An Examination and Evaluation of the Brownsville Revival

Jeffrey M. Spencer (This originally appeared in the Spring 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) beginning on page 8 INTRODUCTION The “Brownsville Revival” began at the Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida on Father’s Day (June 18, 1995) under the direction of Pastor John Kilpatrick and visiting Evangelist St eve Hill. From the very start, this movement has been overflowing with bizarre manifestations and uncontrollable behavior such as laughing, shaking, barking, roaring, and temporary … Continue reading

Perfect Harmony

In a couple of weeks I will be on my way to cover the Parliament of the Worlds Religions. As I made my preparations for the trip this past weekend, a song from 1972 came to mind. Coca-Cola co-opted the ditty for their “It’s the real thing” ad campaign, but the original song was, like many of that era, a call for peace on earth. I’d like to teach the world to sing In perfect … Continue reading

Another Jesus

Over the years we have observed a wide variety of groups who outright reject the Jesus of Scripture but somehow feel the need to attach His name to their group or cause in order to give them an air of legitimacy. It happens with world religions, cults, social causes and politics. Some years ago we took a group on a tour through a Hindu temple. One of our group, not familiar with Hinduism, thought he … Continue reading

The Fad Driven Christian Life

From purpose driven lives to unscheduled visits to heaven, Christians and churches too often seem to be racing from fad to fad. Someone sent me a link to the above video last week with the question, “Is it really this bad?” My response? It may be worse. These days, with propaganda on the newest “Christian” fads readily available on “Christian television” and the internet, faithful pastors and church leaders who want to keep their flocks … Continue reading

Hypocrisy, A Field Guide (Part 2)

Last week I went on the record that Kim Davis should have resigned rather than go to jail. Lots of Christians disagree with me. Mike Huckabee disagrees with me. Some have even compared her stand with Martin Luther King’s decision to go to jail during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Other people however have seized on Davis’ marital situation that reads a lot like the woman at the well in John 4. Davis has been married … Continue reading