Cecil M. Robeck Jr.

Senior Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Special Assistant to the President for Ecumenical RelationsSchool of Theology

Contact Information
AA, San Jose City College
BS, Bethany Bible College
MDiv, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary
Honorary DD, Bethany University

Cecil M. Robeck, who has worked at Fuller Seminary since 1974, is senior professor of church history and ecumenics and special assistant to the president for ecumenical relations. Most recently, Robeck served as the director of the David J. DuPlessis Center for Christian Spirituality. His recent historical research centers on the Azusa Street Mission and Revival and its African American pastor William Seymour. In 1999, he received a grant from the John Randolf Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation to explore this topic and its impact on Los Angeles. His recent publications in the field of ecumenics have focused on the Holy Spirit, the Church, unity in the Pentecostal perspective, and potential contributions the Pentecostal Movement can make to the world Christian Movement.

Previously, Robeck served as an instructor in religion at Southern California College (now Vanguard University) in Costa Mesa, California, and as a trustee for Bethany Bible College in Scotts Valley, California. At Fuller, he has served in several administrative positions, including associate dean for Academic Programs in the School of Theology, director of Academic Services, director of Student Services, and director of Admissions and Records.

An ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, Robeck has also worked on ecumenical issues for nearly 30 years with the World Council of Churches, the Vatican, the World Alliance [now Communion] of Reformed Churches, and other groups. He serves as a consultant to the chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization for long-term relations with the Vatican. For the past 13 years Robeck has served on the steering committee of the Global Christian Forum. He also participated with Pope John Paul II in worship events in Rome and Assisi. For 18 years he has met annually with the Secretaries of Christian World Communions and he appears regularly as a panelist on broadcasts of the American Religious Town Hall Meeting.

Robeck is author of The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement (2006, Recipient of the Pneuma Award, and nominated for the Grawmeyer Award) and Prophecy at Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian (1992). He is the editor of Witness to Pentecost: The Life of Frank Bartleman (1985) and Charismatic Experiences in History (1985), and co-editor of The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy (2006) and The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians (2006). He co-edited the Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism with Amos Yong. For nine years, he was editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He is also part of the Azusa Street Memorial Committee and has lectured locally on the early Pentecostal sites in Los Angeles at UCLA, USC, Vanguard University, and the Japanese American National Museum.

Selected Courses Taught

  • CH500 Early Church History
  • CH502 Medieval and Reformation History
  • CH504 Modern Church History
  • CH536/836 Christian Unity and Bilateral Dialogues
  • CH547/847 History and Development of Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements
  • CH584/884A Post-Vatican II Catholic Church

Areas of Expertise, Research and Writing

Global Pentecostalism (history, theology, and spirituality), charismatic renewal, ecumenism



  • Editor, Witness to Pentecost: The Life of Frank Bartleman. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1985.
  • Editor, Charismatic Experiences in History. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1985.
  • Author, Prophecy at Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 1992.
  • Author, The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006. • This volume received the Pneuma Book Award for 2007 from the Society for Pentecostal Studies (March 10, 2007) and was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for 2008. • Translated by M. Павлов into the Russian language as Азуза-стрит: миссия и пробуждение (Александрия: ЕЗДРА, 2011). For this translation, a 12,400 word Chapter 7, titled “The Azusa Street Message Comes to Eastern Europe,” was added between chapters 6 and 7 of the English version. This edition also contains a timeline of relevant events (pp. 454-64). • Translated by Gulyás Melinda into the Hungarian language as Az Azusa Utcai Misszió És Ébredés: A Pünkösdi Világmozgalom Születése (Budapest: Pünkösdi Teológiai Főiskola, 2015). This translation contains the same chapter on Eastern Europe found in the Russian edition, and a Foreword explaining the relevance of the story to the coming of Pentecostalism to Hungary.
  • Co-Editor with Harold D. Hunter, The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy. Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2006; re-released by Wipf & Stock, 2010.
  • Co-Editor with Harold D. Hunter, The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians. Carlisle, England: Paternoster, 2006.
  • Co-editor with Amos Yong, The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014.


