30 Years of Faith in Action

Rev Dr Angelo Cettolin Vice Principal Eastern College Australia
Vice Principal Angelo Cettolin

2018 marks a significant milestone for our college. Whilst remembering Tabor College Victoria’s humble beginnings with only 6 students, this year we proudly celebrate 30 years of developing thousands of quality graduates, equipped to do good works.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works”. Ephesians 2:10

After two years of hard work, and many prayers, we are delighted to announce the commencement of two new courses! Our Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) programs will equip graduates with non-education degrees to move into the teaching field in Australia and overseas.

Recently, I was asked an important question from a hardworking Education student completing one of our core Christian Foundation subjects,

“…how does this subject about the Bible actually help me as a future school teacher?”

Good question.

For all our graduates, this is critical in a time when many foundations in our Western society are being challenged by extremist ideologies, sometimes based on pseudo science. Seeking to live out the Gospel’s principles and precepts in reliance on the Holy Spirit’s power provides a good foundation for graduate teachers to positively influence the children under their sacred trust. It will equip them with the ability to guide and answer their pupils’ more difficult questions about the purpose of life, the values they live by, and where can they find spiritual and moral guidance.

Completing a core group of Christian Foundation subjects (along with other specialist units) will help a future school teacher, pastor, counsellor, community development worker, or youth worker, to live out their spiritual values in their vocation, to positively influence their clients, their pupils and the communities that they are a part of.

People are often unaware that many of our society’s positive values and institutions stem from a Judeo-Christian ethos, which is reflected in, and derived from, the Scriptures. Knowing the Bible well and understanding how to correctly interpret it helps us avoid past mistakes and misapplication of sacred texts. Further, personally adopting the bible’s positive ethos of compassion will help graduates to show care for all people regardless of race, gender or background and it inspires us to extend justice for all.

Faith in action can change our world into a better place. Faith that reflects the heavenly vision of God’s love and justice influencing all spheres of society and culture.

While it is gratifying that over 80% of our Education graduates have found employment in Christian, independent or government schools, in Australia or internationally, what is more satisfying is that both graduates and employers hold in high regard the College’s particular focus on education from a Christian perspective in a supportive academic community.

As we celebrate our rich heritage as a College we thank God that through the many changes that have occurred across the past 30 years we remain focused on developing graduates from a diverse range of professions, denominations and perspectives who have deeper faith, sharper minds, richer community engagement and courageous creativity needed to change our world.

Thank you for being a part of this journey, and I hope that you enjoy reading more about the great works that some of our graduates are involved in – in this Be Change newsletter.

If you haven’t been to our new campus we’d love to catch up over a coffee and give you a tour or see you at our Alumni Brunch this October!

Eastern Staff
Drop by and say hi!

Warm Regards,

 

Rev Dr Angelo Cettolin

Vice Principal Eastern College Australia

Meet Our Graduate Christine

Christine Gobius – National Director at Interserve

A kind and gentle soul, Christine is easy to talk to, and a pleasure to spend time with. Christine reflects quietly before choosing her words and imparts a depth of wisdom that God has given her through her studies, life journey, ministry and many experiences.

Christine’s love for the outdoors led to her veterinarian career and completing a PhD in patterns of cattle and human health. Whilst studying at Brisbane School of Theology, she was introduced to Interserve. Prior to her current role, Christine balanced professional roles in public health administration research and voluntary roles in Interserve, where she now serves as National Director. We have been blessed to have her complete a Master of Arts in Vocational Practice (Aid and Development) with us at Eastern.

Christine sitting in her colourful office in Bayswater.
Christine sitting in her colourful office in Bayswater.

Interserve is missional community dedicated to serving amongst the peoples of Asia and the Arab World. As followers of Jesus, they reach out to the most marginalised – physically, economically and spiritually – and commit to serving alongside them with His love.

What does your role entail?

Interserve exists for the glory of God, so a big part of my role is providing spiritual leadership for the organisation, which I believe is most important. Our vision is to see the transformation of individual lives and communities through an encounter with Jesus. My role changes very much day to day, but I have a responsibility to ensure that the organisation keeps focused on that vision and in doing that is functional, legal, compliant and financially healthy. I also help to bring the international vision of Interserve into our Australian office whilst bringing our Australian understanding and learning into our international sphere. But at the end of the day an organisation is only as healthy as its people are.

