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2004 Conversations

Alicia Chole: The truth about joy (12/28/03)

Cookies and Christmas: A roundtable discussion (12/21/03)

John Tesh: In pursuit of passion (12/14/03)

AGWM's L. John Bueno: Bread of life (11/23/03)

Teen Challenge's John Castellani: Christ breaks addictions (11/16/03)

Christian humorist Justin Fennell: Justifiably funny (10/19/03)

Representative Marilyn Musgrave: The role of Christians in government (10/12/03)

Dennis Gaylor: Fifty more campuses (9/28/03)

Kathy Troccoli: A message of hope (9/21/03)

Kristy Starling: Dreams come true (9/14/03)

CeCe Winans Love: Of Gospel and Grammies (8/31/03)

Gary Heavin: Faith and fitness (8/24/03)

Gracia Burnham: Grace in the jungle (8/17/03)

Seattle Mariner John Olerud: Hope when your health fails (8/10/03)

Chris Maxwell: Pastor recovering from memory loss (7/27/03)

Wayne Warner: Today’s Pentecostal Evangel: a historical view (7/20/03)

Paul Drost: Every church a parent or a partner (7/13/03)

Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger: What can be learned from history? (6/29/03)

Ron Drye: Ministering to the whole person (6/22/03)

Matt McPherson: Doing business by the Golden Rule (6/15/03)

The difference (6/8/03)

Fory VandenEinde: Fulfilling the Great Commission (5/25/03)

Tom Greene: The church's new generation (5/18/03)

Lisa Whelchel: Former sitcom star now an advocate for moms (5/11/03)

Tony Lamarque: Warden speaks about unconditional love (4/27/03)

Ann Graham Lotz: Just give her more of Jesus (4/20/03)

Lee Strobel: The case for Christ (4/13/03)

Randall K. Barton: Extravagant stewardship (3/30/03)

Bishop Gilbert Patterson: Bringing people together under Christ (3/23/03)

Pat Boone: A unique celebrity speaks out (3/16/03)

St. Clair Mitchell: God in Washington, D.C. (3/9/03)

Kay Gross: Ministry by women, ministry to women (2/23/03)

Thomas E. Trask: A historic General Council (2/16/03)

Denise Jones: Girls of Grace (2/9/03)

Doug Greengard: Beyond the NFL (1/26/03)

Three pro-life advocates call the church to action (1/19/03)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: The gospel in uniform (1/12/03)

2002 Conversations

2001 Conversations


Today’s Pentecostal Evangel: a historical view

Wayne Warner directs the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center in Springfield, Mo. The Heritage Center preserves and provides access to materials crucial to the history of the Assemblies of God while helping the constituency understand the A/G’s heritage through its museum, research center, Web site and a quarterly publication called Assemblies of God Heritage. Warner recently spoke with Isaac Olivarez, staff writer.

PE: How did the Pentecostal Evangel come about?

WARNER: Two publications came into the hands of the Assemblies of God in 1914. One was E.N. Bell’s publication, Word & Witness, which later combined with the Evangel. J. Roswell Flower gave his Christian Evangel to the Assemblies of God as well. The original idea was unity. They didn’t have radio or TV, so publications were the thing. The magazine was called the Christian Evangel until 1915, when A/G headquarters moved to St. Louis. There was already another magazine with a similar name there. So they changed the name to the Weekly Evangel. They kept that name until 1918 when they moved to Springfield, Mo. Then they changed it back to the Christian Evangel. The next year, the name became the Pentecostal Evangel.

PE: What was the original circulation?

WARNER: About 25,000 when the Word & Witness and Christian Evangel came together. Back then the Word & Witness was a monthly and the Evangel was a weekly. In those days editors were elected, and until 1949 they were executive presbyters. Robert Cunningham was appointed as editor in 1949, and after that it became an appointed position. If you look in the early records, you’ll see that the editors were listed along with the other members of the Board of Administration and Executive Presbytery.

PE: What significant focus do you see in the early years?

WARNER: The Evangel has always been an evangelistic, missionary, family and teaching tool. In the early days the Assemblies of God was trying to establish its doctrine and trying to create a Pentecostal identity. Editors would take a sermon, and most of it would go into the Evangel. As early as the 1920s they called it a family and missionary magazine. It’s still doing the same thing.

PE: How did the Evangel handle world issues of its day?

WARNER: During World War I, the December 12, 1914, headline read, “Is European war justifiable?” In a story published in 1944 during World War II, they published an article that read, “Hitlerism must lose.” They were very outspoken against Adolph Hitler. Charles Ramsay, an artist who illustrated for the Evangel for 43 years, drew a cartoon that said, “The whip breaks the Jew — God breaks the whip.”

PE: How has the Evangel maintained its impact through the years?

WARNER: I give Today’s Pentecostal Evangel a lot of credit for what the Assemblies of God has done and continues to accomplish. The magazine created credibility in the early years. Today, people look forward to reading it. The Evangel is found in Laundromats, waiting rooms and all kinds of places. With the distribution in the military and in prisons, it’s a fantastic ministry. Even non-A/G churches see the value of the Evangel because the focus is on people. Most importantly, the Evangel is a soul-winning tool. There are regular reports of healings or conversions. More than 10,000 readers have sent in coupons acknowledging their decision to follow Christ. We’ll never know the worldwide impact the magazine has had until we get to heaven.

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