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Vantage Point: The First Hundred Years

By Ken Horn
Jan. 13, 2013

This new year, 2013, holds special meaning for the Assemblies of God Fellowship. This is the year we celebrate the Pentecostal Evangel’s 100th anniversary — our centennial year.

It will surprise some of you to know that the magazine is one year older than the Fellowship! The Assemblies of God was not formed until 1914.

It will also surprise some to know that the magazine didn’t actually have the word “Pentecostal” in its name when it began, though it was thoroughly Pentecostal from its beginning. It premiered as the Christian Evangel in Plainfield, Ind., on July 19, 1913, published by J. Roswell and Alice Reynolds Flower, who became early leaders in the AG.

During the AG’s first year, the Fellowship had two official periodicals — the Flowers’ Evangel and E.N. Bell’s monthly Word and Witness. (Bell was the first elected leader, then called “chairman,” of the Assemblies of God.) In 1915 the two publications merged under the Christian Evangel name. The magazine spent a season as the Weekly Evangel, from later that year until 1918, when the Fellowship’s headquarters moved to St. Louis. It wasn’t until 1919 that Pentecostal entered the title … to stay.

The year 2013 finds many historic publications no longer printing. Newsweek, which had been around since 1933, just ceased its print edition. The Pentecostal Evangel, still a weekly, plans to keep publishing as long as the Lord permits.

With a hundred years and 5,149 issues published so far, the Pentecostal Evangel is historically rich, tracing the story of the Assemblies of God as well as the broader Pentecostal and evangelical movements. Devotional and theological content abound within its pages, and missions coverage has been a priority for the entire century.

Throughout this year, we will look back at a variety of classic content from the magazine’s first century. Each week, look for our feature “The First One Hundred,” plus article reprints at least once a month that include soul-stirring testimonies, true stories of lives transformed, that are still relevant and inspiring.

And when the year comes to a close, we will begin an even more momentous centennial — that of the Assemblies of God itself.

Ken Horn

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