Simeon’s statement to Mary at Jesus’ circumcision, “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel” (Luke 2:34), is a lens through which we can view Jesus’ encounters with people. Jesus humbled the proud, the rich, and the powerful.
Just as the church was challenged by the holiness and prophetic voice of Catherine of Siena, the church today is renewed by the prophetic voices of those whose lives are shaped by prayer and close communion with Christ.
At its core, The Blue Parakeet is a book about biblical interpretation. McKnight upholds the authority of Scripture, seeing the Bible as God’s story—a story which God tells us so “we can enter into a relationship with him, listen to him, and live out his Word in our day and in our ways."
Though limitations on women in institutional leadership continue, Holiness and Pentecostal women continue to carry out evangelistic ministries using the venues of revival and camp meetings as well as women’s conferences and conventions.