Tag Archives: Pentecostalism

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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“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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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 failed in their missions due to poor planning, […]

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Holy Rollerism

  Holy Roller was an early assignation to Pentecostals, but the term is an Americanism that has existed since the mid-nineteenth century. In 1842, Holy Rollers were identified in the Southern Quarterly Review, published in New Orleans, as a “new species of religion,” and was loosely used for decades to refer to any Christian religions […]

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The Fracture of 1924

  In 1918, the General Assembly of Apostolic Assemblies (GAAA) and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World merged, unifying Oneness Pentecostals into a large, interracial body. After being ousted from the Assemblies of God in 1916, the “Jesus Only” faction soon organized into the GAAA under the leadership of Daniel C. O. Opperman. The organization […]

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Morjoe Gortner

  The story of Marjoe Gortner is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of Pentecostal showmanship interlaced with hypocrisy, greed, and evangelistic gimmicks.  In 1972, the one-time child evangelist took to the revival circuit to produce a self-titled exposé on the “big business” of religion, duping church after church, posing as a prodigal son and […]

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Cautionary Remarks From An Azusa Pioneer

In 1925, Frank Bartleman, a journalist and itinerant Holiness evangelist turned Pentecostal wrote How Pentecost Came to Los Angeles, recording his close recollections of the Azusa Street revival, which began in 1906.  Writing fifteen years after the initial outpouring that brought thousands into the fledgling movement, Bartleman offers poignant criticisms of Pentecostals, who by the […]

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Man with a Mission: Frank Bartleman at Eighth and Maple

by Matthew Shaw Frank Bartleman, who was so instrumental in the advent of Pentecost in Los Angeles, was an itinerant in spirit.  He was possessed of a mild but mercurial nature, which led him hither and yon working for the cause of the Kingdom.  Bro. Bartleman seemed always to be looking for the next deeper […]

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Frank Emerson Curts: Laborer for Christ

Famed Indiana author, Kurt Vonnegut, once wrote: “I don’t know what it is about Hoosiers. But wherever you go there is always a Hoosier doing something very important there.” This was certainly true of the late Superintendent of the Ohio District of the United Pentecostal Church, Bro. Frank Curts, who hailed from Indiana but spent […]

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