Re-Scripting Pentecostal Saints: Curious Life of Mother Rosa Horn

Gladys A Brandhagen

This is one in another of my summer series on Pentecostal women, I am off for vacation till August, but in August, I hope to dedicate the next several installments commemorating the 70th anniversary of the death of Foursquare founder, Sister Aimee Semple McPherson.One of the more intriguing stories I've included in my long-suffering attempt to finish my book on Pentecostalism in America is the one about Mother Rosa Horn. Horn founded  her own denomination, the Pentecostal Faith Church, … [Read more...]

Snake-Handling, Vaccines & Science Denial

Coots

Yes, so social media was aglow and more than a little snarky and even downright cruel over the death of Rev. Jaime Coots, a snake-handling pastor from Kentucky. After refusing treatment for yet another snake bite, Coots died last week, but media folks and outsiders to this particular subculture are wrong to think that this event will do anything to deter this small Pentecostal subculture from continuing to practice snake handling and drink poison as a sign of their faith. So what is going on … [Read more...]

A.A. Allen: “God’s Man of Faith and Power”

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 One of the many obsessive habits that befall academics who live with their subjects too long is we get to know way too much about them, learning everything we can, visiting their birthplaces, where they are buried, interviewing people, all in an attempt to say we have uncovered as much as we can about said person. A.A. Allen is one of those people whom I have lived with for years and can’t seem to shake.  In the second installment of a summer trip through my latest and upcoming book, Pen … [Read more...]

Corazón Sagrado meets El Espíritu Santo

Santo Niño Prayer Chapel

On my way back from my one-year stint at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, I stopped by El Santuario de Chimayo--the most famous healing shrine in the U.S. http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.us/ Visiting a healing shrine was the last item on my agenda, since I had been talking about healing for weeks at Perkins. The idea that healing is part of the Christian tradition across most denominations, the selective nature of healing--and how healing itself is culturally bound by what we are taught … [Read more...]


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