Pentecostalisation and Faith in the Global South

Kevin G. Smith
Batanayi I. Manyika

Provided that we adopt a broad and inclusive definition of Pentecostal and Pentecostalism (Anderson 2002; 2004), there remains no doubt that Pentecostalism (including Charismatic and Neo-Pentecostal forms) has become the dominant expression of

Our Open Door: Engaging the Culture

“Freihiet” by Alfred Leung | Unsplash

Kevin G. Smith

Dr Reuben van Rensburg entitled his farewell address as the outgoing Principal of SATS, ‘An era ends, an era continues, and an era begins’. He argued that the core beliefs and

Do Not Quench The Spirit!

By Sam Storms

Were it not for the fact that no less than the Apostle Paul himself commanded us not to quench the Spirit (1 Thess. 5:19-22), who among us would ever have suggested that this is even

Graduation Time!

Dr Reuben van Rensburg

The highlight of any university student’s academic journey must surely be the Graduation1 Ceremony. Years of study, sweat and sacrifice are finally rewarded when that beautiful hood is placed over your shoulders and you hear

Dependence on the Holy Spirit

by Dr Christopher Peppler

The Foundational Principle concerning the Holy Spirit is stated in the SATS Conspectus as; ‘The ministry of the Holy Spirit – We believe that we are to trust and obey God the Holy Spirit and that

The Full Divinity of the Holy Spirit

by Dr Dan Lioy
This year in the church calendar, the Day of Pentecost (meaning “fiftieth day”) occurs on May 20th. Annually, on the seventh Sunday after Easter, believers celebrate the occasion when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus’ disciples

Frontiers beyond: reflections on Pentecostalism in Africa

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by Batanayi I. Manyika


“Africa is over-evangelized and under-taught,” so goes the adage. When this maxim is analysed against the backdrop of an exponential growth of Christianity on the continent, a composite portrait of a Pentecostal

Handing over a seminary to the next generation

Having served as the President (in South Africa we call this person the Principal) of the South African Theological Seminary (SATS) since 2006, and before that as its Vice-President since 2000, I will retire in April 2018.

For a relatively

Staying faithful to the original calling in times of leadership change

A critical time for any church is when its senior leadership changes, but it is a passage all churches and organisations must navigate at one time or another. Leaders who have steered the ship for a long time tend to

The story of Philemon and Onesimus is a story for our time

SATS Principal Kevin Smith, and Faculty member and PhD student Batanayi Manyika, will be presenting a paper at the SBL conference at The Humboldt University of Berlin this week, entitled ‘An analysis of Eschatology in Philemon “ἅμα δὲ καὶ ἑτοίμαζέμοι