I read somewhere that CEO stands for the ‘Chief Encouragement Officer’ and that’s something I try to keep in mind each day.

What are some things that you love about your job?

The name ‘Interserve’ reflects our truly international fellowship and our value of serving people. In this role I get to work and spend time with some incredible people, cross-cultural workers who are innovative, faithful, adventurous whilst also being reflective practitioners. I get to see God at work in ways that expand my understanding of Him and His word. Spending time with people from different countries helps me get a more complete picture of what God is saying as I experience the word through the eyes of people who sometimes come from cultures more closely aligned the culture the Word was written to.

What are some challenges you face in your role?

If you want to avoid problems, don’t get involved with people. People are sinful and broken and we work with communities in some of the most challenging parts of the world. During my time in this role I’ve had to deal with some very confronting situations, in terms of the wellbeing and security of our people, which forces us to depend on God because we aren’t able to control it all.

What is the significance of your logo?

Interserve Logo

Our logo depicts a weave and the two colours that go in two directions reflect the strands of a diverse group of people, working in a variety of ways, in many places. It demonstrates missions as involving sending and receiving. It’s an open weave because we are part of something bigger. It’s work that other people need to be a part of. It’s open to partnership and reflects the name.

What lead you to studying at Eastern?

Whilst still in Brisbane, my husband and myself were in a season ready for change. I knew that I wanted to work in aid and development and I had a strong calling to the Christian space, so I enrolled for the MAVP program. But in January 2011, on the eve of my first unit of study, there was mass flooding and we had water up to 60cm above the upstairs floor of our house. Recovery from this flood was going to be an intense experience and we lived in five different houses whilst making our house liveable again. The MAVP was going to be my first significant study in the aid and development sector and I knew that it was going to be a tough gig, but I felt God tell me to trust him and he’d get me through. And you wouldn’t believe it. Our first unit of study was climate change, social justice and the environment. It was such a privilege to think through my personal experience and how it fit with my understanding of God and what he’s doing in the world. I ended up writing an essay about a personal theology on flooding and through this study I had the opportunity to reflect very deeply on a relevant topic.

Did your studies help prepare you for what you are doing now?

Definitely! I constantly draw on many things that we covered in our studies because it’s relevant to our work and I frequently lean on the leadership modules that we covered in the course. Just this week, I was speaking to a couple who work in Cambodia at the forefront of developing ways to keep disadvantaged children with families rather than going into children’s homes. This is an issue because the majority of kids in orphanages have parents, and the best place a child should grow up is in a family. Research also shows that the long-term impact of orphanage experiences is detrimental to children’s health. Another complication this couple faced is that over 50% of Australian Christians support orphanages but it’s far harder to get funding to do community development to help families to provide for their own needs. It’s harder to “sell”. However, during my studies at Eastern, I had written a composite narrative as one of my assessments. It involved interviewing people who had worked with vulnerable children and then writing a fictional story based on real elements from real people’s lives. I was able to draw on my study in this area to support our Interserve workers and help them understand that better solutions may exist.

Something unforgettable that I learnt through my studies is the importance of listening and appreciating when others challenge how you understand and see things.

The way we engage with scripture and with prayer, the Holy Spirit and literature really encouraged us to think critically, listen to others, and think about what in our thinking is cultural or truly scriptural. So, it’s really important to keep going back to the Bible rather than relying on personal cultural constructs. Learn to listen and be challenged.

Do you have any advice for people considering missions or aid and development?

I think that the best way to get involved in aid and development is to first recognise that all people are made in God’s image and the only way for people to reach their full potential is through the transformative power of the gospel. We live in a world where people suffer injustice and suffer from lack. We can’t truly claim to love God if we aren’t concerned with the suffering of others and sometimes we must take the time to ask God to give us that heart. Whilst we are called to participate in meeting the great needs that exist, we can also learn and be enriched from the process. There are many needs in our own culture and society and as we engage with other peoples in poverty alleviation or addressing oppression and injustice, we have a lot to learn. It’s a two way street.

So, get involved! God said to Abraham, ‘You will be a blessing to all nations’. That call comes to all of us who are followers of Jesus.

Ask God to grow in you a heart for people different to yourself and share with them the hope of God and His love for them.

So practice listening and getting to know people. If you want to cross those cultural barriers, you need to put yourself out there, get to know others and get to love them so that you can demonstrate God’s love to them.