  • “What is the Meaning of Hilastērion in Romans 3:25?” Studia Biblica et Theologica 4:1 (1974), 21-36.
  • “The Gift of Prophecy in Acts and Paul, Part I,” Studia Biblica et Theologica 5:1 (1975), 15-38.
  • “The Gift of Prophecy in Acts and Paul, Part II,” Studia Biblica et Theologica 5:2 (1975), 37-54.
  • “Origen, Celsus and Prophetic Utterance,” Paraclete 11:1 (Winter 1977), 19-23.
  • “How Do You Judge Prophetic Utterance?” Paraclete 11:2 (Spring 1977), 12-16.
  • “Ecclesiastical Authority and the Power of the Spirit,” Paraclete 12:3 (summer 1978), 17-23.
  • “The Gift of Prophecy and the All-Sufficiency of Scripture,” Paraclete 13:1 (Winter 1979), 27-31; reprinted in Robert W. Graves, Ed. Strangers to Fire: When Tradition Trumps Scripture (Woodstock, GA: The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship, 2014), 453-458.
  • “Written Prophecies: A Question of Authority,” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 2:2 (Fall 1980), 26-45.
  • “Montanism: A Problematic Spirit Movement,” Paraclete 15:3 (summer 1981), 24-29.
  • “Visions and Prophecy in The Writings of Cyprian,” Paraclete 16:3 (summer 1982), 21-25.
  • “The Church: A Unique Movement of the Spirit,” Paraclete 16:4 (Fall 1982), 1-4.
  • “Cyprian, Demons, and Exorcism,” Paraclete 17:1 (Winter 1983), 18-22.
  • “The Decade (1973-1982) in Pentecostal-Charismatic Literature: A Bibliographic Essay,” Theology News & Notes 30:1 (March, 1983), 24-29. Revised and reprinted in Australia as “Pentecostal/Charismatic Literature: A Survey of the Last Ten Years.” Zadok Centre Reading Guide R22 (May 1984), 9 pp.; revised and reprinted as a TCL Guide under the title “Recent Pentecostal/ Charismatic Literature: A Bibliographic Essay,” The Christian Librarian 28:2 (February 1985), 39-42, 44-46; original reprinted as “The Decade in Pentecostal-Charismatic Literature (1973-82): A Bibliographic Essay,” TSF Bulletin 8:5 (May-June 1985), 23-26.
  • “Prophetic Authority in the Charismatic Setting: The Need to Test,” Theological Renewal 24 (July 1983), 4-10.
  • “Hippolytus on the Gift of Prophecy,” Paraclete 17:3 (summer 1983), 22-27.
  • “The Earliest Pentecostal Missions of Los Angeles,” Assemblies of God Heritage 3:3 (Fall 1983), 3-4, 12.
  • “The Prophet in the Didache,” Paraclete 18:1 (Winter 1984), 16-19.
  • “Prophecy in The Shepherd of Hermas,” Paraclete 18:2 (Spring 1984), 12-17.
  • “Tertullian and Prophetic Gifts,” Paraclete 18:3 (summer 1984), 16-21.
  • “Irenaeus and ‘Prophetic Gifts’,” in Paul Elbert, ed. Essays on Apostolic Themes: Studies in Honor of Howard M. Ervin (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1985), 104-114.
  • “Origen’s Treatment of the Charismata in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10,” in Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., ed. Charismatic Experiences in History (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1985), 111-125.
  • “The Writings and Thought of Frank Bartleman,” Witness to Pentecost: The Life of Frank Bartleman (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1985), vii-xxviii.
  • “The Pentecostal Movements in the U.S.: Recent Historical Bibliography,” Evangelical Studies Bulletin 3:1 (March 1986), 7-9.
  • “Pentecostals and the Apostolic Faith: Implications for Ecumenism,” Pneuma 9:1 (Spring 1987), 61-84, reprinted in One in Christ 23 (1987), 110-130. Pneuma 9:1 was also published for the National Council of Churches as a book titled Confessing the Apostolic Faith: Pentecostal Churches and the Ecumenical Movement (Pasadena, Calif.: Society for Pentecostal Studies, 1987), 61-84.
  • “Canon, Regulae Fidei, and Continuing Revelation in the Early Church,” Church, Word, and Spirit: Historical and Theological Essays in honor of Geoffrey W. Bromiley, James E. Bradley and Richard A. Muller, eds. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1987) 65-91.
  • “Gift of Prophecy,” The Pentecostal Minister 8:1 (Spring 1989), 39-43.
  • “Growing Up Pentecostal,” Theology News & Notes 35:1 (March 1988) 4-7, 26.
  • “The International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue: A Status Report,” National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers Newsletter (Summer 1988), 4-11.
  • “The 1906 Azusa Street Revival,” Assemblies of God Heritage 8:3 (Fall 1988), 12-15, reprinted from Stanley M. Burgess and Gary B. McGee, eds., A Dictionary of the American Pentecostal and Charismatic Traditions (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1988).
  • “The Ecclesiology of Koinonia and Baptism: A Pentecostal Perspective,” with Jerry L. Sandidge, Journal of Ecumenical Studies 27:3 (summer 1990), 504-34.
  • “William J. Seymour and the ‘Bible Evidence’,” in Gary B. McGee, ed., Initial Evidence: Historical and Biblical Perspectives on the Pentecostal Doctrine of Spirit Baptism (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 1991), 72-95.
  • “The Social Concern of Early American Pentecostalism,” Jan A.B. Jongeneel, ed. Pentecost, Mission and Ecumenism: Essays on Intercultural Theology: Festschrift in Honour of Professor Walter J. Hollenweger, Studies in the Intercultural History of Christianity, 75 (Frankfort am Main: Peter Lang, 1992), 97-106; translated and published as “Das soziale Anliegen der frühen amerikanischen Pfingstbewegung,” In Michael Bergunder, Ed. Pfingstbewegung und Bassisgemeinden In Lateinamerika. Die Rezeption befreiungstheologischer Konzept durch die pfingsliche Theologie, Weltmission heute 39 (Hamburg, Germany: Evangelisches Missionswerk In Deutschland, 2000), 57-66, notes 145-49.
