Outliers: Interviews w/ Progressive Pentecostals

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First in a series...with Pentecostals skewing the norm--and disturbing the universeAn interview with my friend and colleague Rick Waldrop, whose mission work in Ecuador hints at a progressive Pentecostal future that I'm thrilled to report on and even more excited to support financially. I hope if this interview impresses you as much as it did me, you'll consider supporting the Waldrop's workTo read more about Rick's work: http://cogwm.org/projects/rick-and-janice-waldrop/ … [Read more...]

End of the Summer Musings

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Been doing lots of posts on culture and music—because sometimes you just have to unplug from the news. And it's summer! And it's now over...soPortland is a phenomenal city-vacationing there reminds me that the Northwest—a bastion of the “nones” is a great place to live. I got lots of writing done on lots of little projects- I'm happy about that! Things I'm less happy about: harassing children for singing the national anthem in Español. Classless hatred at its worst. Even more distur … [Read more...]

Remembering Elvis…and the Pentecostal War on Rock n Roll

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This is the anniversary of The King's death.  I've been to Graceland, and I must say that aside from the garishness of it all, it was moving to see the reverence folks have for him.  Most people know that Elvis had a religious background, and even recorded some pretty good gospel albums, what most do not know was that Elvis was a member of the Assemblies of God, and in his youth, was even an Ambassador for Christ--the Assemblies' youth ministry. In fixing up a long awaited chapter I am working o … [Read more...]

Outliers: Musings from Millennial Evangelicals

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Today's guest post is one of those posts that you find when you spend way too much time on Twitter and and realize that there are so many varied voices out there that are never voices that the media uses when they want to "analyze" evangelicalism, media types usually trot out the same old folks--and with the current obsession over why (white)  millennials are leaving churches--I thought it would benefit readers of this page to read one person's response--this was originally posted in her fine … [Read more...]

Journeys Through Pentecostal Subcultures: Sacred Steel pt 1

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Today we're continuing to look at Pentecostal music on our summer journey.  This tradition is called sacred steel. Here's a sample of this exhilarating music--hope you enjoy this and the next few weeks installments!Sacred Steel is used mostly in the African American Pentecostal Church and is its own unique brand of American Folk Music--whether for worship or other types of performance, it is one of the most energetic and remarkable contributions to Pentecostal music history. It, like much of … [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...]


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