Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he instructed his disciples to ‘Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high’ (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4 KJV). Drawing from these words, the practice of having "tarrying" services became a uniquely Pentecost ritual whereby believers actively lingered in Pentecostal services for the … Continue reading Pentecost: How Long Does it Take?
Tulsa is a city with a rich history of Oneness Pentecostalism. Following the split between Trinitarian and Oneness believers in the Assemblies of God in 1916, it is unclear if any Oneness congregations were maintained from the number of early Pentecostal believers in Tulsa. The first known church was started In 1922, when a Oneness … Continue reading Metro Pentecostal Church Celebrates 100 Years
While researching the history of Pentecostalism in Tulsa, I discovered many stories of women who shaped Pentecostalism in Oklahoma. Perhaps none was more important than Mildred Wicks, an important Pentecostal Holiness Revivalist who was recognized in the 1950s as the one of the greatest preachers and healing evangelists of the Healing Revival. Mildred Wicks was … Continue reading Mildred Wicks: The Greatest Female Preacher of the Healing Revival
Voices of Renewal is a podcast from Regent University looking at the activity of the Holy Spirit of renewing the church throughout history. A few weeks back I joined Dr. Corne Bekker for a conversation about Oral Roberts and his role in renewal theology in the church. You can listen by clicking the image below … Continue reading A Conversation About Oral Roberts: Voices of Renewal Podcast
Jonathan Ellsworth Perkins was an early Assemblies of God pastor who served from 1924-1926 at the "5th and Peoria" Assembly of God in Tulsa. Perkins was an important early leader who wrote The Brooding Presence, one of the first AG books on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Perkins also served with Stanley Frodsham as Associate Editor … Continue reading God Broke Me on The Wheel of My Prejudice: Jonathan E. Perkins
A Pentecostal reflection on Thomas C. Oden's claim that the first Pentecost took place in the home of an African Jewish woman.
Back in April of this year, I was invited to present at the Tulsa City-County Library Unite Tulsa symposium commemorating the Centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. I was one of a dozen presentations on various themes that spark conversations about race and society. I presented on "Pentecost in Greenwood: The Black Pentecostal Churches … Continue reading Pentecost in Greenwood