  • “Taking Stock of Pentecostalism: The Personal Reflections of a Retiring Editor,” Pneuma 15:1 (Spring 1993), 35-60. Published in revised and edited version as “Pentecostals and Visible Church Unity,” One World, No. 192, (January/February 1994), 11-14. The latter was edited, translated, and published as “Les pentecôtistes et l’unité visible de l’Eglise,” in Unite des Chretiens, No. 94 (April 1994), 14-15, a journal begun by the French Catholic Bishops’ Commission on Christian Unity now related to the Council of Christian Churches in France.
  • “A Pentecostal Reflects on Canberra,” in Bruce J. Nicholls and Bong Rin Ro, eds., Beyond Canberra: Evangelical Responses to Contemporary Ecumenical Issues (Oxford, England: Regnum Books/Lynx Communications, 1993), 108-20.
  • “Pentecostal Origins in Global Perspective,” in Harold D. Hunter and Peter D. Hocken, eds., All Together in One Place: Theological Papers from the Brighton Conference on World Evangelization (Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993), 166-80.
  • “Discerning the Spirit in the Life of the Church,” William Barr and Rena Yocum, eds., The Church in the Movement of the Spirit (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994), 29-49.
  • “A Pentecostal Looks at the World Council of Churches,” The Ecumenical Review, 47:1, (1995), 60-69.
  • “Mission and the Issue of Proselytism,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 20:1, (1996), 2-8.
  • “Racial Reconciliation at Memphis: Some Personal Reflections,” Pneuma 18:1 (Spring 1996), 135-40.
  • “The Assemblies of God and Ecumenical Cooperation: 1920-1965,” in Wonsuk Ma and Robert Menzies, Eds., Pentecostalism in Context: Essays in Honor of William W. Menzies, Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series 11 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997), 107-150.
  • “Evangelization or Proselytism of Hispanics? A Pentecostal Perspective,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 4:4 (1997), 42-64.
  • “Evangelicals and Catholics Together,” One in Christ 33:2 (1997), 138-160; slightly revised and included in Thomas P. Rausch, Ed. Catholics and Evangelicals: Do They Share A Common Future? (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2000), 13-36.
  • “A Pentecostal Assessment of ‘Towards a Common Understanding and Vision’ of the WCC,” Midstream: The Ecumenical Movement Today 37:1 (January 1998), 1-36.
  • “Some Reflections from a Pentecostal/Evangelical Perspective,” Alan Falconer, ed. Faith and Order in Moshi: The 1996 Commission Meeting, Faith and Order Paper No. 117 (Geneva: WCC Publications, 1998), 135-140.
  • “Do ‘Good Fences Make Good Neighbors’? Evangelization, Proselytism, and Common Witness,” Asian Journal of Pentecostal Theology 2:1 (January 1999), 87-103.
  • “Introduction,” for Evelyn M. E. Taylor, Historical Digest of Jefferson County, West Virginia’s African American Congregations 1859-1994, with Selected Churches in Neighboring Berkeley County, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, (Washington, D.C.: Middle Atlantic Regional Press, 1999), xix-xxv.
  • “Pentecostals and Ecumenism in a Pluralistic World,” In Murray W. Dempster, and Byron Klaus, Douglas Petersen, Eds., The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel (Oxford, England: Regnum Press, 1999), 338-362.
  • “Discerning the Work of the Spirit into the 21st Century,” In Young-Hoon Lee, Ed., Preparing for the Spiritual Challenge of the 21st Century (Seoul, Korea: International Theological Institute, 1999), 135-190.
  • “When Being a ‘Martyr’ Is Not Enough: Catholics and Pentecostals,” Pneuma 21:1 (Spring 1999), 3-10.
  • “The New Ecumenism,” in Max Stackhouse, Tim Dearborn, and Scott Paeth, Eds. The Local Church in a Global Era: Reflections for a New Century (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000), 168-177.
  • “Do We Agree as to When Evangelism Becomes Proselytism?” Ecumenical Trends 29:10 (November 2000), 7/151-14/158.
  • “Are the Walls Too High?” Theology, News & Notes 48:1 (Spring 2001), 3-6.
  • “Worship in the Evangelical Tradition,” Ecumenical Trends 30:6 (June 2001), 13-16.
  • “Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue: Some Pentecostal Assumptions,” The Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 21 (2001), 3-25. This article is also available online at: http://www.eptaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/JEPTA-2001-211.pdf
  • “Pentecostal Challenges In the Americas,” In Christoph Dahling-Sander, Kai M. Fundschmidt, und Vera Mielke, Eds. Pfingstkirchen und Ökumene In Bewegung, a special issue of Beiheft zur Ökumenischen Rundschau No. 71 (Frankfurt am Main: Otto-Lembeck Verlag, 2001), 115-137.
  • “Florence Crawford and the Apostolic Faith Movement,” In James R. Goff, Jr. and Grant Wacker, Eds. Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Pioneers (Fayetteville: The University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 219-235, 406-410.
  • “Truth and Community: Insights from the Past and the Present,” in Theology, News & Notes 50:1 (Winter 2003), 12-15, 19.
  • “Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches and Ecumenism: An Interview with Cecil M. Robeck, Jr.” in The Pneuma Review 6:1 (Winter 2003), 22-35. This interview is also available on the net at: http://pneumareview.com/pentecostalcharismatic-churches-and-ecumenism-an-interview-with-mel-robeck/.
  • “The Challenge Pentecostalism Poses to the Quest for Ecclesial Unity,” in Peter Walter, Klaus Krämer und George Augustin, Eds. Die Kirche en ökumenischer Perspektive [a festschrift for Cardinal Walter Kasper on his 70th Birthday] (Freiburg, Switzerland: Herder, 2003), 306-320.
  • “The Pentecostal Movement Should Open Her Eyes to the Ecumenical Movement,” Church Growth Journal 4 (April 2003), 32-38. An interview published in Korean.
