May 19, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN 1926: THE SCANDALOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF PREACHER AIMEE SEMPLE MCPHERSON

Aimee Semple McPherson
Aimee Semple McPherson
The Gospel Coalition
May 18, 2017

Aimee Semple McPherson (1890–1944) was a flamboyant, controversial, immensely popular preacher who the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel—a Pentecostal denomination which still exists today (with 1,600 churches and a quarter of a million members and adherents in the U.S.; and 75,000 churches with 8.7 million members and adherents in 136 countries).

Ten years ago, Matthew Avery Sutton, the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor and Graduate Studies Director at Washington State University, produced a fascinating study entitled Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America (Harvard University Press, 2007). More than a standard biography—like Edith Blumhofer’s Aimee Semple McPherson: Everybody’s Sister or Daniel Mark Epstein’s Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson—Sutton’s work not only tells the story of Sister Aimee but also explores her theology, culture, influence, and legacy. It is a fascinating work that I highly recommend. The PBS documentary series American Experience based their Sister Aimee on Sutton’s book.

He kindly answered a few questions about this enigmatic figure of fundamentalist-evangelical-Pentecostal history.

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