Meet our graduate Kylie

Kylie Butler – Managing Director at Christian Coaching Institute

Kylie walks with a confident stride and exudes warmth as she enters a room. Currently, Kylie resides in Melbourne with her husband Adam and two lovely children, Toby and Lily.

In 2014 Kylie completed a Master of Arts in Vocational Practice through Eastern College Australia and is now the managing director of Christian Coaching Institute. When asked how she got to where she is now, and why she does what she does now, she responds with a laugh,

Kylie Butler

“I had so many different pathways. I started out in the banking industry in financial planning when I felt a tap on the shoulder from God. I resisted Him for a long time but I eventually moved into a traineeship with my church in a pastoral role. This position then progressed into a dual role overseeing the youth and pastors of Baptist Union Victoria and administrating events with the Christian Coaching Institute.”

Whilst chatting, it’s clear to see that Kylie is a humble trailblazer. Working with the Baptist Union she was the only woman at the table with a national level position and now manages the only Christian coaching center in Australia that provides professional accreditation.

Whilst reminiscing over her time at Eastern, Kylie shared,

“What I loved most about studying at Eastern was that it prepared me for this role by helping me to think with a greater biblical lens when approaching and wrestling with tough dilemmas. The process begins with identifying a problem, delving into the Bible to find God’s perspective, and then developing a solution. I still use this process often.”

When asked to share one example of how God is impacting others through her work, Kylie shared a story from a few hours previous to our interview.

“I coach a female senior pastor from a small inner city church who faces a lot of doubt and expectations placed on her. She constantly asks herself what does it look like to be a female senior pastor. We’ve been working together for the past 6 months and today she broke down and shared, “I just love meeting with you. I cry because I feel seen.” Today marked a real point of realization for her of God’s acceptance of who she is. She recognised that she needs to stop being concerned with the expectations she has for herself, and expectations that others have placed on her, and focus on how God has called her to lead. She said, “The board, management and the world all push a particular way. But I need to be who Jesus wants to me to be and I need to trust that that is enough.”  You should have seen her face when she got it. It was immediate breakthrough. And this is why I do what I do.”

“I truly love my job. The people we coach are leaders in their spaces and denominations, and we get to encourage and embolden them. It’s amazing. Never would I have been able to guess two years ago the growth and influence that I would have experienced.”

When asked what God has been teaching her recently, Kylie responded after some reflection,

“In the past few years God has been teaching me that learning doesn’t stop when you finish studying. I’ve learnt that to be a great leader I need to be a great learner because God is continuously showing me what I don’t know. He is constantly working on my inner self and showing me that my thought patterns often don’t align with His.”

In regards to the Christian Coaching Institute, I asked Kylie what is the difference between Christian coaching and secular life coaching. “Regular, secular coaching is very goal and outcome orientated and focuses on individuals doing what makes them happy. It’s very self-focused, whereas Christian coaching involves partnering with coachees and considering their holistic wellbeing, like their relational, spiritual, physical and mental health. We aim to guide coachees in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential whilst pointing them to Christ each and every step of the way.”

If you are considering a career in coaching, Kylie offers these wise words of advice, “Invest in solid training and get a coach. Experience coaching for yourself and receive the transformation from it yourself, then imitate everything good from the experience.”

We are incredibly proud of Kylie’s journey and how she is using what she has learnt, along with all her life experiences, to serve the Lord whole-heartedly.

God is about His work of Restoration

Many years ago, while I was still the pastor of a local church on the Gold Coast, I bought a cheap little car, an early model Morris Mini. It had sat neglected for years in an old man’s garage, and smelled distinctly of mould, with overtones of stale petrol and aged vinyl. It was also painted a particularly unflattering shade of brown.

But for two hundred bucks? Hey, what did it matter?! It was a bargain! I needed a cheap car, and it seemed to run well (sort of). People laughed at me, of course, and the locals on the Northern end of the Gold Coast came up with all manner of names for the old brown mini. But I didn’t mind. It had personality. And it was mine.

Unfortunately, when we left Queensland and moved to Melbourne, things didn’t go so well for it. Although we kept it, and had thoughts on occasion to someday perhaps even restore it, I never really drove it again. It sat for a while in our carport, then out in the street. Eventually, it was just in the way. So I borrowed a trailer, towed it over to my parents place, and pushed it under a tree in the corner of their property, out of sight. And there, for the next seven years it sat, slowly deteriorating. It looked very sad indeed.