  • “The Influence on the Churches in the World: Interview by Yong-gi Hong in Sung-hoon Myung and Yong-gi Hong, Eds. Charis and Charisma: David Yonggi Cho and the Growth of Yoido Full Gospel Church (Oxford, England: Regnum Books International, 2003), 27-34.
  • “An Emerging Magisterium? The Case of the Assemblies of God,” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 25:2 (2003), 164-215 and in Wonsuk Ma and Robert P. Menzies, Eds. The Spirit and Spirituality: Essays in Honour of Russell P. Spittler, JPT Supp. 24 (London, England: T & T Clark International/Continuum, 2004), 212-252; translated and published as “Die Entstehung eines kirchlichen Lehramst? Der Fall der Assemblies of God,” in Jörg Haustein and Giovanni Maltese, Eds. Handbuch pingstliche und charismatische Theologie (Göttlingen, Germany: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014), 160-208.
  • “Pentecostals and Christian Unity: Facing the Challenge,” in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 26:2 (2004), 307-338.
  • “The Past: Historical Roots of Racial Unity and Division in American Pentecostalism,” in Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research 14 (May 2004), at www.pctii.org/cyberj/cyberj14/robeck.html.
  • “The Holy Spirit and the Unity of the Church: The Challenge of Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Independent Movements,” in D. Donnelly, A. Denaux, and J. Famerée, Eds. The Holy Spirit, the Church and Christian Unity: Proceedings of the Consultation Held at the Monastery of Bose, Italy (14-20 October 2002), BETL 181 (Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press, 2005), 353-381.
  • “John Paul II: A Personal Account of His Impact and Legacy,” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 27:1 (2005), 3-34.
  • “Uncovering the Forgotten Story of the Azusa Street Mission,” Assemblies of God Heritage 25:4 (Winter 2005-2006), 12-15.
  • “Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue: An Update on the Fifth Round of Discussions,” Boletin Eclesiastico de Filipinas Volume LXXXII, No. 854 (May-June 2006), 473-508.
  • “Azusa Street Timeline, “Enrichment: 11:2 (Spring 2006), 26-40, 42; edited and published as The Azusa Street Revival Timeline,” Enrichment Asia: A Journal for Asian Pentecostal Ministers (3rd Quarter 2006), 20-26.
  • “Azusa Street: 100 Years Later,” Enrichment 11:2 (Spring 2006), 65-70, 103-108; edited and published under the same title in Enrichment Asia: A Journal for Asian Pentecostal Ministers (3rd Quarter 2006), 4-6, 8-10; translated into Spanish and published as “Calle Azusa: 100 Año Después” in Revista de enriquecimiento Primavera 2006 at: http://www.ag.org/enrichmentjournal_sp/200602/20060_26_Azusa.cfm. Translated into Polish and published as “Przebudzenie Z Azusa Street: I jego Oddziatywanie Sto Iat Później,” in Chrześcijanin Nr. 03-04 (650-651), (Marzec – Kwiecień 2006), 16-20. Translated into Hungarian and published as “Az Azusa utca – száz év távlatából,” Tárház: Theológiai cikkek kereszytén vezetők számára Ünnepi duplaszám (2007 tavasz), 1-7. This article is available at the following site: http://www.tarhazmagazin.com/ARCHIVUM/200604_200701_TARHAZ.pdf. Translated into Romanian as “Strada Azusa: 100 de ani mai târziu” Resurse Spirituale 19 (Primǎvera 2007), 4-17, and available at: http://ag.org/enrichmentjournal/International_PDF/Romanian/2007_primarvara_numarul_19_Azusa.pdf
  • “William J. Seymour: An Early Model of Pentecostal Leadership,” Enrichment 1:2 (Spring 2006), 50-51; edited and published under the same title in Enrichment Asia: A Journal for Asian Pentecostal Ministers (3rd Quarter 2006), 14-15. Translated into Romanian and published as “William J. Seymour: Un prim model de conducere penticostalã Resurse Spirituale 19 (Primǎvera 2007), 18-19. and available at http://ag.org/enrichmentjournal/International_PDF/Romanian/2007_primarvara_numarul_19_Azusa.pdf
  • “A Pentecostal Perspective on Leadership,” in Richard J. Mouw and Eric O. Jacobsen, Eds., Traditions in Leadership: How Faith Traditions Shape the Way We Lead (Pasadena, CA: De Pree Leadership Center, 2006), 139-160, endnotes 234-237.
  • “Interview with Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. “[by D. Allen Tennison] Assemblies of God Heritage 25:4 (Winter 2005-2006), 16-21.
  • “Christians and Persecution: Making an Appropriate Response, “in Harold D. Hunter and Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Eds., The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians (Bletchley, UK: Paternoster, 2006), 62-81.
  • “Pentecostalism and Mission: From Azusa Street to the Ends of the Earth,” Missiology: An International Review 35:1 (2007), 75-92.
  • “Letting the Riffraff In,” in Christian T. Collins Winn, Ed. From the Margins” A Celebration of the Theological Work of Donald W. Dayton Princeton Theological Monograph Series (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2007), 329-333.
  • “The Leadership Legacy of William J. Seymour,” in Byron D. Klaus, Ed., We’ve Come This Far: Reflections on the Pentecostal Tradition and Racial Reconciliation Encounter: The Pentecostal Ministry Series, 2 (Springfield, MO: The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2007), 39-65, 175-182.
  • “On Becoming a Christian: An Important Theme in the International Roman Catholic – Pentecostal Dialogue,” PentecoStudies: Online Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Pentecostalism and Charismatic Movements 8:2 (Fall 2008), 1-23. See www.glopent.net/pentecostudies/2008-vol-7/no-2-autumn/robeck-2008/
  • “Cooperation and the Promotion of Unity: A Pentecostal Perspective,” David A. Kerr and Kenneth Ross, Eds., Edinburgh 2010: Mission Then and Now (Oxford, England: Regnum Press/Pasadena, CA: William Carey/Bangalore, India: SATHRI, 2009), 290-303. A longer version of this chapter as originally presented may be found at: www.towards2010.org.uk/downloads/t2010paper08robeck.pdf.
