In a way, it’s a bit unfortunate that our friend Matt Thompson needed to write his dissertation. I mean, will the Pentecostal theologians who believe that classical dispensationalism is a good idea for Pentecostals please stand up? Seriously, though, while there were understandable reasons historically for an embrace of premillennialism, the effects of dispensationalism on Pentecostal eschatology and mission have cost a pretty penny. So Thompson argues in his new book, Kingdom Come: Revisioning Pentecostal Eschatology (Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series, V. 37; Deo Press, 2010). Using the categories of the Pentecostal fourfold gospel (Jesus Christ is savior, healer, baptizer in the Holy Spirit, and soon-coming King), Thompson follows a critique of Pentecostal dispensationalism with a constructive eschatology which applies the categories of the fourfold gospel to the cosmos. In other words, on the last day, Jesus will be savior, healer, baptizer in the Holy Spirit, and soon-coming King over all creation. He enlists the help of Moltmann, Sergius Bulgakov, John Fletcher, and Richard Swinburne, among others, in his constructive work.
It’s now available from Deo Press, through Eisenbrauns Booksellers in the United States.
And check out the sweet index, compiled by yours truly.