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...]

(Culture War) is Over-If You Want it…Please

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We interrupt our trip through the Pentecostal subcultures for this post about today's Supreme Court rulings, the entertaining curating through hairstyles will be back next time.People  get ready--for the End (of the Culture Wars) are/is at hand.  People do not act on faith alone, as if it had been dropped into their consciousness like some alien pod-like virus that inhabits them and takes them over until their natures disappear (Invasion of the Body Snatchers--the original, though the remake … [Read more...]

The Curious Life and Death (?) of William Branham

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 One of the reasons Pentecostalism is both academically fascinating and personally invigorating is because of its ability for religious innovation. Its pneumatic drive make it a daring mix of high tension piety and effervescence (thank you Emile Durkheim). Independent evangelists have had more of a hand in crafting their own brand of Pentecostalism since they tend to be free of the denominational structures imposed by hierarchies whose survival depends on securing the borders of orthodox belief … [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...]


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