Pentecost: A Day of Power for All People, By Emilio Alvarez
  • Length: 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 × 7 in
  • Published: April 25, 2023
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: A0054
  • ISBN: 9781514000540

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"The power of Pentecost is inseparable from the good news of the Christ who is proclaimed in the Gospels, in accordance with the Scriptures."

Pentecost may well be the most misconstrued day on the church calendar. A long legacy of cessationism has drained Pentecost of much of its significance, and it's largely misunderstood in many Western churches today, if not outright ignored.

That's not the case in Emilio Alvarez's tradition, though. In this Fullness of Time volume, the Pentecostal bishop and theologian offers us a rich biblical and theological introduction to the day of Pentecost and sets it in its liturgical context—not only in the Protestant tradition but also in Catholic, Orthodox, and Pentecostal expressions. The result is a rich theological feast and an invitation to find afresh the power of the gospel for all peoples.

Each volume in the Fullness of Time series invites readers to engage with the riches of the church year, exploring the traditions, prayers, Scriptures, and rituals of the seasons of the church calendar.

"Drawing from a rich array of ancient and contemporary sources, Emilio Alvarez takes us on a brief and fascinating journey through various meanings and expressions of Pentecost. Readers will gain a fresh appreciation for this season of the church year."

Christine Pohl, professor emerita of Christian ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary

"Emilio Alvarez's gifting as a thoughtful scholar and caring pastoral practitioner is on full display in his work Pentecost. Alvarez was created to craft this book. His deep love and passion for the church are evident throughout the text. Alvarez's study is historically rich, theologically sound, ecumenically inclusive, and prophetically challenging all at the same time. Alvarez helps us to look back, within, and forward in a pilgrimage toward Pentecost."

Charles O. Galbreath, senior pastor of Alliance Tabernacle, Brooklyn, and associate dean at Alliance Theological Seminary

"This volume offers a brilliant reflection on the meaning of the great feast of Pentecost. Alvarez masterfully weaves biblical and historical references to help readers see the powerful light that this feast brings to the world, namely the light of God's manifest presence. Moreover, Alvarez's anointed and beautiful writing creates a hunger for more of the divine light."

Cheryl Bridges Johns, visiting professor and director of the Pentecostal House of Study at United Theological Seminary

Read an Excerpt


The Fullness of Time: Series Preface by Esau McCaulley
The Power of Pentecost: An Introduction

1. Pentecost: A Feast of Fifty Days, First Fruits, and Harvest
2. Learning to Speak in Other Tongues: Pentecost and Its Multilingual, Communal Spirituality
3. How Shall We Move? Rituals of Pentecost
4. Pentecost Prayers, Hymns, and Scriptures



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Emilio Alvarez

Emilio Alvarez (PhD, Fordham University) is the presiding bishop of the Union of Charismatic Orthodox Churches, a communion that embraces the one holy, catholic, apostolic tradition. He is also associate provost for lifelong learning at Asbury Theological Seminary.