Aimee Semple Mcpherson: a Woman Before Her Time

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Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary Aimee Semple McPherson: A Woman Before Her Time A Paper submitted In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Course American Christianity CHHI 692 By Mary Christiansen December 16, 2011 TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION 1 EARLIER YEARS 1 THE NEXT STEP 3 ANSWERING THE CALL 4 PUTTING DOWN ROOTS 7 USING ALL MEANS 9 “PRIVATE” DRAMA 11 CONCLUSION 14 BIOGRAPHICAL OUTLINE 15 INTRODUCTION The life and ministry of Aimee Semple McPherson is one that has seen miracles, publicity, excitement, scandal, and tragedy. There is still much mystery surrounding McPherson’s alleged kidnapping, and even her death. Whether these events were staged or legitimate, McPherson knew how to use the media of her time to further her cause, even using the airwaves as a means for spreading the gospel, which was unheard of at that time. McPherson had personal struggles during the final years of her life, but these years of controversy are overshadowed by the years of immeasurable service she performed for the Lord. Through her creative use of the media, her commitment to preaching the Gospel, and her willingness to use her life experiences, both negative and positive, for the good of the cause, McPherson became a trailblazer for women in church leadership, and accomplished many great things for the cause of Christianity. EARLIER YEARS Aimee Kennedy was born on a Canadian farm in October of 1890 to a Methodist and a Salvation Army Devotee. In 1908, at the age of seventeen, Aimee attended a Pentecostal revival led by Robert James Semple, after which she experienced her conversion. After her conversion, to the dismay of her parents, Aimee began to desire to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. She sought her baptism earnestly, even skipping school at times, until

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