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Holy JumpersEvangelicals and Radicals in Progressive Era America$
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William Kostlevy

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377842.001.0001

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“Forsaking All for Jesus”

“Forsaking All for Jesus”

F. M. Messenger and Burning Bush Communalism

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(p.107) 6 “Forsaking All for Jesus”
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Holy Jumpers
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William Kostlevy (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377842.003.0006

In 1905, the MCA acquired the Fountain Spring House, an old resort hotel in Waukesha Wisconsin. Rejecting private property the MCA insisted that all true Christians would give up their possessions. With F. M. Messenger, an experienced textile mill superintendent in charge, the MCA sought to duplicate the early Christian practice of having all things in common. Worship especially music was central in the creation of an authentic communal society. Louis Mitchel and W. T. Pettengill, at times working closely with famed African American gospel song composer Thoro Harris, played a key role in building community solidarity. Several noted revivals attracted new members including one in Crandon Wisconsin. Others broke with the MCA including Alma White a close associate since 1901.

Keywords:   Fountain Spring House, Store House Tithing, Charles G. Finney, communal society, F. M. Messenger, Louis F. Mitchel, W. T. Pettengill, Thoro Harris, F. M. Lehman, R. L. Erickson, Crandon (Wisconsin) Revival, Pillar of Fire, Alma White

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