Morning Rundown: Holy Rollers to Global Fire: 100 years of Pentecostal & Charismatic booms in America

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Holy Rollers to Global Fire: 100 years of Pentecostal & Charismatic booms in America

Over the past century, the United States has witnessed a remarkable spiritual awakening through the rise of Pentecostalism and the charismatic movement.

These religious revivals have played a significant role in shaping American Christianity, with millions of believers experiencing a profound transformation in their faith. Let’s delve into the history of these movements and their impact on American religious landscape over the last 100 years.

The Birth of Pentecostalism

The roots of Pentecostalism can be traced back to the early 20th century when a series of revivals took place in various parts of the United States. In 1906, a momentous event occurred at the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles, led by William J. Seymour. This revival, known as the Azusa Street Revival, is considered one of the most significant catalysts for the spread of Pentecostalism.

Trailblazing Christian Broadcaster Stuart Epperson Sr. Dies at 86

Stuart Epperson Sr., who spent decades involved in the National Religious Broadcasters organization and played a key role in the formation of NRBTV, died Monday, July 17, in his sleep at the age of 86.

A broadcasting pioneer, Epperson spent lengthy tenures on the NRB Executive Committee and its Board of Directors and served in membership in the President’s Council. He was inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame in 2009.

The NRB website said of Epperson’s standing in the Hall of Fame: “The NRB Hall of Fame stands as a witness for today’s Christian communicators—a showcase of warriors for Christ who live exemplary lives of valor and compassion, blazing trails and leaving paths for succeeding generations to follow. The Hall of Fame award is NRB’s most prestigious award and is presented to an individual NRB member for invaluable contribution to the field of Christian communications, exhibition of the highest standards, and evidence of faithfulness in Christ.”

Unleashing the ‘Wild Ones’: Digital Jehu’s Shake Up Christian Media

As 2023 continues on, apostle Alexander Pagani envisions a significant shift in the Christian ministry landscape, with God raising up the “Jehu’s” – bold and unashamed followers of Jesus sanctioned to confront oppressive systems. In an interview with Charisma News, Pagani emphasizes the importance of digital media as a platform for these reformers to voice their message to the current generation.

Revolutionaries vs. Reformers:

Pagani draws a clear distinction between revolutionaries and reformers within the church. Revolutionaries seek to tear down existing structures completely, while reformers focus on upgrading and improving systems to bring about freedom. The Jehu’s embody the reformer spirit, avoiding insurrections against ecclesiastical church authority and instead collaborating with existing systems to usher in breakthroughs. {eoa}

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