the dialectic of Spirit-filled life in a broken world.”
I think it is most applicable for advanced seminary and theology students. I recommend it for pastors and scholars involved in ministry.