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Birth of a Pentecostal church: 4-12-12

On a day when some folks are remembering FDR's death on this date in 1945 and Harry S. Truman moving up to the presidency, others in the Pentecostal movement are noting the formation of the Assemblies of God denomination at a conference that ended on this date in 1914.

Ag-shieldFor a history of that denomination, with a fuller explanation of that conference in Hot Springs, Ark., click here.

The Pentecostal movement in the U.S. is fascinating. People within the movement, which dates from the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in 1906, believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit described in Acts 2 and given at Pentecost still are available today.

For a brief but pretty good history of Pentecostalism, click here.

Pentecostalism, of course, has spread far beyond the U.S. Indeed, some scholars at one time predicted that by the end of the 21st Century South America would be a Pentecostal continent. Well, maybe, but I suspect it will be much more complicated religiously than that.

And just so you know, the largest black Pentecostal church in the U.S. is the Church of God in Christ.

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THE MORMON WORLD PREPARES

The now-inevitable nomination of a Mormon to be the Republican presidential candidate this year has other Mormons preparing for a backlash, Utah's major newspaper reports. I hope all Americans remember that there is no religious test for public office allowed in the U.S. Still, that won't prevent anti-Mormon bigotry from rearing its ugly head.

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P.S.: I'll be participating again this year in the annual AIDSWalk Kansas City on April 28 to raise funds for the AIDS Service Foundation. You can help in a click or three by going here. Many thanks.

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