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Book Reviews 141 BOOK REVIEWS William Sloane Coffin, A Passion for the Possible: A Message to U.S. Churches (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993). 88 pp. $9.99, paper. Reviewed by C. David Gable William Sloane Coffin has a distinct vision of what the Church's mission and strategy should be. What could well be of interest to the Pentecostal reader is the way in which that vision is the opposite, in some ways, and nearly identical in others, to the vision of the community of believers that sprang up as an expression of the Azusa Street outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In several key ways Coffin's vision is as different as can be from that of most Pentecostals. First, Coffin is over-archingly "this-worldly" in his mission. His target is justice here, in the honoring of personhood now, immediate disarmament, an end to pollution, and population control for the survival of this world as we know it. In contrast, the Azusa Street Pentecostals had an immense preoccupation instead with the world to come. To them, many of Coffin's concerns would be secondary to the point of irrelevance. Convinced that Jesus is coming soon, they saw the world and its society headed shortly http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pneuma Brill

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Brill
Copyright
© 1996 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0272-0965
eISSN
1570-0747
D.O.I.
10.1163/157007496X00119
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141 BOOK REVIEWS William Sloane Coffin, A Passion for the Possible: A Message to U.S. Churches (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993). 88 pp. $9.99, paper. Reviewed by C. David Gable William Sloane Coffin has a distinct vision of what the Church's mission and strategy should be. What could well be of interest to the Pentecostal reader is the way in which that vision is the opposite, in some ways, and nearly identical in others, to the vision of the community of believers that sprang up as an expression of the Azusa Street outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In several key ways Coffin's vision is as different as can be from that of most Pentecostals. First, Coffin is over-archingly "this-worldly" in his mission. His target is justice here, in the honoring of personhood now, immediate disarmament, an end to pollution, and population control for the survival of this world as we know it. In contrast, the Azusa Street Pentecostals had an immense preoccupation instead with the world to come. To them, many of Coffin's concerns would be secondary to the point of irrelevance. Convinced that Jesus is coming soon, they saw the world and its society headed shortly

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PneumaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1996

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