  • “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2010,” Ecumenical Trends 39:1 (January 2010), 7-9, 14. This homily was also published on the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute website as “You Are Witnesses of These Things (Luke 24:48),” Martin Luther King, Jr. Homily for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2010. The homily is available online at: http://www.geii.org/wpcu_homily_notes_mlk.htm and http://www.geii.org/ecumenica_ltrends_january_2010.pdf
  • “Hard Lessons from the International Roman Catholic – Pentecostal Dialogue,” Wolfgang Vondey, Ed. Pentecostalism and Christian Unity: Ecumenical Documents and Critical Assessments (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010), 82-98.
  • “Introducing Pentecostals to Lutherans,” in Lutherans and Pentecostals in Dialogue (Strasbourg, France: Institute for Ecumenical Research / Pasadena, CA: David du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality / Zürich, Switzerland: The European Pentecostal Charismatic Research Association, 2010), 31-57.
  • “Ecumenism,” in Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, André Drooger, and Cornelis van der Laan, Eds., Studying Global Pentecostalism: Theories and Methods (Berkeley, CA; University of California Press, 2010), 286-307.
  • “Evangelism and Ecumenism One Hundred Years after Edinburgh, Part I,” in The Lutheran Forum 44:2 (Summer 2010), 33-39.
  • “Evangelism and Ecumenism One Hundred Years after Edinburgh, Part II,” in The Lutheran Forum 44:3 (Fall 2010), 39-44.
  • “Fuller’s Ecumenical Vision,” Theology, News & Notes 57:2 (Fall 2010), 19-22, 28. The article is available online at: http://documents.fuller.edu/news/pubs/tnn/2010_Fall/6_ecumenical_vision.asp.
  • “Roman Catholic – Pentecostal Dialogue: Challenges and Lessons for Living Together,” Calvin Smith, Ed. Pentecostal Power: Expressions, Faith and Politics of Latin American Pentecostalism, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Series 6 (Leiden, Holland: Brill, 2010), 249-276.
  • “The Azusa Street Mission and the Historic Black Churches: Two Worlds in Conflict in Los Angeles’ African American Community,” in Amos Yong and Estrelda Alexander, Eds., Afro-Pentecostalism: Black Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in History and Culture, (New York, NY: New York University Press, 2011), 21-41.
  • “The Achievements of the Pentecostal – Catholic International Dialogue,” in John A. Radano, Ed., Celebrating a Century of Ecumenism: Exploring the Achievements of International Dialogue (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012), 163-194.
  • “The Apostolic Faith Study and the Holy Spirit,” Antonios Kyriopoulos and Juliana Mecera, Eds. Ecumenical Directions in the U.S. Today: Churches on a Theological Journey Faith and Order Commission Theological Series (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2012), 77-102.
  • “Launching a Global Movement: The Role of Azusa Street in Pentecostalism’s Growth and Expansion,” in Donald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, and Richard Flory, Eds., Spirit and Power: The Global Impact of Pentecostalism (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2013), 42-62.
  • “Christian Unity and Pentecostal Mission: A Contradiction?” in Wonsuk Ma, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, and J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Eds. Pentecostal Mission and Global Christianity, Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series 20 (Oxford, UK: Regnum Books International, 2014), 182-206.
  • “The Authority of the Holy Spirit in Pentecostal Churches: “A Response to David A. Adesanya” in Tamara Grdzelidze, Ed. Sources of Authority: Contemporary Church, Faith and Order Paper 218 (Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches, 2014), 2:39-51.
  • “Les pentecôtismes, entre passé et présent, et l’Église dans 300 ans,” Istina 59 (2014), 139-149.
  • “Le dialogue entre les pentecôtistes classiques et l’Église catholique,” Istina 59 (2014), 151-160.
  • “Contrepoint II,” Istina 59 (2014), 275-278.
  • “Global Pentecostalism: An Introduction to an Introduction,” with Amos Yong, in Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. and Amos Yong, Eds, The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 1-10.
  • “The Origins of Modern Pentecostalism: Some Historiographical Issues,” Cecil M. Robeck, Jr. and Amos Yong, Eds, The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), 13-30.
  • “A Response to David A. Adesanya” in Tamara Grdzelidze, Ed. Sources of Authority: Contemporary Church, Faith and Order Paper 218 (Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches, 2014), 2:39-51. This is an edited (shortened) version of the paper that I presented in Moscow titled, “The Authority of the Holy Spirit in Pentecostal Churches: A Response to David A. Adesanya”.
  • “Pentecostal Ecumenism: Overcoming the Challenges – Reaping the Benefits,” (Part I), Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 34:2 (2014), 113-132.
  • “Pentecostal Ecumenism: Overcoming the Challenges – Reaping the Benefits,” (Part II), Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 35:1 (2015), 5-17.
  • 오순절주의와 한국교회: 역사적, 신학적 평가 (“Pentecostalism in the Korean Church: A Historical and Theological Evaluation”), Church Growth 6 (2015), 36-42.
  • “Panel Presentation on the Church: Towards a Common Vision,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 50 (2015), 288-94.
  • “An Evangelical Perspective on Church and Mission,” Mark Oxbrow and Tim Grass, Eds, The Mission of God: Studies in Orthodox and Evangelical Mission, Regnum Studies in Mission, (Oxford, UK: Regnum Books International, 2015), 68-84.

