I grew up Pentecostal. When I was just starting into ministry I was introduced to the work of Edith Blumhofer and enjoyed her work on Assemblies of God history.
Years later I was able to meet Vinson Synan a couple of times. He was another great historian and was a bridge from eyewitnesses of the Azusa Street Revival to the current time.
Both of these great voices of Pentecostal history have passed away recently. I am thankful their work lives on.
I had the pleasure of sitting with Vinson Synan at breakfast in March at Society for Pentecostal Studies. He is an incredible man and wonderful conversationalist. This interview has a few of his reflections regarding the witness of Pentecost he has personally seen in the past several decades.
One comment stands out for me as a Pentecostal pastor. The questions was asked, “What do you see as the greatest challenge for Pentecostals in the next decade?”
To keep the Pentecostal fire burning. All of its big revivals have cooled off after a generation or so. Pentecostalism is into its second century, but it’s still vigorous because it tends to renew itself every 30 or 40 years. If [its leaders] keep the excitement and the fire going intellectually and culturally, the [movement will] continue to grow.
May we continue to be renewed by the power of the Spirit!