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Gladamere playing basketball with three young New Hope Church parishioners.

Gladamere playing basketball with three young New Hope Church parishioners. (View larger version)

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  • Pastor Roseboro has been preaching and teaching at New Hope for 22 years.

  • The Charismatic Movement is an international trend among historically traditional mainstream Christian churches to adopt the practices of Pentecostals including the use of endowments from the Holy Spirit.

  • Charismatic Christians believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit manifest in the form of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues, being slain in the spirit, prophecy, healing and other supernatural experiences.

  • The Charismatic Movement entered mainstream Christian religion beginning with the Protestants around 1960 when Dennis Bennett, rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, CA, recounted his Pentecostal experience with his congregation one Sunday.

  • Rev. Bennett wrote a book detailing his spiritual rebirth called Nine O'Clock in the Morning. The book sold over 500,000 copies and was printed in 16 languages.

  • Bapticostal is a movement within the Baptist Church that incorporates portions of the Charismatic Movement into the existing belief structure.

  • 5% of Southern Baptist Churches in the United States identify with the Bapticostal Movement.

  • In 1999, the Calvary Baptist Church in Marshfield, MO was expelled from its Baptist Association for the exhibition of speaking in tongues and members of the congregation being slain in the spirit.

  • Being slain in the spirit describes the condition of falling and/or collapsing involuntarily when encountering the Holy Spirit.

  • Many Christians believe being slain in spirit is neither described nor prescribed in the Bible and may be of Satanic origin.

  • Peter Adair's 1967 documentary Holy Ghost People details the service of a Pentecostal Community in Scrabble Creek, WV. The service included faith healing, speaking in tongues and snake handling. The film culminates with a scene of the church's preacher getting bit by a poisonous viper. The film is considered part of the public domain and is available for download at the Internet Archive.

  • The oral tradition of Black Evangelism has changed little since it began in camp meetings in the early 1800s, maintaining form, content and dialect.

  • Black sermons are constructed from the Hemistich system of repetition whereby the beats are felt instead of metered.

  • The Southern Baptist Convention is the second largest Christian body in the United States after the Catholic Church.

  • The State of North Carolina is home to the world's largest 10 Commandments display, written in letters 5' high up the side of a mountain at Fields of the Woods located in Murphy, NC.

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