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Articles

  • “Tertullus,” “Transgression,” “Trespass,” “Trophimus,” “Gift of Tongues,” “Tychicus,” “Soul,” International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1988), Volume 4.
  • “Angelus Temple,” “Azusa Street Revival,” “Frank Bartleman,” “Bonnie Brae Street Cottage,” “Calvary Chapel,” “Warren Fay Carothers,” “Ithiel Conrad Clemmons,” “Emma L. Cotton,” “Howard Perry Courtney,” “Lucy F. Farrow,” “Garfield Thomas Haywood,” “Peter Dudley Hocken,” “International Church of the Foursquare Gospel,” “Thomas Junk,” “Mildred (Minnie) Kennedy,” “Giles T. Knight,” “Clara E. Lum,” “Kilian McDonnell,” “Aimee Semple McPherson,” “Rolf Kennedy McPherson,” “Jennie Evans Moore,” “National Association of Evangelicals,” “William H. Pendleton,” “Pentecostal World Conference,” “John Martin Pike,” “Pisgah Home Movement,” “Gift of Prophecy,” “Frank Sanford,” “John G. Schaepe,” “Seminaries and Graduate Schools,” “Robert James Semple,” “Elizabeth Sisson,” “Joseph Smale,” “Charles (Chuck) Smith,” “Russell Paul Spittler,” “Upper Room Mission,” “Charles William Walkem,” “Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton,” “Ernest Swing Williams,” “John Rodman Williams,” “Word of Wisdom,” “James Elvin Wright,” “Lilian Barbara Yeomans,” “Finis Ewing Yoakum,” in Stanley M. Burgess and Gary B. McGee, eds., A Dictionary of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1988).
  • “Visions and Voices,” in Rodney J. Hunter, et al, eds., Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling (Nashville: Abingdon, 1991), 1307-1308.
  • “Pentecostal Churches,” J. D. Douglas, ed., New 20th-Century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, Second Edition 1991), 645-647.
  • “Charism (ata),” Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement (Geneva: WCC Publications/ Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1991), 143-145; translated into Italian in “Carisma/ Carismi,” Dizionario del Movimento Ecumenico (Bologna: Edizioni Delioniane Bologna, 1994) 128-130.
  • “Knowledge, Gift of Knowledge,” “Prophecy, Gift of Prophesying,” “Tongues,” in Ralph P. Martin, ed. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1993).
  • “Pentecostalism,” In Adrian Hastings, Alistair Mason and Hugh Pyper, Eds, The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 530-532.
  • Articles reprinted without revision from Stanley M. Burgess and Gary B. McGee, eds., A Dictionary of the American Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1988), include: “Angelus Temple,” “Frank Bartleman,” “Bonnie Brae Street Cottage,” “Calvary Chapel,” “Warren Fay Carothers,” “Howard Perry Courtney,” “Lucy F. Farrow,” “Garfield Thomas Haywood,” “Peter Dudley Hocken,” “Thomas Junk,” “Mildred (Minnie) Kennedy,” “Giles T. Knight,” “Aimee Semple McPherson,” “Jennie Evans Moore,” “William H. Pendleton,” “John Martin Pike,” “Pisgah Home Movement,” “Gift of Prophecy,” “Frank Sanford,” “John G. Schaepe,” “Robert James Semple,” “Elizabeth Sisson,” “Joseph Smale,” “Charles (Chuck) Smith,” “Upper Room Mission,” “Charles William Walkem,” “Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton,” “Ernest Swing Williams,” “Word of Wisdom,” “James Elvin Wright,” “Lilian Barbara Yeomans,” “Finis Ewing Yoakum,” In Stanley M. Burgess and Gary B. McGee, Eds, The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2002).
  • Substantive revisions made to previously authored articles on “Azusa Street Revival” “Ithiel Conrad Clemmons,” “Emma L. Cotton,” “International Church of the Foursquare Gospel,” “Clara E. Lum,” “Kilian McDonnell,” “Rolf Kennedy McPherson,” “National Association of Evangelicals,” “Pentecostal World Conference,” “Seminaries and Graduate Schools,” “Russell Paul Spittler,” “John Rodman Williams,” In Stanley M. Burgess and Gary B. McGee, Eds, The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2002).
  • New contributions include: “William J. Seymour,” “Roman Catholic and Classical Pentecostal Dialogue” [with Jerry L. Sandidge], “World Council of Churches” [with Jerry L. Sandidge], In Stanley M. Burgess, ed., The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, Revised and Expanded 2002).
  • “Assemblies of God, General Council of the,” “Pentecostal World Conference,” “Charism(ata)” in the Dictionary of the Ecumenical Movement Geneva: WCC Publications/Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2nd Edition, 2002.
  • “Charismatic Movements,” in William A. Dyrness and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Eds., Global Dictionary of Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008), 145-154.

