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When King Jesus Reigns: "They will pick up snakes"

This second Sunday of Advent, one of the readings was Isaiah 11.1-10 (and the one from which I preached): 11 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;     from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—     the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,     the… Continue reading When King Jesus Reigns: "They will pick up snakes"

History · Pentecostal · snake handling

A Brief Snake Handling Journey

I visited Tennessee this week to meet with my PhD supervisor (who is based in Cleveland even though my school is Bangor University, Wales). I had decided this visit that since I was “in the neighborhood” of the origins of the “serpent handler” churches, I’d like to visit the original site: Dolly Pond Church of… Continue reading A Brief Snake Handling Journey