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Deborah Joy Allan, M.A. (University of Aberdeen), is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History and Philosophy. She has served in pastoral care, social care, mental health care, and education for various schools and churches. The title of her thesis is, “How do Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians Respond Faithfully to Depression?” Learn more about her research on her blog: www.pentecostalsanddepression.wordpress.com.

Peter Marina: Getting the Holy Ghost

Peter Marina: Getting the Holy Ghost

Sociology and the Spirit: a review of Peter Marina’s Getting the Holy Ghost by Joy Allan. Peter Marina, Getting the Holy Ghost: Urban Ethnography in a Brooklyn Pentecostal Tongue-Speaking Church (Lexington Books, 2014), 322 pages, ISBN 9781498503563. A snapshot: A young man sits alone in an office, adaptable, patient, ready to listen. He is aware […]

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Mental Health Matters, reviewed by Joy Allan

Mental Health Matters, reviewed by Joy Allan

Butch and Pam Frey, “Mental Health Matters: It’s not too late for the Church to be an agent of healing for those facing mental illness” Vital (April 6, 2015). This is a good article. Reading it made me feel as though someone is finally saying in public what I have heard said in private far too […]

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