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March 6, 2009

A Panegyric to Daniel B. Pecota (1929-1997) Introduction to the Series “Seeking the Face of God”

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A Panegyric to Pecota

Introduction to the Series “Seeking the Face of God”

by Peter W. Dunn

Friday, May 17, 2002

This week I have busied myself by editing a series of taped messages by Dr. Daniel B. Pecota, entitled “Seeking the Face of God”. At my invitation, Dr. Pecota delivered this series on January 6-9, 1989, at a retreat of the University Christian Ministries of British Columbia, Canada.

Daniel Bruce Pecota, DMin, was my favorite professor at Northwest College of the Assemblies of God in Kirkland, Washington, where I attended from 1982-85. He taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and Principles of Interpretation. I was profoundly marked by his commitment both to academic excellence and to deep Christian piety. At the age of eighteen, I took with him “Basic Christian Doctrine”. Before this course, I had been exposed to both flaky and sound theology, and I was not always sure how to sort out the difference between the two. Pecota’s teaching presented a much needed plumb line of biblical truth, sorting through most of the bad doctrine ever so present in the church, especially in the Pentecostal churches that I had attended. Not only so, but “Doc”—as we affectionately called him—demonstrated to us that Christianity was also a religion that made sense to the mind—it was not something that had to be accepted by blind faith, but it could be investigated and shown to be reasonable to an open mind. Thus, through this one course, he formed in me a foundation for both theology and apologetics. Dr. Pecota so impressed me with the need to study that I later attended Regent College (1986-91) and then University of Cambridge, England (1991-96).

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March 2, 2009

What’s Wrong with the Rapture?

Author’s note:  While pastor of teaching and training at a local, charismatic church (hence the emphasis on prophecy), I was troubled by the number of people who accepted the doctrine of the Rapture, so I wrote this little tract.  More recently, a friend told me that I had once expressed a view of Dispensationalism to him which showed that I didn’t know what I was talking about.  Therefore, as a part of a friendly debate, I offer this tract on the Rapture.

What is Wrong with the Rapture?
©2001 Peter W. Dunn

Introduction:   Christian books, radio, and TV are filled with a message of blessed hope: There will be a Rapture, an event in which all faithful Christians will be caught up in the air to join the Lord and spend a blessed seven years of feasting in heaven. Meanwhile, the most terrible plagues and punishments will fall upon all the faithless people left behind on earth, while the devil enforces a one-world government through an anti-Christ who will reign for seven years. Then Jesus will return to reign with his saints for 1000 years.
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