Nothing New Under The (Pew) Sun

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A Few (Not So New) Things About the Pew Study: (and its a good study btw, its just not particularly new to us) here it is for your perusal:http://www.pewforum.org/2014/05/07/the-shifting-religious-identity-of-latinos-in-the-united-states/ 1. Latinos/as have been raised in and/or converting to various branches of Protestantism for over a hundred years, and that includes Pentecostalism.2.  One cannot examine the conversion efforts of Protestants towards Latinos/as without c … [Read more...]

Happy No. 5 Patheos

In the midst of grading, writing & prepping for more summer teaching, a quick saludos to the folks at Patheos, whom I have had the pleasure of helping out since they first started! #Patheos5yoI remember writing much of the material that forms the basis of their "Pentecostalism" section & now as a (semi) regular blogger on their Progressive Christian channel, I don't know of another forum that captures the essence of (irr)religious/spiritual life like Patheos. Truly a pleasure to … [Read more...]

Happy Good Friday!

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It is that time of the semester when I will be doing very little blogging, in fact for the next few weeks, I think I will focus on poetry, because there is not enough poetry in our lives...today's sample is from Mary Oliver, one of my favorites.... and it reminds me of today, Good Friday--when altars are traditionally dressed in black...and I understand, like the line below, that this was a present.“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that t … [Read more...]

Sanctifying Music, Sex & Death: Remembering Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

April 2 1984, if I remember correctly, was a cool, crisp Spring morning. waiting for school to begin, students regularly waited in the quad area and just outside the athletic fields on benches waiting for the bell to ring for school to start. This morning was different though, the night before, Marvin Gaye was killed by his father in Los Angeles, the news made its way through school, and a pall was cast over James A. Garfield Sr. High School in East LA.  Marvin, you see, was one of our musical … [Read more...]

Hunting For Heresy at Regent University…& Hobby Lobby & World Vision (Pt 3)

Keep Calm and Decolonize

About a month ago I gave a plenary address at Regent. The conference was well planned, the discussions were stimulating and I left with a renewed sense of my work as an academic.  The conference, on Latin American and U.S. Latino/a Pentecostalism, was a first of its kind. As someone who has spent a couple of decades studying the latter, it was heartening that such a conference finally occurred. That it occurred at Regent, I will be honest, was a bit of a surprise, since evangelical colleges are … [Read more...]

Hunting Heresy at Regent University–Part II (Dress Codes)

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When I finished my presentation on Dress Codes and Pentecostal Purity Culture in a class at Regent a few weeks ago, I was genuinely worried because my talk was meant to be subversive.  It went well, the class was receptive, and since it was mostly women, the fact that there are few, if any, regulations aimed towards men, they got it. Dress codes, historically and today are rooted in gendered notions of women’s sexual power over men being so overwhelming, that it is almost unfair to subject men to … [Read more...]

Hunting Heresy at Regent University

Heresy

A few weeks ago, I attended the Renewal Across Americas conference at Regent University. I have been bogged down by grading so this is the first time I have had to write about the many things I learned about life at Regent--The House that Pat Robertson Built.I have learned much about my chosen profession from watching and talking to many colleagues about their experiences. If I can generalize, the academic life of many in my cohort--is one where roots are rarely planted in one institution … [Read more...]


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