Editorials, Forewords, News Reviews, Interviews, Letters to the Editor, and Popular Articles

  • “End the Long Silence,” The Paper: Christ’s Ambassadors of Bethel Church, San Jose, California 4 (April 1967), 4.
  • Critical News Review: “Society for Pentecostal Studies,” TSF Bulletin 6:3 (January-February 1983), 20.
  • Interview: “David Watson on Spiritual Gifts,” Theology, News & Notes 30:1 (March 1983), 18-23, 34.
  • “The Charismatic Renewal of the Church,” Theology, News & Notes 30:1 (March 1983), 1, 33-34; reprinted in the Presbyterian Charismatic Communion Renewal News #83 (March-April 1984), 4.
  • “Editorial,” Pneuma 6:1 (Spring 1984), 1-2.
  • “Experience, Hermeneutics, and Theology,” Pneuma 6:2 (Fall 1984), 1-3.
  • “The Society for Pentecostal Studies,” Ecumenical Trends 14:2 (February 1985), 28-30.
  • “Where Do We Go From Here?” Pneuma 7:1 (Spring 1985), 1-4.
  • “David J. du Plessis Center Established,” Glad Tidings 60:5 (May 1985), 3.
  • “Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Its Purpose(s),” Pneuma 7:2 (Fall 1985), 83-86.
  • “The International Significance of Azusa Street,” Pneuma 8:1 (Spring 1986), 1-4.
  • “The Use of Biography in Pentecostal Historiography,” Pneuma 8:2 (Fall 1986).
  • “David du Plessis and the Challenge of Dialogue,” Pneuma 9:1 (Spring 1987), 1-4.
  • “Pentecostalism and Ecumenical Dialogue: A Potential Agenda,” Ecumenical Trends 16:11 (December 1987), 185-188.
  • “Pentecostals and Social Ethics,” Pneuma 9:2 (Fall 1987), 103-107.
  • “The Development of European Pentecostalism,” Pneuma 10:1 (Spring 1988), 1-2.
  • “Pentecostal Beginnings in Los Angeles,” Pentecostal Evangel No. 3861 (May 8, 1988), 20-22.
  • “Pentecostal Churches Experience Explosive Growth,” Gatherings: The Newspaper of the Gathering of Christians, Arlington, Texas #4 (May 24, 1988), 4.
  • “Models and Ministry,” Pneuma 10:2 (Fall 1988), 83-84.
  • “Fuller and Ecumenism,” Theology, News & Notes 35:4 (December 1988), 28.
  • “The Dark Side of the Gospel,” Pneuma 11:1 (Spring 1989), 1-2.
  • “Discernment: Insight into the Mind of Christ,” Pneuma 11:2 (Fall 1989), 73-76.
  • “Doing Theology in Isolation,” Pneuma 12:1 (Spring 1990), 1-3.
  • “Donald A. McGavran and Pentecostals,” Pentecost 26 (December 1990), 10.
  • “Specks and Logs, Catholics and Pentecostals,” Pneuma 12:2 (Fall 1990), 77-83.
  • “Signs, Wonders, Warfare, and Witness,” Pneuma 13:1 (Spring 1991), 1-5.
  • “Southern Religion with a Latin Accent,” Pneuma 13:2 (Fall 1991), 101-106.
  • “Select Bibliography on Latin American Pentecostalism,” Pneuma 13:2 (Fall 1991), 193-197.
  • “Faith, Hope, Love, and the Eschaton,” Pneuma 14:1 (Spring 1992), 1-5.
  • “The Nature of Pentecostal Spirituality,” Pneuma 14:2 (Fall 1992), 103-106.
  • “What the Pope Said,” Commonweal, CXIX: 22 (December 18, 1992), 30-31.
  • “New Age, or Old?” Advance (for the Assemblies of God Ministry), 30:1 (January 1994), 10-12.
  • “The Nature of Dialogue,” Credo (monthly publication of the Pentecostal Movements in Finland), No. 2, (Marraskuu 1994), 13.
  • “Facing Our Past,” Ministries Today 13:1 (January/February 1995), 40.
  • “Truth and Community,” Credo No. 2 (Tammikuu 1995), 13.
  • “Spiritualizing the Church,” Credo No. 3 (Maaliskuu 1995), 13.
  • “Following Through on ‘The Memphis Miracle’,” Ministries Today 13:2 (March/April 1995), 15.
  • “What Catholics Should Know about Pentecostals,” The Catholic World Vol. 238, No. 1428 (November/December 1995), 276-281.
  • “Taking Stock,” One World No. 210, (November 1995), 15-17.
  • “An Interview with Jack Hayford,” Reconciliation No. 1 (Summer 1998), 12-13.
  • “How to Work toward Racial Reconciliation,” Reconciliation No. 1 (Summer 1998), 19; Reprinted In The Pneuma Review 3:4 (Fall 2000), 38-39; reprinted in Yes Lord, Now: A Magazine of Reconciliation 3:7 (January-March 2003), 57; available on line from The Pneuma Foundation: Resources for Spirit-empowered Ministry at www.pneumafoundation.org/article.jsp?article=reconciliation.xml.
  • “Introductory Note” to Part Six on the Pentecostal-Roman Catholic dialogue in William G. Rusch and Jeffrey Gros, eds. Deepening Communion: International Ecumenical Documents with Roman Catholic Participation (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic Conference, 1998), 363-365.
  • “A Unique Ecumenical Witness,” In Willis Collins Hoover, History of the Pentecostal Revival in Chile (Lakeland, FL: Mario G. Hoover, 2000), xi-xiii
