Re-Thinking Sister Aimee Pt 2

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A drive past Angelus Temple today is testament to the contemporary Foursquare denomination’s ties to its founder. Though the denomination is a worldwide presence, its beginnings in Los Angeles are still celebrated as part of the legacy of Aimee Semple McPherson, affectionately known as “Sister Aimee.” For the Foursquare denomination, McPherson’s innovations as a Pentecostal pioneer are the obvious: the first woman to lead a Pentecostal denomination, one of the first to own a radio station in the … [Read more...]

Re-Thinking Sister Aimee McPherson

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   International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Founder, Aimee Semple McPherson  died on September 27, 1944 these next few posts commemorate the 70th anniversary of her death and the controversy surrounding that death.I normally knew better than to debate the controversies surrounding Aimee Semple McPherson with certain Pentecostal students of mine. Feeling out this particular student, I judged correctly that he would not be interested in all the fascinating historical tidbits and t … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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...]

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! #Patheos5yoI 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...]

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...]


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