Last week saw a spate of new Accordance module releases. Among them were the notes to the Fire Bible: Global Study Edition. Originally titled The Full Life Study Bible, it began in the early 1980s as a missionary project by the late Don Stamps (1938-1991). While Rev. Stamps was serving in Brazil, he recognized a great need among pastors and lay workers for a study Bible written from a Pentecostal perspective. Later published as the Life in the Spirit Study Bible, it was first called the Fire Bible by believers in mainland China after they received Bibles in their own languages. Often referred to as a one-book Pentecostal library, the Fire Bible contains 77 theme articles, 45 maps and charts, introductions to each book of the Bible, and Pentecostal study notes.
In addition to the Fire Bible notes, we also released a commentary on the book of Acts by Pentecostal scholar Stanley Horton. This commentary is very readable and features study questions after each major section, so it is suitable for personal and group study. It is also copiously footnoted, and just skimming the footnotes gives the impression that Horton has read and interacted with every commentary on Acts ever written. Since many of the distinctives of the Pentecostal/Charismatic tradition are derived from the book of Acts, this commentary will prove extremely helpful both to those who belong to that tradition and those who wish to understand it better.