Why "prison Pentecostalism" is flourishing among criminals, gang members, and others on society's margins.
Whatever doctrine might be preached, when there is Christian worship within the walls of prisons — among the world's damned — an ancient theology of hell is being recovered, incarnated on earth. It is Christ's descent to the dead, his triumphant ekklesia conquering the gates of Hades. We don't recognize our lived theologies that quickly, though, because we don't use those words — the damned, the dead — when talking about the human beings we lock away in prisons or dispose of through legal violence. We say "criminals," "offenders," "convicts," "felons." continue reading >>