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...]

Journeys into the Pentecostal Subculture: Dress Codes Pt 2

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Continuing our trip through the Pentecostal subculture--particularly, the Oneness/Apostolic branches, many of whom still require adherence to dress codes for men as well as women, for women though, the focus is modesty, where for men, the focus seems to be professional dress. This promotional video is from a company whose tag line is "where fashion meets modesty."This video was put up a few days ago and offers tips on basics of Pentecostal wardrobe--for … [Read more...]

Journeys Through Pentecostal Subcultures: Hairstyles

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We're on vacation next week, this week, a brief curated view of the Pentecostal subculture in Oneness denominations that requires women not to cut their hair. There are literally dozens of websites, instructional videos, and doctrinal explanations for this practice.  For Apostolic women, this practice binds them together, creates a subculture within a subculture, sets them apart as unique.  For Oneness Pentecostals, who rely on their theological distinctiveness to assert their claims to o … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll, Will You Marry Me? Or Looking For Mr(s) Right at Christian (W)Life College

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 Given last week’s heavy and well-received post on Rios Montt and Guatemala and given that summer is almost here, perhaps it’s time to lighten up...for the next few weeks, I’ll post some interesting things I’m finding in writing my new book, “Pentecostalism in America,” due out sometime in the near future with Columbia University Press.  This week recalls some trips to evangelical/Pentecostal bible colleges, where social dancing is prohibited, drinking is done off grounds and out of sight, rela … [Read more...]


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