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Noised Abroad: Pentecostals Disturb the Peace

Exuberant worship has always been a hallmark of the Pentecostal experience.  On the Day of Pentecost, crowds gathered to observe believers caught up in an ecstasy of worship.  Their behaviour must have seemed rowdy and disruptive, since the outpouring was “noised abroad” and Peter offered the famous qualifier:  “For these are not drunken, as ye […]

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Into All the World: Azusa Missionary Efforts

Into All the World:  Azusa Missionary Efforts                 For the earliest Pentecostals, the outpouring of the Holy Ghost signaled God’s greatest restoration of apostolic power to the end-time Church.  Spirit-baptized believers responded with urgency to the call to carry the Full Gospel message to the uttermost parts of the earth.  While some well-intentioned messengers ultimately […]

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The Revelation of Robert Dodd Weeks

In 1952, C. Haskell Yadon, an early Oneness apologist, edited and reprinted a book under the title Jehovah-Jesus, Supreme-God: Son of God, Son of Man. The original book, published in 1876, was written by Robert Dodd Weeks and was similarly entitled, Jehovah-Jesus: the Oneness of God: the True Trinity. Though Weeks’ theology does not perfectly […]

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Sin-Killing Sanders: the Legacy of Bishop Oscar Haywood Sanders

When he died in October 1972, Bishop Oscar Haywood Sanders was in the midst of celebrating his Golden Jubilee at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in Muncie, Indiana, commemorating 50 years of service in the church that he built from scratch on truth and a burden for souls (“Christ Temple Church . . .”).  Like many […]

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British Holiness: Keswick and the “Higher Life”

In the early fall of 1874, over 1,000 attendees gathered in Oxford, England for the ten-day Union Meeting for the Promotion of Scriptural Holiness. The convention was the result of the evangelistic influence of American holiness preachers such as W.E. Boardman, Robert Pearsall Smith and his wife, Hannah Whitall Smith, who came to England in […]

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“ . . . Not with Broided Hair”

Modern Apostolic believers give great emphasis to St. Paul’s teachings to the Corinthians concerning head covering and appropriate hair length; but increasingly, less attention is devoted to other Pauline New Testament directives concerning the superfluous dressing of the hair: “ . . . not with broided hair” (I Tm. 2.9) and “Whose adorning let it […]

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Broiled Over Bobs: Society’s Reaction to the Shorn Woman of the 1920s

Broiled Over Bobs: Society’s Reaction to the Shorn Woman of the 1920s

  For cheeks scarlet and brow alabaster, 
She laid on cosmetics like plaster, And she hennaed her hair, And bobbed it off square, Till she looked like a frightful disaster. –An Artistic Pupil, Mary Meade Jones, 1923 After World War I, women increasingly began to bob off their hair. For centuries, wives and daughters had […]

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Revisiting the Upper Room

‘And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room . . . ‘ (Acts 1:13) The Day of Pentecost marks the birth of the apostolic Church of the New Testament. According to the Lukan narrative in the Acts of the Apostles, the Holy Ghost swept into the Upper Room where the […]

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“The Lady Evangelist”: Maria Woodworth-Etter and the Pentecostals

In 1912, Maria Woodworth-Etter burst on the Pentecostal scene, holding meetings at F.F. Bosworth’s influential church in Dallas, Texas1. From the beginnings of her ministry in Lisbon, Ohio in 1880, Woodworth-Etter had made a name as a flamboyant and zealous evangelist, preaching holiness and healing, and her emphasis on the name of Jesus and power […]

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Pandita Ramabai: Mother of India – Part Two of Two

Read Part One In 1898, Minnie Abrams, a Methodist Episcopal missionary, joined Pandita Ramabai’s expanded work in Khedgaon, Mukti Mission. Together, these women labored to offer daily religious teaching. A revival was arranged with Rev. W.W. Bruere. After three days of preaching, 67 were converted to Christianity; and at a subsequent baptismal service, 108 women and […]

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