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Ethnic Traditionalism vs. Civic Involvement in North American Eastern Orthodoxy

In contemporary America the Orthodox face two temptations. One is to capitulate to the relativistic U.S. culture so the church becomes just another social club. The other is to forget... read more >

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Strangers to Mainstream Christianity: Does the Orthodox Church Fit In?

Eastern Christianity in the U.S. is represented by more than 20 various churches belonging to two major ecclesiastical families. Traditionally, local Eastern Christian churches have identified themselves as ethnic congregations,... read more >

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Articles on Pentecostalism

Here is a collection of articles examining the Pentecostal movement from a sociological perspective, including nine from sociologist and practicing Pentecostal Margaret M. Poloma. Also included are links to online... read more >

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Integrating Work and Faith

For an engaging perspective on integrating faith and work, and trusting God to be God, read this essay. The author, sociologist Margaret M. Poloma, combines the allegory of John Bunyan’s... read more >

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The Toronto Blessing: How a Homegrown Movement Made It To The International Spotlight

In an entry prepared for the “Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements,” sociologist Margaret M. Poloma explains how the term “Toronto Blessing” was coined, briefly traces the theological legacy of... read more >

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Test of Pentecostal Evidence

The Toronto Blessing movement of renewal within the larger Pentecostal/charismatic element of Christianity has lead individuals to a greater sense of personal empowerment and commitment to help others. It has... read more >

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Structure (Word) and Spontaneity (Spirit) in Pentecostalism

Noting that Harvest Rock Church founded Harvest International Ministries and the School of Ministry to establish an institutional base from which to disseminate its Pentecostal-Charismatic message to the world, sociologist... read more >

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Mysticism and Identity Formation in Pentecostalism

Using data from the Pentecostal Toronto, which occurred during the mid-1990s, this article analyzes the role that religious experience plays in the formation of selfhood. Particularly, it addresses how the... read more >

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The Impact of Pentecostalism on the Institutional Church

The so-called “Toronto Blessing” is a movement of the Holy Spirit within the Pentecostal movement that began in Toronto in 1994. Within Pentecostal circles, the Toronto Blessing represents the latest... read more >

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The Pentecostal Movement

Pentecostals expect Christ to establish the 1,000-year reign described in Revelation 20:1-7. They believe Christians will be removed from the earth before the period of tribulation that will precede Christ’s... read more >

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