Tag Archives: Holiness

Maintaining a Clean House

Jesus said, “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more […]

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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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From Paul to Pulpit: Men’s Hair and the Apostolic Tradition

In his first epistle to the Corinthians, Paul develops a lengthy argument concerning order and submission, connecting Creation’s hierarchy to the male and female relationship and extending the premise to appropriate hair length as a sign of natural and God-given position: “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is […]

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Cotton Mather: An Early American’s Call To Holiness

Cotton Mather (1663-1728) is probably best remembered for his publications of The Wonders of the Invisible World (1692), published as a defense of the Salem witch trials, which led to the execution of nineteen men and women accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. But, this important Boston minister, from a renowned Puritan family, was […]

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Reformers & Rebels: Women, Pants, and Power in Nineteenth Century America

In the mid-1800s, groups of women began organizing to fight against a diversity of social ills and injustices. From abolition to temperance to suffrage, many women became activists for reform and equality, and some groups became extremely radical in their effort to effect social change. Amongst those who supported the women’s vote, were a core […]

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