I must admit I felt guilty about it. Every time we visited my folks place, my two boys would plead with me to get the old thing going again. “Dad, you can’t just let it rot there!” they’d say. But I just never found the time.

Then, a few years ago, I happened to tell a friend of mine about the old Mini. Turned out he was a car enthusiast, who knew a great deal about Morris Minis. It also turned out that it happened to be a fairly rare model, one of only a few hundred built and, potentially, quite valuable. At which point, I decided I’d better pull it out from under the tree, pluck the mushrooms and mould out of the floors and seats, and maybe do something about it.

So began a two year labor of love.

Mind you, had I known what I was about to tackle, I suspect I might have had second thoughts. But ignorance was on my side, and so I began. Turned out it was one of the most difficult, time consuming, laborious, tormenting, infuriating things I have ever done. It was also one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable projects of my life.

Step by step, through the summer, into the winter, and on for the next few years, I worked away, mostly at night, while the kids were tucked up in bed. In time, I had removed, pulled apart and dissembled the entire car. Every single piece. I sandblasted away every last fleck of poo brown paint, and soon was left with a really ugly steel shell, covered by patches of old filler and hidden repair jobs. And a garage full of thousands of bits and pieces. Carefully marked and sorted out. Mostly.

Then began the work of restoration. Anything that was repairable, I repaired. Anything that was too far gone, broken or worn out, I replaced. I traded bits and pieces on ebay to source more original parts, and worked through every thing to make sure it was like new – every nut and bolt, all the electrical wiring, every hydraulic line, every instrument, the entire interior, the suspension, the engine…. everything! Eventually I cut away all the rust, fixed up all the little dents, and with the help of a friend, had it all repainted. Definitely not brown. Red, of course.

It had taken inestimable hours, and many, many late nights, fiddling around, figuring out, and finding where. But day by day, piece by tiny, frustrating little piece, step by step, with goodness knows how many shaved knuckles and bruises and bumps, it all came together.

Finally, one glorious Saturday morning, I was able to drive it out of the garage, up the drive, and into the street! Rebuilt, fully restored, inside and out.

Why share that story. Here’s why.

While undertaking that project, I became aware, in a fresh, very personal and profound way, that my project was in some ways a metaphor of one of the most compelling, and profound spiritual principles we find in Scripture: that God is about His work of Restoration.

Common to both Eastern College, and MST, is a deep conviction that Christian higher education, at its very core, is about training, equipping and empowering men and women to not only lay hold of the incredible truth of God’s transforming power, but to recognize this is a work that we, in turn, have the privilege of sharing. God’s work of renewal and restoration is not only in us, but through us.

Paul speaks of this in his letter to the Philippians:

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus! (Philippians 1:6).

Similarly, he wrote to the Ephesian church:

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10)

Both MST, and Eastern College, exist to equip, shape, inspire, and educate men and women with an understanding of how God’s message of restoration and renewal can impact their entire lives; their relationships, their professional vocation and workplace, their homes, their neighborhood, their environment … their world.

And unlike my little Mini, which one day, in spite of all my efforts, will nevertheless rust away, the renewing, transforming work of God is one which will never cease, until we are fully complete. It’s a message worth knowing, and a world-view worth sharing and how, in turn, they are called to be truth of God. In our ministry, not only are we all the focus of that same, sanctifying work of the Spirit of God, we also have the privilege of participating in it. Paul’s words remind us that we can have unwavering confidence in what we are doing; proclaiming and teaching the Scriptures, because the work of the Gospel is the work of Christ; it is not our work. The power of the Gospel is the power of Christ, not our power. And the promises of the Gospel are sure because God has determined that He will carry them on to full and total completion.

 

 

Tim Meyers
Executive Principal
Eastern College Australia

Ideas Have Legs

I have to confess, I am a Star Trek Fan.
Take the part where Jean Luc Picard speaks to 21 century humans who have been awaken after 300 years in cryogenic state and calmly explains we have nor need of material ambitions, money, wars or aggressive competition. We put that part of our human history well truly behind us. Now we focus on cooperating and discovery of the universe. The future is so much better than the past.

This is such a powerful idea.  Today, people are aghast and angry that perhaps the next generation (or even in the next 5 years) we may be more poor or be worse off;  for surely our destiny is onwards and upwards. But where did this idea begin?

