The Demonic Factor in Mass Shootings: Exorcism as Gun Control

by William De Arteaga. The gun control debate Gun control is regularly debated in the United States, not the least when horrible mass shootings occur in schools, cinemas and other places. What is lacking in the dispute is a consideration of the spiritual dimensions of gun control. The silence from the pulpit on this issue is … Mer The Demonic Factor in Mass Shootings: Exorcism as Gun Control

New Book: Early Pentecostals on Nonviolence and Social Justice

Brian Pipkin’s and Jay Beaman’s new book documents some of the pacifist and social justice convictions of early Pentecostals, many of whom were called traitors, slackers, cranks, and weak-minded people for extending Jesus’ love beyond racial, ethnic, and national boundaries. They wrestled with citizenship and Jesus’ prohibitions on killing. They rejected nation-worship, war profiteering, wage slavery, patriotic … Mer New Book: Early Pentecostals on Nonviolence and Social Justice

Love Is Enough

by Paul Alexander This afternoon I made a sign that says, “Love is Enough.” Then I drove to a political rally, got out of the car, and sat under a tree across the street from the supporters of the politician. I didn’t say anything. I sat behind the sign so that only the sign showed.

Pentecostal and Holiness Statements on War and Peace

by David Swartz In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft, a prominent advocate of the war in Iraq, wrote a song called “Let the Eagle Soar.” It was a deeply patriotic song, which included the following lyrics: “Like she’s never soared before, from rocky coast to golden shore, let the … Mer Pentecostal and Holiness Statements on War and Peace