  • “Reconciling Our Diversity,” Theology, News & Notes 48:1 (Spring 2001), 2.
  • “Rebuilding a Broken Society: An Interview with Frank Chikane,” Theology, News & Notes 48:1 (Spring 2001), 20-27; Reprinted as “Reconstruir una sociedad despedazada: Entrevista con Frank Chikane,” in Surgir 7 (2002), 49-62.
  • “Catholics/Evangelical Conversations: Involving Our Congregations,” Ecumenical Trends 30:6 (June 2001), 10/90.
  • “Reflections on the Role of Revival,” The Church of God Evangel 91:11 (November 2001), 28-30.
  • “Praying for World Peace: A Report on the Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi, Italy,” Fuller Focus X: 1 (Spring 2002), 12-13.
  • “Why Churches Should Stay Together,” Reconcile: Mending Broken Relationships [Worldwide Church of God] 6:1 (Spring 2004), 6; reprinted under the same title in John Paul Eddy with Curtis May and Neil Earle, Mending Broken Relationships: Faith-Based Counseling for the 21st Century (No City: Connecting and Bonding, Inc., 2004), 199-201.
  • Foreword to Edmund J. Rybarczyk, Beyond Salvation: Eastern Orthodoxy and Classical Pentecostalism on Becoming Like Christ (London, England: Paternoster, 2004), xiii-xx.
  • “How to Pray for the Persecuted Church,” Mennonite World Conference Courier 20:2 (2005), 16. Reprinted as “Pray for the Suffering Church,” The Pentecostal Evangel No 5107 (March 25, 2012), 18-19. This latter piece may be found at: www.pe.ag.org/articles/index_2012.cfm?targetBay=f5f8225a-e34d-4383-8e42-e3b9d80d8a4d&ModID=2&Process=DisplayArticle&RSS_RSSContentID=21798&RSS_OriginatingChannelID=1321&RSS_OriginatingRSSFeedID=4907&RSS_Source=
  • “Letter to Cardinal Kasper on the Death of His Holiness, John Paul II,” may be found at www.pneumafoundation.com/resources/articles/letter_cmrobeck.pdf;jsessionid=CF4B53046E73FF03A839D28197F84F97 - - Cached
  • “Global and Local,” The Christian Century 123:5 (March 7, 2006), 34. http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=3339
  • “Pentecostal Churches,” Huibert van Beek, Comp., A Handbook of Churches and Councils: Profiles of Ecumenical Relationships (Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches, 2006), 64-66; authorship acknowledged, xiv.
  • “Introduction,” in Harold D. Hunter and Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Eds. The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2006), 13-26.
  • “Introduction,” in Harold D. Hunter and Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Eds. The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians (Bletchley, UK: Paternoster, 2006), xv-xxii.
  • “My Call to Ecumenism,” in Richard Howell, Ed. Global Christian Forum: Transforming Ecumenism (New Delhi, India: Evangelical Fellowship of India, 2007), 66-72.
  • Jeffrey Weiss, “Sarah Palin and Pentecostalism: Some Media Coverage as Theological Pornography,” The Dallas News (September 22, 2008). This column provides an extensive quotation of a letter I wrote to Mr. Weiss. http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/2008/09/sarah-palin-pentecostalism-and.html/. The same material was included in Manya Brachear, “Does Palin have explaining to do?” Chicago Tribune (October 3, 2008), available at: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/religion_theseeker/2008/10/does-palin-have/comments/page/2/
  • “Excerpt from the Event ‘Why Choose a Denomination?’” The Semi [Fuller Theological Seminary], Spring 2 (April 6, 2009), 9.
  • “When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be….” Fuller Focus 17:3 (Fall 2009), 30-31.
  • “From Fear to Love: The Path toward Christian Unity,” Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry 9 (Summer 2012), 1-8. Available online at http://www.agts.edu/encounter/articles/2012summer/Robeck_Aug12.pdf
  • “Eén agenda van paus en pinksterbeweging,” Opine, Nederlands Dagblad Christelijk Betrokken (March 23, 2013), 13. Available online at: http://www.nd.nl/artikelen/2013/maart/23/een-agenda-van-paus-en-pinksterbeweging.
  • “A Pentecostal Testifies,” FOI Magazine [Fraternité Œcuménique Internationale: A Magazine Published by the Chemin Neuf Community, France] No 37 (June-August 2013), 6-7.
  • “Foreword” to Peter Hocken, Pentecost and Parousia: Charismatic Renewal, Christian Unity, and the Coming Glory (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013), vii-xi.


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