Ethics in the Age of the Spirit: Race, Women, War and the Assemblies of God


What causes us as a people of faith to think and act the way we think and act? Are we motivated by whatever is most practical, by a particular understanding of Scripture, by the influence of the culture around us, or by something more profound? On the premise that Pentecostalism does have much to contribute to the study of ethics, this book explores how one group, the American Assemblies of God, has wrestled with the issues of racism, women in ministry, and Christian involvement in war. In the process, readers are invited to examine the connection—or disconnect—between what we believe and how we live out our faith.

 “…a must on the reading list of every serious Christian.”  —Thomas F. Reid, Bishop of The Tabernacle and the Covenant Com­munity of Churches


“It has been my privilege to know Howard Kenyon since the early 1980s. He is a friend and colleague in ministry. This book gives a wonderful picture of history that should help us to consider our future.”  —Darius Johnston, Lead Pastor at Christ Church Fort Worth, Regional Executive Presbyter of the North Texas District of the As­semblies of God


“Howard Kenyon’s thought-provoking book tackles a discomforting topic for Pentecostals today: What are we to say to the ethical issues of our day—in particular, racism, women in ministry, and Christian involvement in war? Within these pages, Kenyon serves Pentecostals well, challenging them to re-engage their theology and experience to inform how they think and live ethically. How fitting that in the process, Kenyon models the very prophetic voice he is calling people of the Spirit to raise for this generation and time. Outstanding work, inspiring read.”  —Beth Grant, Assemblies of God Executive Presbyter, missionary educator


“Many women, immigrants, and ethnic minorities in our AG fellowship have not always felt at home in their own tribe. This book lifts and affirms in so many ways. It lifts from inaccuracy, ignorance, and indecision. In reading it, I felt my Black hands lifted, like Moses. It affirmed my worth and purpose in the kingdom of God. Dr. Howard Kenyon is a prophetic voice of truth, justice, and restoration in this age of the Spirit.”  —Bishop Walter Harvey, President, National Black Fellowship, Assemblies of God


“In this work, Howard Kenyon takes us on a journey from early Pentecostalism through the Assemblies of God focusing on three ethical issues: race relations, women in ministry, and attitudes towards war. . . . [T]his is a book worth repeatedly contemplating, and reflecting on to remember the past and plan for the future.”  —Paul W. Lewis, Associate Dean and Professor of Historical Theology and Intercultural Studies, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University


“Issues surrounding race, war, and women have bedeviled the Pentecostal movement from the beginning. Its pragmatism led to its alignment with Evangelicalism. Using the example of the Assemblies of God, Kenyon outlines the development of the fellowship’s historical decisions in all three areas. He challenges his readers to return to the sources that guided early Pentecostals in making their ethical decisions—Scripture and the contemporary working of the Spirit—in order to become more fully Pentecostal.”  —Cecil M. Robeck Jr., Senior Professor of Church History and Ecumenics, Fuller Seminary

Nightshift: Crossing the Cultural Line for the Kingdom


How do we apply an age-old mandate in an indifferent and skeptical world, frequently hostile to the messengers of the Good News? Missional expert Dr. Howard N. Kenyon says we believers are all on a mission to cross cultural lines for the kingdom, even in the darkest night.

Through Night Shift, you will discover:

  • What the Great Commission looks like for the average Jane or Joe.
  • Why God wants you to embrace diversity—and how you can do so.
  • When to draw the line and when to cross it.
  • Why the night can be helpful in your mission.
  • What to do when you are told you can’t.
  • What to do when you are not sure what to do.
  • How to survive killer assignments.

“Writing from years of experience living and serving abroad, Howard Kenyon provides a challenging and practical work on what it means to be a cross-cultural Christ follower.” — Dave Bollenbacher, Executive Director, Kids Across Cultures

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