Issue 58 The Rise of Pentecostalism

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The Rise of Pentecostalism: Did You Know?

Little-known or remarkable facts about early Pentecostalism.

the Editors

From the Editor — One Dangerous Religion

Pentecostals reached out to the poor, reintroduced many spiritual gifts to the church, and reinvigorated the faith of entire continents.

Mark Galli

American Pentecost

The story behind the Azusa Street revival, the most phenomenal event of twentieth-century Christianity.

Ted Olsen

Sanctification Scuffles

The finished work controversy was Pentecostalism’s first split.

James R. Goff

They Had a Dream

Racial harmony broke down, but the hope did not.

David D. Daniels

Dividing Over Oneness

The Oneness movement pushed Pentecostals to organize.

Kenneth Gill


Early Pentecostals asked, Why go to war when Jesus is on his way?

James R. Goff

The Silent Pentecostals

Until recently, Latinos have been the most overlooked members of the Pentecostal family.

Gaston Espinosa

They Shall Take Up Serpents

Few have taken the Bible more literally than George Hensley and the snake handlers.

Ted Olsen

Christian History Timeline: The Rise of Pentecostalism

Chronology of the rise of Pentecostalism.

Vinson Synan

Hell-Hatched Free Lovism'

Evangelicals were none too eager to welcome the Pentecostals.

Grant Wacker


Aimee Semple McPherson was the first Pentecostal to become a national sensation.

Edith L. Blumhofer

The Great ‘I am’ or ‘I was’?

An excerpt from a sermon.

Aimee Semple McPherson

The Rise of Pentecostalism: A Gallery — Setting the Vision

Pentecostalism’s early leaders were as varied as they were dynamic.

the Editors

Loose the Women

In Pentecostalism’s early years it was not unusual to see women preaching, pastoring, and leading.

David G. Roebuck

The Pentecostal Tradition

A sampling of ecstatic experiences reported in different eras of church history.

Stanley M. Burgess

Interview — Pentecostalism’s Global Language

It’s not tongues but a different way of being a Christian.

Walter J. Hollenweger

The Rise of Pentecostalism: Recommended Resources

More resources on Pentecostalism.

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