Lecture 1 August 6, 2023
I am often asked how many books I have written. The number is twenty-one. I’m now working on number twenty-two, which will be the second volume of my commentary on Psalms. I would, of course, like to get these books into the hands of as many readers as possible. Like preachers, pastors, and teachers, Christian authors have a sense of calling, and they believe God has given them a message they need to communicate to people of faith.
For that reason, I’m happy to tell you that the Pentecostal Publishing House, now known as the Pentecostal Resources Group, has informed me that I can offer a 15% discount on all of my books and other resources from now through July 14, 2023, which is the last day of the Arkansas District Camp Meeting.
Tim Gaddy, the district superintendent of the Arkansas District of the United Pentecostal Church International, has asked me to do the Bible teaching for the Arkansas district’s camp meeting this year, which is scheduled for July 12-14. Due to scheduling challenges, the Pentecostal Publishing House will not have a display set up at the camp meeting. That is the reason the discount is available. We want to make these resources as accessible as possible.
How to obtain the 15% discount
Keep in mind the discount code is DS15. You can take advantage of this special discount by phone or email.
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In order to see the fifty-two resources available, check out the PPH website at pentecostalpublishing.com. Type “Segraves” in the search window. This will enable you to see each of the twenty-one books by title and with brief descriptions. One is available in the Spanish language as well a English. Some are offered as e-books as well as in hard copy. In addition to the books, resources are available as CDs. Here is a summary of what you will find:
Verse by verse commentaries: Romans: Living by Faith Hebrews: Better Things James: Faith at Work First Peter: Standing Fast in the Grace of God Second Peter and Jude Proverbs: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World
Doctrine: God in Flesh Hair Length in the Bible The Messiah's Name: JESUS, not Yahshua Elohim and the Plural Passages (audio and video) The Influence of Hellenistic Philosophy on the Development of Christology to Chalcedon (audio) Binding and Loosing: The Authority of the Church (audio) The Holy Spirit (This 314 page hard-back book is my most recent publication. It is a treatment of apostolic pneumatology that explores nearly every reference to the Holy Spirit in the entire Bible, beginning with Genesis 1:2 and ending with Revelation 22:17.
Christian Growth: Insights for Christian Living You Can Understand the Bible If God Loves Me, Why Am I Hurting? Spiritual Gifts That Which is Perfect
Biblical Studies: The Messiah in the Psalms, 1-72: Discovering Christ in Unexpected Places Reading Between the Lines: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament Themes from a Letter to Rome
Prophecy: Looking Forward: A Clear View of Biblical Prophecy (available in English and Spanish)
Biography: Andrew D. Urshan: A Theological Biography This 312 page book is a professionally edited treatment of my Ph.D. dissertation on the life and theology of Andrew D. Urshan, one of the four most influential early twentieth century Oneness Pentecostals.
General Conference, Daniel Segraves 2001: This CD is a recording of my defense of the genuineness of Christ's humanity.
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Daniel and Susan Segraves
Near Father’s Day 2021, I was diagnosed with a disease heard of by few people … smoldering myeloma.
My primary care physician had noted something of concern in my annual bloodwork, and she recommended that I see a hematologist at least some time within the next four months. It was my understanding that it can be difficult to get an appointment with a doctor with the necessary skills. The Lord opened the door for me quickly; I had an appointment the next day.
My diagnosis called for a two-year plan of treatment. Over this time, I experienced a significant change in lifestyle, limiting travel, physical movement, and speaking engagements.
Today, on May 23, 2023, at 1 p.m., I met with my hematologist and received the good news that my bloodwork is normal and that I can discontinue the medications. I will not need to see this specialist until August 23 of this year for a follow-up examination. In the meantime, I can travel and teach. In other words, God has enabled me to reassume a life of health that I can live for His glory.
I have experienced the healing hand of our Lord!
It seems significant to me now that when Tim Gaddy, the district superintendent of the Arkansas District of the United Pentecostal Church International invited me to speak at the Arkansas District Camp Meeting in July of this year, he asked me to teach on the subjects of the Gifts of the Spirit and Signs and Wonders. He made this request before he was aware of my diagnosis.
I hope to see some of you at this camp meeting. As I frequently mention when I am in Arkansas, my spiritual roots run deep in this state. It is where I was baptized with the Holy Spirit as a young boy during the 1950s. This was in Rector, where my father, Glen Segraves, served as pastor from 1953 to 1959.
Tim Gaddy, District Superintendent for the Arkansas District of the United Pentecostal Church International, has asked me to teach at the upcoming Arkansas District Camp Meeting. The Camp Meeting will convene on July 11-14 at the campgrounds in Redfield, Arkansas.
I am scheduled to teach at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday on the topics of the Gifts of the Spirit and Signs and Wonders. Other speakers include Joel Urshan, Stan Gleason, and Elias Limones.
I appreciate this opportunity and look forward to sharing fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ in the Arkansas District.
My spiritual roots run deep in Arkansas, where my father, Glen Segraves, was pastor of the church in Rector from 1953 to 1959. It was in Rector that I was baptized with the Holy Spirit.
My wife Susan and I are grateful for the invitation to come to Arkansas once again. Many of you know the story of how our Lord brought us together. We are now in our tenth year of marriage! God has been good to us!
Grant Wacker, the Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Christian History at Duke Divinity School, wrote the foreword for the recently released Oneness Pentecostalism: Race, Gender, and Culture. This 263-page hardback volume is published by The Pennsylvania State University Press and edited by Lloyd D. Barba, Andrea Shan Johnson, and Daniel Ramirez.