In the ancient world the idea of progress was unheard of.  The ‘future’ was much the same as the present (or in the Hindu world it was cyclical).  The’ middle’ is often called the dark ages because many thought society had regressed from the Golden age of Ancient Big civilizations, such as the Greek and Roman empires.

Yet through small beginnings this idea was nurtured of progress particularly through commitment to invention, a movement to a better world and life into the future could be achieved.

Francis Bacon judged that, “owing mainly to an undue reverence for the past (as well as to an excessive absorption in cultural vanities and frivolities), the intellectual life of Europe had reached a kind of impasse or standstill”. Yet he believed there was a way beyond this stagnation if persons of learning, armed with new methods and insights, would simply open their eyes and minds to the world around them. This at any rate was the basic argument of his seminal 1605 treatise The Proficience and Advancement of Learning, arguably the first important philosophical work to be published in English.

This idea was scoffed at first. It stood against the wisdom of the day, but it began to grow legs, walk and then run through history –  growing, adapting and changing us to the modern world of today.

As a side track, are ideas ever really completely new? Some may argue Bacon may have been influenced by writing some 1100 years earlier when Augustine put forward a view of History that it is moving forward from its Beginning Creation to the New Jerusalem

But why am I babbling on about ideas?

Part of me some weeks ago felt a little bit trapped thinking about my work over the years of working mainly with Ideas. I was not really getting out there practically helping and serving those in need. Maybe what I’m working on is a waste of time. BUT then I remembered an old friend’s devotion entitled Ideas Have Legs. They run through History shaping our lives.

Being part of a Christian Higher Education, we work with ideas. We read them and analyze them and apply them. We also generate them.

A Fellow traveller, Professor David Smith, noticed because of His Christian worldview that most of the text books teaching foreign languages were framed by the big idea of consumerism. He asked the question, what if we made THE BIG IDEA OF HOSPITALITY the central idea of our foreign language program? What would it look like?

His approach is transforming one.

We need to conceptualize the present practices and ideas behind them in the light of the Gospel, let it show us the distortions and gaps, and then reconceptualise around a kingdom vision/dream… and ask WHAT IF?

This talk was given at an Eastern College Gathering on Wednesday, 16-Aug-2017

By Andrew Schmidt
Bachelor of Education Course Director

Principal Cheryl McCallum Resigns

Sweet Sorrow

“Parting is such sweet sorrow” wrote Shakespeare and he obviously understood some of the conflicting emotions we feel when a season of our life is coming to an end and a parting is taking place from what we hold dear. Tabor/Eastern has been part of my life for so long it is hard for me to comprehend that in a few months I will no longer be part of the learning community that has meant so much to me.

I will miss the students, the staff, the camaraderie, the challenges, the triumphs, the joy, the laughter, the discovery of learning, the classroom and the teaching. I will sorrow to not be there when the new students arrive, to greet the continuing students and to celebrate at graduation with those who have completed their awards. To be honest, the only thing I will not miss is the marking. 😉

As someone who always likes to know what lies ahead and to plan accordingly, I am always disconcerted when God does not act in harmony with my need for control. So, it is unsettling to not know where I will be in 2018 and what I will be doing. I think God delights in always bringing me back to a position of faith and vulnerability to remind me that He is the one who holds my future in His hands.

My prayer will always be for the growth and flourishing of Eastern College. I am satisfied with the contribution I have made to the college and I believe its best years are still to come.
I leave knowing this is the right timing but nonetheless it will be a parting of “sweet sorrow”.

Dr Cheryl McCallum
Principal of Eastern College Australia

Compassionate, Visionary, Hopeful, Joyful

Semester 1 at Eastern saw 57 Master of Transformational Development (MTD) students immersed in studying the implications of climate change for some of the most vulnerable people in the world. It is one thing to be deeply confronted by the disturbing scientific realities of climate change through our reading, but many of Eastern’s MTD students are directly involved with communities already suffering as a result of climate change.

Several of our students live and work in Kenya and Zimbabwe and, as is true in many parts of sub-Sahara Africa, the farmers in their churches have endured months and months of no or little rain. Crops wither in the fields, and with them family incomes also dry up and food security is threatened. The increasing unreliability of rains, one of the symptoms of climate change, is impacting on our MTD students’ communities in Egypt, Pakistan, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

Imagine the impact of soaring temperatures on the inhabitants of large urban slum communities where our MTD students are working: Delhi, Jakarta, Nairobi, Dhaka, and Lahore. One inevitable consequence of climate change in those communities will be the dramatic increase in outbreaks of the diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, malaria, dengue, and encephalitis.

