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Pentecostals

I grew up within classical Pentecostalism, a Christian tradition that by and large rejected the Word-Faith prosperity gospel when it emerged in the 1970s and 1980s. Yet, within a decade, most cities had at least one Word-Faith church dedicated to the gospel of health and wealth through positive thinking and speaking. Most looked to Kenneth […] Read More

Florida mega-church pastor and sometime religious television personality Paula White is emerging in news media coverage as a leading spokesperson for “American evangelicals.” Her church in suburban Orlando attracts about 20,000 attendees, and thousands more watch her on television and read her writings. Her version of evangelical Christianity is what is popularly known as the […] Read More

Evangelicals and Pentecostals were missing from the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change prior to the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit. One or two “evangelical” signatories on the statement calling for divestment from fossil fuel stocks does not an evangelical initiative make. The interfaith event was mostly liberal Protestants, Hindus, some Muslims and a variety of […] Read More

Jay Beaman, a sociologist at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, likes to do historical experiments. After extensive research, he sends emails to members of Ancestry.com, telling them that he has found a relative of theirs who claimed religious objection on their World War I draft card. These relatives were members of holiness and Pentecostal […] Read More

In recent years, London has been blessed with many new Baptist churches, which have brought fresh energy, cultural diversity and bore much fruit. Many have members who have come from a Pentecostal or charismatic background and have a different attitude toward the congregational type of church governance long considered essential to the Baptist DNA. Last […] Read More

The prosperity gospel has influenced a large number of Christians across a broad section of the Christian faith, according to Deji Ayegboyin, president and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. “It is obvious that prosperity teaching is a phenomenon that cuts across denominational barriers. Prosperity teaching can be found in varying degrees in […] Read More

Baptists, historically, are preoccupied more with Christology – doctrines concerning the nature and person of Christ – than with pneumatology – doctrines concerning the Holy Spirit. “Baptists have emphasized the preeminence of the person and work of Christ, and … have largely undervalued or overlooked the Third Person,” according to William Brackney, professor of Christian […] Read More

(RNS) Bishop Chandler David Owens, a former presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ known as an orator and international leader, died Sunday (March 6) at the age of 79. Owens served as leader of the nation’s largest black Pentecostal denomination from 1995 to 2000 and was a member of its general board […] Read More

ST. LOUIS (RNS) When is a church convention more than just another church convention? When 40,000 saints from the Church of God in Christ come marching in and relocate the year’s largest convention from one cash-strapped city to another. For the first time in more than a century, the Church of God in Christ—the nation’s […] Read More

(RNS) Sarah Palin once pursued politics out of a religious sense of calling, and considered her choice as vice presidential candidate by 2008 GOP nominee John McCain part of “God’s plan.” But now, as the midterm elections loom and Palin positions herself as the heroine of the Tea Party, Palin has become less vocal about […] Read More