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Beverly Newstrand Hicks
Beverly Hicks has written a "love letter" to her childhood heritage and lifelong affection for the Midway Tabernacle/Apostolic Bible Church community.
Her story focuses on the arrival of Pentecostalism in St. Paul and Minneapolis, the early years of struggle and internal strife that plagued the fledgling community, the "long parade" of ministers occupying the congregation's pulpit, and the final triumph of stability, growth, and expansion of the congregation under the leadership of S. G. and Jessie Norris.
Midway Tabernacle/Apostolic Bible Church – beyond its enduring ministry in St. Paul and Minneapolis – has always been a ʺhaven of orthodoxyʺ for the Oneness Pentecostal movement and one of the greatest proponents of the ʺG. T. Haywood‐W.T. Witherspoon‐S. G. Norrisʺ school of Oneness doctrine. Through its associated Bible college, the Apostolic Bible Institute, this congregation led the way for ministerial training in Oneness organizations. ABI students have literally taken the Oneness Pentecostal message around the world and many of its graduates have served as high‐ranking officials in various Oneness organizations.
Dan T. Muse and Harold Paul
The diary of Bishop Dan T. Muse, a Pentecostal Holiness minister and Oklahoma District Overseer for the Pentecostal Holiness Church, chronicling his early ministry August 27 1919-May 11, 1919 These are the notes from his diary compiled by ORU professor and historian, Harold Paul. This pamphlet was published by the Holy Spirit Research Center in 1996. 16 pp.
Arturo A. Skinner, pastor of Deliverance Evangelistic Center, Inc. in Newark, New Jersey, discusses the work of the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts.
The book was digitized with permission granted to the Holy Spirit Research Center by the Skinner family. No other reproductions or publications of this book are permitted.
Morris Kullman was a converted Jewish man who became a Pentecostal believer at at the Mission of Redeeming Love in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1914. The book gives insight into the Jewish nature of Gospel topics such as Sabbath, Passover, and the crucifixion of Jesus. 24 pages.
The book is part of the Holy Spirit Research Center collection.
William E. Booth-Clibborn
This booklet, The Call to the Dust & Ashes, contains reflections and statements from the First Southern Bible Conference of the Pentecostal Assemblies of The World, held in Little Rock, Arkansas November 3-10th, 1922. The Conference was put on by some of the white PAW ministers in the South, including William Booth-Clibborn, C. C. O Opperman and other ministers from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. But the meeting was controversial because black PAW ministers because they could not attend due to segregation in the South. Nevertheless, this booklet is an important artifact of Oneness Pentecostalism.
A book about the life of Clarence Heckendorn, a boy who was saved a singer for the Pentecostal evangelist. Charles Parham. He joined Parham's evangelist band at age 15 and preached in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado. The book tells his story and includes teachings on salvation, sanctification, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and prophecy. Contains photos of Heckendorn, Percy Campbell.
The year is c. 1921.
Azusa Street Mission: Fourteenth Anniversary of the Out-pouring of the Holy Spirit In Los Angeles California
William J. Seymour
This is a program from the Fourteenth Anniversary of the Azusa Street Outpouring in 1920 put together by William J. Seymour. It was one of the last events at Azusa. Seymour died in the summer of 1922 from a heart attack.
This program contains an outline of Seymour's teaching on the soon coming of Christ and a number of songs that were sung during the meeting.
"Were You There?", "He's Coming Soon", "I Remember Calvary", "Christ Returneth", "The Hallelujah Song", "The Comforter Has Come", "Christ Receiveth Sinful Men", "He Lifted Me", "I Want To Be Ready", "Lord I Want To Be A Christian", "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart"
D. E. Reed and Arthur Jordan
The story of a boy from Liberia who came to America and his dependence upon the Holy Spirit.
1908 edition originally published by several different religious publishing companies, including Christian Alliance (in Harrisburg, Pa.) and the Golden Rule (in Albion, Mich.). OCLC records have authors as Stephen Merritt; T.C. Reade.
John Alexander Dowie
This work consists of two addresses delivered by the Rev. John Alexander Dowie, and Mrs. Dowie, by the invitation of the Congregational Club, at their meeting held in the parlors of the Y.M.C.A, San Francisco, on Monday December 17, 1888.
Touted as the "first religious newspaper" in North America, the Herald of Gospel Liberty was published by Elias Smith on September 1, 1808 in Massachusetts for the purpose of promoting the restoration of primitive Christianity to the church and for promoting religious liberty from government and ecclesiastical control. Smith was among a growing number of New England clergy who were promoting a return to primitive Christianity as a result of the Second Great Awakening in America. This first issue is one of the items held in Holy Spirit Research Center and is now available online. While this scan is not the original 1808 version, it is a facsimile copy that was reprinted as a supplement to the March 4, 1897 issue of the paper and is the only digital copy of this first edition on the web.
Because of his restorationist interests, Smith became acquainted with Barton W. Stone, the leader of the Cane Ridge Revival in Kentucky and for a time joined in the Stone-Campbell Movement. Smith included in this issue a report on the revival. He says "Within seven years past, there has been the greatest-outpouring of the Spirit of God, in Kentucky, Tennessee, and the adjacent parts, ever know since the settlement of North America." Stone's Cane Ridge Revival was one of the earliest known Pentecostal-like revivals because of its dramatic manifestations such as falling, jerking, dancing, and laughing in the Spirit. Smith’s promotion of the revival not only makes this paper the earliest periodical devoted to promotion of religion; it is the first periodical given to the promotion of the work of the Holy Spirit and primitive Christianity.
A second significant aspect is a signed article by Barton W. Stone and the Springfield Presbyterians who renounced their affiliation with the denomination in order to embrace the New Testament model of freedom from "rules made by men" and denominational bodies. They declared, "We will, that candidates for the Gospel ministry henceforth study the holy scriptures with fervent prayer, and obtain license from God to preach the simple Gospel, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven." The paper's emphasis on the promotion of primitive Christianity, revivalism, ecclesiastical independence, and the Holy Spirit expressed through periodical literature became important values that were emulated by the Holiness and Pentecostal movements that followed.
You can read this issue of the Herald of Gospel Liberty here.
You can read more on the history of the Herald of Gospel Liberty here.
Some later full issues have been digitized and are available here.
 A List of American Newspaper Reprints (New York: New York Public Library, 1931), 13.
 James R. Rogers, The Cane Ridge Meeting-house (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 1910) , 159. See also Vinson Synan, The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1971), 22-25.