Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration: Multidisciplinary Studies from a Pentecostal Perspective

· Pentecostals, Peacemaking, and Social Justice Book 3 · Wipf and Stock Publishers

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Although history is replete with tales of revenge, Christian forgiveness provides an alternate response. In this volume, Pentecostal scholars from various disciplines offer their vision for forgiveness, reconciliation, and restoration. The essayists offer long-overdue Pentecostal perspectives through analysis of contemporary theological issues, personal testimony, and prophetic possibilities for restoration of individual relationships and communities. Though Pentecostals remain committed to Spirit-empowered witness as recorded in Luke-Acts, these scholars embrace a larger Lukan vision of Spirit-initiated inclusivity marked by reconciliation. The consistent refrain calls for forgiveness as an expression of God's love that does not demand justice but rather seeks to promote peace by bringing healing and reconciliation in relationships between people united by one Spirit.

About the author

Martin W. Mittelstadt (PhD, Marquette University) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Evangel University. His publications include The Spirit and Suffering in Luke-Acts (2004) and Reading Luke-Acts in the Pentecostal Tradition (2010). Geoffrey W. Sutton (PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia) is Professor of Psychology at Evangel University. He is a consulting psychologist, lecturer, and author. He contributes articles on faith and psychology for various journals, and serves as a director on the International Board of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

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