In addition to Wacker’s foreword, the book includes a list of illustrations, acknowledgments, and an introduction titled “Remapping the History of North American Oneness Pentecostalism,” with contributions from each editor.
Ten chapters explore the variety of topics to which the subtitle alludes, offering insights on race, gender, and culture from the perspective of Oneness Pentecostalism as it developed from the early twentieth century. The author of each chapter is a scholar in the field whose academic qualifications are presented in a list of contributors on page 251.
Here are the chapter titles with the authors’ names:
- The Unresolved Issue: A Third-World Perspective on the Oneness Question, Manuel Gaxiola
- Evangelical Origins of Oneness Pentecostal Theology, David A. Reed
- Sounding Out Diversity in Pentecostal History: Early Oneness Hymnody, Daniel Ramirez
- Andrew D. Urshan: An Eastern Voice in Early Oneness Pentecostalism, Daniel L. Segraves
- The Dust District: Okies, Authority, and the Hard-Liner Transformation of California Pentecostalism, Lloyd D. Barba
- The Braziers: Three Generations of Apostolic Activism, Rosa M. Sailes
- Bossed and Bothered: Authority and Gender in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Dana Coleby Delgado
- Trust God to Provide for the Difference: The Economic and Opportunity Costs of Being Female and a Preacher, Andrea Shan Johnson
- Women in the Luz del Mundo Church: A Transnational Study, Patricia Fortuny Loret de Mola
- Liturgical Spaces in Mexican Oneness Pentecostalism: Architectural and Spatial Dimensions, Daniel Chiquete
The volume concludes with a final offering by the editors titled “Navigating New Paths to Old Landmarks,” followed by a ten-page index.
The need for this work is captured in Wacker’s first paragraph:
“Four score and seven years ago” – or so it now seems – I wrote a long essay on “Bibliography and Historiography” for the landmark Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (1988). For a young historian wading into uncharted waters, it was, I hope, a useful effort. Yet looking at that essay today, I am shocked – though not really surprised – by the topics that I shortchanged. The most notable was Oneness Pentecostalism.
As I mentioned in my post on February 15, 2023, I had the opportunity on February 26, 2023 to present a lecture on The Messiah in the Psalms to interested members of the general board of the United Pentecostal Church International. I posted a PowerPoint presentation including 135 slides to be sure all the information I wanted to share would be available to attendees. I’m leaving that presentation on my blog so anyone can make use of it.
Just as a point of interest, I noticed those who viewed my blog that day included people from the United States of America, Poland, Canada, India, Ghana, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Jamaica. Not only did viewers search the blog’s archives, they also looked specifically at posts titled “The Messiah in the Psalms,” “The Holy Spirit in the Book of Romans,” “A Response to Calvin Beisner’s Explanation of Acts 2:38,” “Daily Wisdom 234: Proverbs 11:17,” “Another Look at ‘Delivering Up the Kingdom,’ “The Day I Wore My Suspenders to School,” “The Spirit of the Lord in the Minor Prophets,” and “The Encyclopedia Brittanica and Baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ.”
Concerning Asbury University and my book Andrew D. Urshan: A Theological Biography. Most readers of this blog probably have some level of awareness of the recent move of the Holy Spirit at Asbury University. I am thankful for the Spirit’s work wherever, whenever, and however it occurs. When we first heard what was going on in Wilmore, Kentucky, my wife Susan reminded me that there was a connection between Asbury and my book about Andrew D. Urshan. The connection is that the book is published by Emeth Press, a publisher of academic books. The book is included in the series known as The Asbury Theological Seminary Series in World Christian Revitalization Movements. “Emeth” is a Hebrew word. Its range of meaning includes firmness, trustworthiness, constancy, duration, faithfulness, and truth. If you are interested in checking out information about my book, you can do so at http://www.emethpress.com. The book is available also at pentecostalpublishing.com and amazon.com.
I am scheduled to speak to the General Board of the United Pentecostal Church International on the subject of The Messiah in the Psalms on February 26, 2023. The occasion is the General Board Professional Development Seminar for board members and their spouses. To be sure all attendees have access to the presentation, I am posting it here.
Not only am I finished with Psalm 83, but after a discussion with Everett Gossard, Book Editor for the Pentecostal Resources Group, UPCI, I have clear direction for the future of The Messiah in the Psalms.
As many of you know, there are five books within the Book of Psalms. They are arranged in this way: Book 1: Psalms 1-41; Book 2: Psalms 42-72; Book 3: Psalms 73-89; Book 4: Psalms 90-106; Book 5: Psalms 107-150. My first volume covers Psalms 1-72 plus three appendices for a total of 382 pages.
Some commentaries on the Book of Psalms are released in one volume, some in two volumes, and some in three. My final work on the Psalter will be in three volumes. The second volume will include books three and four (i.e., Psalms 73-106). The third volume will consist of book five (i.e., Psalms 107-150).
Thus, volume two will include my comments on 679 verses and volume three my comments on 694 verses. I can’t predict the total page length of each volume, but they should be about the same.
I’m focusing on this project, and the more I do, the more clearly I see what Jesus meant when He said, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me” (Luke 24:44, NKJV).
I have been invited to speak for two hours on this subject at an upcoming meeting of the general board of the United Pentecostal Church and their spouses. I’m looking forward to this event!
Yes, I have now finished my work on Psalm 82, a thought-provoking, Messianic psalm. Although it took me only about two days to complete and includes only eight verses plus a four-word superscription, the published work will come to 2,389 words.
Now to Psalm 83, the final psalm linked to Asaph.
So far, the idea of limiting the time I spend with emails is working!