Lee's Stephenson Wins Pneuma Book Award

Friday, April 12, 2013 - by Tyler Beckett, Lee University

Dr. Lisa Stephenson, an assistant professor of Systematic Theology in the Lee University School of Religion, has received the 2013 Pneuma Book Award. The award is for her recent book, which analyzes the factors resulting in the present situation among American Pentecostal women in ministry and proposes solutions that address the problems that have perpetuated their ecclesial restrictions.

Dr. Stephenson’s book, titled, “Dismantling the Dualisms for American Pentecostal Women in Ministry: A Feminist-Pneumatological Approach,” was presented the award in Seattle, Wash., by the Society for Pentecostal Studies for its “significant achievement in scholarship related to Pentecostal and Charismatic studies.”

The book, which was published by E. J. Brill, uses a “biblical and theological rationale” to address issues that affect local churches and communities. 

"In many Pentecostal denominations there are still restrictions placed on women that prohibit them from fully engaging in all aspects of the church,” said Dr. Stephenson. “My hope is that the content of the book will encourage women who are called to ministry.”

This is the 11th year the Pneuma Book Award has been given, each year celebrating the highest-quality academic books on Pentecostal Theology. Past recipients include scholars and theologians from Duke University, University of Toronto, and Fuller Theological Seminary. 

"I was very honored and humbled for my book to receive the 2013 Pneuma Book Award,” Dr. Stephenson said. “For it now to be listed alongside the previous winners is a great privilege.”

The Society for Pentecostal Studies began in 1970 and is an organization dedicated to open discussion for all academic disciplines as a spiritual service to the kingdom of God. The purpose of the Society is to aid, recognize, and publicize the work of Pentecostal and charismatic scholars; to study the implications of Pentecostal theology in relation to other academic disciplines, seeking a Pentecostal world-and-life view; and to support fully, to the extent appropriate for an academic society, the statement of purposes of the World Pentecostal Fellowship. 

For more information about Dr. Stephenson’s book, visit http://www.brill.com/dismantling-dualisms-american-pentecostal-women-ministry.

For more information about the Society for Pentecostal Studies and the Pneuma Award, visit http://www.sps-usa.org/#/home.

MatCounts Cancelled This Week

The e-week MathCounts event scheduled for  this Saturday  has been cancelled due to unforeseen schedule conflicts among the competing teams. Jeff Parris, organizer for this event, regrets any inconvenience this may cause those who had planned to help with the event. Jeff can be reached at  423-503-8766 . (click for more)

Lee University YAPD Grant Recipients Announced

The Office of Alumni Relations at Lee University has announced the winners of the second annual Young Alumni Professional Development Grant.  The YAPD Grant program supports alumni participating in initiatives, events, trainings and projects related to professional development. The grant is open to all Lee University alumni, regardless of academic major or professional experience, ... (click for more)

Arrests Made In Connection With Fire At Brainerd Trophy Shop

Fire investigators Captain Moore and Captain McElvain made two arrests Friday night in connection with the fire at the Brainerd Trophy Shop that occurred  on Friday  morning. Gene Wegg and Pamela McNabb, have been arrested and charged with arson by the Chattanooga Fire Department. The two allegedly broke into the Brainerd Trophy Shop and set fire to the building, ... (click for more)

TBI Case Leads To Charges For Woman In Death Of Whitwell Boy

A joint investigation by special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Whitwell Police Department has resulted in charges for a Whitwell woman in connection to the death of her boyfriend’s son. At the request of 12 th  District Attorney J. Michael Taylor, TBI apecial agents began investigating the death of six-year-old Lucas Michael Dillon on March 29, ... (click for more)

The City I Used To Know

“They Dead”, the innocent young voice said as tears began streaming from my eyes.  Foolishness that didn’t involve him snatched away his childhood in the blink of an eye.  Why?  Why has my city become known more for gangs and violence than the River Front, Lookout Mountain, and a fun little theme park?  What happened to hot summers at Lake Winnie, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Stick Of Dynamite

You may have seen the Tennessee Legislature jumped on the bandwagon to send “an atomic bomb” to Washington this week. The “bomb” makes Tennessee the fifth state to adopt a Convention of the States Project that will hopefully limit the power and the jurisdiction of federal government. The official wording is “to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power ... (click for more)