The (Un) Equally Yoked Marriage/Divorce of Rev. Maria W. Atkinson

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Another installment of my look at Pentecostal women looks at a Church of God missionary named Maria W. Atkinson, who, like several other better known Pentecostal women, was a widowed and divorced woman during the 1920s and 30s when such things were unheard of. It makes you wonder how certain women were able to find that elusive "wiggle" room to get out of marriages that stifled their careers? Maria Atkinson was born into a Catholic upper-middle class family in Sonora, Mexico, in 1877. The … [Read more...]

The Confessions of Joyce Meyer

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The Confessions of Joyce Meyer So in order to finish this long awaited book, I have immersed myself in the study of Joyce Meyer, I like to call it the Method Acting version of history--reading her words, watching her on t.v., trying to imagine myself as her devotee or, as Meyer herself to see what it is about her that people, particularly evangelical/Pentecostal women find so enticing about her ministry? Meyer, if you don’t know, has quite a testimony. As a young girl, she was subjected … [Read more...]

Nothing New Under The (Pew) Sun

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A Few (Not So New) Things About the Pew Study: (and its a good study btw, its just not particularly new to us) here it is for your perusal: http://www.pewforum.org/2014/05/07/the-shifting-religious-identity-of-latinos-in-the-united-states/   1. Latinos/as have been raised in and/or converting to various branches of Protestantism for over a hundred years, and that includes Pentecostalism. 2.  One cannot examine the conversion efforts of Protestants towards Latinos/as without … [Read more...]

Happy No. 5 Patheos

In the midst of grading, writing & prepping for more summer teaching, a quick saludos to the folks at Patheos, whom I have had the pleasure of helping out since they first started! #Patheos5yo I remember writing much of the material that forms the basis of their "Pentecostalism" section & now as a (semi) regular blogger on their Progressive Christian channel, I don't know of another forum that captures the essence of (irr)religious/spiritual life like Patheos. Truly a pleasure to … [Read more...]

Sanctifying Music, Sex & Death: Remembering Marvin Gaye

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April 2 1984, if I remember correctly, was a cool, crisp Spring morning. waiting for school to begin, students regularly waited in the quad area and just outside the athletic fields on benches waiting for the bell to ring for school to start. This morning was different though, the night before, Marvin Gaye was killed by his father in Los Angeles, the news made its way through school, and a pall was cast over James A. Garfield Sr. High School in East LA.  Marvin, you see, was one of our musical … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Snake-Handling, Vaccines & Science Denial

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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...]


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