How do we engage meaningfully with a threat as deeply disturbing as climate change? What does Christian hope look like when confronted by a global ecological crisis that threatens human existence as we know it?

In a public lecture at Eastern on May 2, in which he examined many of the challenges confronting the global community at this time, Evert-Jan Ouweneel, a Dutch philosopher and World Vision senior advisor, offered seven ways to resist the pressure to cave-in to despair and grief, and be energised by hope:

  1. Stay calm. “God is in control – He’s got the whole world in his hands.”
  2. Stay compassionate. Our first priority should be the “well-being of those who are hit first or hit the most.”
  3. Stay hopeful. Evert-Jan reminded us of Martin Luther’s assertion: “If the world ends tomorrow I will still plant an apple seed today.”
  4. Stay visionary. Always remember the Bible’s global vision and God’s promise of a glorious future for the entire creation.
  5. Stay stubborn. “Let’s stick to hope in the midst of pessimism and cynicism.”
  6. Stay human. “In this time of re-tribalism, with people withdrawing into their own bastions of likeminded people, Christians can be the bridge-builders of society.”
  7. Stay joyful. “If we can’t count our blessings as children who say ‘Abba Father’ to God, who can.”

Someone who epitomises what this looks like to me is Sharon Edison. Sharon is in her final semester of MTD studies, and four years ago set up a small development organisation called Sahayak (meaning helper) to respond to the needs of highly vulnerable women and children living in a slum on the southern edge of the sprawling Indian capital Delhi. The challenges confronting this community are huge. Just last Tuesday (July 11) I received a WhatsApp message from Sharon telling me of a cholera outbreak that had taken the life of a 5-year-old girl called Reema, and another four of Sharon’s young charges had been hospitalised. Despite such terrible setbacks Sharon and her team remain determinedly positive and committed to making a sustainable difference. In her July newsletter she writes:

“Creation Care is all about stewardship. It all belongs to God… The first command God gave to man was to take care of the Earth, which includes managing and protecting the environment. We believe that what we can do, we must do! We have been discovering nature’s solution to climate change related health issues for the benefit of our kids at Sahayak. Wherever we found land we planted Aloe Vera and it’s a joy to see Aloe Vera plants that we planted some time back growing. This plant has antiviral and anti-bacterial properties as well as being a healing herb for skin, rich in vitamin A, B, C & E. Aloe Vera is a commercial miracle plant in one of a medicinal group of plants…. Our aim is to sustain this initiative for the benefit of our kids and their families in the community. At present, we are farming about 90 plants since we last counted. We have been approached by neighbours, shopkeepers and gardeners for sale of these plants. We have incorporated Aloe Vera gel in recycled bottles and given to all our kids at the centre to heal their heat boils and bug bites.

We also are planning to add the gel of aloe in fruit juices as it’s good for health. May we find it in our hearts to care for one another and our earthly home and leave it greener and cleaner for our children and their children.”

Compassionate, visionary, hopeful, joyful – all who have studied with Sharon in the MTD know that she is all these things! Please pray for her and her 50+ colleagues in the MTD, that God will sustain them with hope and joy as they walk alongside the poor in their communities, and work with them for a better future.

Steve Bradbury
Lecturer in Transformational Development

Book Review

Excerpt from Dr Jon Newton’s book review for the Spiritus academic journal:

Spirit Freedom and Power: Changes in Pentecostal Spirituality by Dr Angelo Cettolin.

” Why do I recommend this book? First, because Australia Pentecostalism has its own unique story and flavor rather different to that in North America, Europe or the “Majority World.” This distinctive Australian Pentecostalism is now being exported all over the world so it is wise for interested people to read about it from the viewpoint of an “insider.”

Second, Cettolin’s book draws on credible (international and Australian) sources to discuss the issues of twenty-first century Pentecostalism with a historical and contemporary perspective; this book could serve as a handy introduction to Pentecostalism in general.

And third, this book really talks to the people on the ground in good empirical research. It’s a model of grounded, honest, empirical research in the service of a Pentecostal goal.”

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Dr Angelo Cettolin is the Dean of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in Ministry at Eastern College Australia.