Remembering Elvis…and the Pentecostal War on Rock n Roll

ElvisGraceland

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 … [Read more...]

Journeys Through Pentecostal Subcultures: Hairstyles

Vintage Apostolic women

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 … [Read more...]