Monday, April 27, 2015

Want to Know More about Why Pentecostals Do What They Do?

Pentecostals are famous for their enthusiastic and controversial preaching. Want to understand more about why and how they do what they do? Check out Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Preaching, edited by Lee Roy Martin. It's an edited volume featuring some leading Pentecostal theologians, biblical scholars, and historians. I've contributed a chapter on technology and Pentecostal preaching! 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gender and Pentecostalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early Twentieth Century

I've been terrible about posting t.v. reviews lately, but it's for a good reason - I've been busy revising my dissertation manuscript and now...

I am happy to announce that my first book as been published with Palgrave Macmillan!



provides an interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged answer to an enduring question for charismatic Christianities: how do women lead churches? By examining the ministries of two famous (and infamous) Pentecostal revivalists, Maria Woodworth-Etter and Aimee Semple McPherson, this study shows that a woman's success in the ministry was not simply about access to ordination. It was about establishing legitimacy as a woman and authority as a pastor – no small task in the early twentieth century. Woodworth-Etter and McPherson succeeded by drawing from popular feminine ideals and Pentecostal biblical models of womanhood to unite their two seemingly contradictory identities of woman and minister during the ritualized act of revivalist preaching. In the process, the women created biblical theologies that are alive and well in Pentecostal-charismatic circles today. Their negotiations of gender, race, class, and religious leadership continue to inspire generations of imitators, and their stories illuminate how female ministers were made in early twentieth-century America.

Praise for Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism:

"Payne's well-written and thoroughly-researched volume breaks new ground regarding North American Pentecostalism. Dissolving the binary of secular feminism and Christian traditionalism, Payne highlights gender issues as pertinent today as they were a century ago."
Michael J. McClymond, Professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University
& Senior Lecturer in Evangelical and Charismatic Studies at University of Birmingham

"This is a good book; a thought-provoking, informative, and interesting exploration of means and effects of female religious authority at the turn of the twentieth century. Payne is to be congratulated for bringing religious studies insight to the compelling story of McPherson and Woodworth-Etter. In doing so, she has added markedly to our understanding of innovators and contributed to the larger story of America's female ministry."
Kathleen Flake, Richard Lyman Bushman Professor of Mormon Studies at University of Virginia

"Payne provides a well-researched, highly readable, smartly written history of gender and authority as seen through the careers of Maria Woodworth-Etter and Aimee Semple McPherson. Her use of interdisciplinary techniques to study these women is masterful. Her writing style is clear, sophisticated, and enjoyable to read."
Scott Billingsley, Professor of History at University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Thanks also to Bob Cornwall for this generous review!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

6 Shows You Aren't Watching, but Should Be (unless you have a paper due for my class, in which case, get to work!)

Looking to procrastinate this semester (who isn't)? I'm a fan of many critically-acclaimed t.v. hits, but  I also like to find more obscure shows. Here are some I'll be watching this season before the grading season picks up....

Newbies (reviews to follow!): 
The Flash - It took awhile for me to warm up to Arrow, but last season made me a believer... mostly because of awesome fangirl proxy character Felicity Smoak. Something tells me this Arrow spin-off The Flash will be a lot of fun right from the beginning. It seems to have Smallville's cheeriness paired with a little bit of snark, and a charming leading man.
Network: CW
Premier Date: October 7

Gotham - I worry that a superhero show on any major network will be doomed for a couple of reasons. One being that niche-y shows like these don't tend to bring in big ratings. The other being that major networks aren't the most risky or creative story-tellers on the planet. But, my t.v. crush Donal Logue (of the criminally underrated Terriers) is in this show and that's reason enough to give it a try. Add to that the broody, noir tone and the fact that future Batman is in the mix, I am in.
Network: Fox
Premiere Date: September 22

iZombie - I am a huge fan of Rob Thomas (writer and television creator, not 90s rock star) and even though the zombie genre seems worn out (and how can you beat The Walking Dead?), I am looking forward to trying it. It looks like it has all of the best Rob Thomas elements: smart female lead, murder mystery, and plenty of sarcasm. Add to that a little horror twist and what's not to like?
Network: CW
Premiere Date: Not until 2015!!!

Returning Faves:
The 100 - On the surface, this is a silly CW show with improbably good-looking refugees from a post-nuclear apocalypse future, but underneath the models-turned-actors is a thoughtful and many times genuinely thrilling sci-fi drama. It's part Lord of the Flies, part Battlestar Galactica. I can't wait to see the leadership styles of Clarke and Bellamy clash in future episodes!

Supernatural - Even 10 seasons in, this show still has legs. It combines horror, humor, and warmth with fun meta-narratives, terrific chemistry between the leads, and classic rock. It also periodically asks the "big questions" about God, destiny/fate, choice, and family. I'm a true believer who's hoping for another decade!

Miss Marple - I enjoy pretty much any British import Masterpiece Mystery brings to us Yanks, but I have a special place in my heart for Agatha Christie's Miss Marple mysteries. I love her mild-mannered-yet-sharp-as-a-tack persona. Why can't other shows feature a brilliant female lead whose personal life is intact and is still interesting? Why do most shows insist on competent professional women who are disasters at home? Miss Marple needs to straighten those t.v. execs out.

Happy Procrastinating, Friends. Now let's get back to the grindstone, shall we?