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This was exactly my first thought when I first saw the article and having Seattle draft a safety in the 1st round. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, over. Granted, one of them was converted to CB Tyson , but the point still stands. We know basically no thing about Hill and Thompson as pros.

Whether SS is even a need depends a lot on the Hawks evaluation of them. His two worst plays above were in his first two games this season granted, the Florida game was at the end of the year. I think James went from wildly overrated, to now possibly underrated as everyone pushes him down the board. And what if James has already reached his post-surgery ceiling? I was watching tape of Maurice Hurst looking for a potential interior pass rusher for the Hawks.

It was kind of meh. He was getting pushed back at the LOS. My eyes popped out of my head. TS just flat out penetrates. I think seattle would be silly to not consider either if they could draft either.

I think they are both easily gone by Not holding out hope as it would just piss me off. That usually sorts itself out by draft day. Settle really does remind me of Tez. He has that funny looking pear body shape but just gets into the backfield. I agree with you guys. They were getting pushed back time and time again.

I really think the front 7 is what will be addressed with their first pick. They also need to figure out if Reed and Naz Jones can stay healthy or not. They looked like a different team when those guys were playing,. I hope they box clever again on the DL. It was always a strength of theirs. Finding Clemons, bringing in Bennett and Avril on the cheap.

They were able to add interior guys without big investment. So cheap, stout, big, angry bad ass D-liners like McDaniel please and find some productive value on the edge. Get the magic going there again. Not even sure Derwin James is a 1st-rounder. Why would he be? What do you think about having Ifedi at left guard? What are the chances that Larry Fant is the Seahawk opening day right tackle?

Guessing here that in a perfect world George Fant gets a healthy year to study under Duane Brown. I really hope Ifedi takes a big step forward this year at RT. I would not count of Fant being ready week 1…. Idk what the market rate will be for him after missing the last 8? Put him next to Ifedi. I remember him getting some recognition on the blog back in He went higher than many projected. In defense of the Hawks paying Joel 8 mill last year, you have to pay more to get a player to sign a one year deal.

I think we all agree we would rather have him at 8 mill last year than at 6 mill a year for three years. Ifedi has some issues with pass pro. He struggled with speed rushers. In college, once he got his paws on a defender, he could usually win the battle. That being said, we could do worse. I would love to see some more talent added via the draft or FA. But he took major steps forward this year and he most needs to work on limiting the penalties and executing in the run game. I am also perfectly happy to see them compete opposite Brown.

He reminds me of Justin Evans from last year, big bodied safety who can deliver some highlight reel hits and solid against the run, but may struggle in pass coverage. Almost like a small framed linebacker.

Evans went towards the end of round 2 if I recall. Not saying James drops that far, I do believe he is more athletic. Interesting food for thought. Though Evans was a big hitter poor tackler IIRC, whereas James is better at tackling in general to go along with the big hits. An intriguing late addition by the Senior Bowl, the staff of whom was no doubt swayed by the early rave reviews of Ford at the Shrine Game.

The 5-foot, pound Ford posted Ford turns his lack of height into an advantage, gaining tremendous leverage on the inside to go with his powerful hands and quick feet. I would like to see Hill play. Hes a great box player. I guess the team probably know how he has progressed since he has been with the team a year now.

If Kam does retire and they dont resign McDougald that say right there that Hill could be the guy. I loved the Hill pick when they made it. I almost feel like they have to try and let Hill play next year. If we re-sign McDougald it means we will be spending more than any other NFL team on the safety position in Depending on how aggressive the front office is in pursuing McD might give us an idea on what they think of Hill.

I tend to agree with that, plus allowing him to walk gives us another shot at a higher comp pick. I want us to re-sign Sheldon Richardson though — and think he could be our next Michael Bennett.

I really worry about Tedric and wonder at his place given his lack of speed, hard to see him fitting into this defense unless they change the scheme to make it way easier on the FS. Hill should add some speed and better tackling than McDougold. Senior Bowl rosters released today: Invites from Shrine game as far as I can see: Hmmm…wonder how many players do this if given the choice because they maybe feel they have a better chance of standing out against the lesser competition at the Shrine game…?

Certainly the Senior Bowl gets you a lot more scout and media attention though. A few recent scratches and names who will NOT be on those rosters: Lets all hope theres a run on QBs in the first.

I love seeing teams trade up for guys like Paxton Lynch! I mean, there were some nice players, sure. This Tom Brady hand injury smells fishy. Almost a rope a dope type of deal. The Patriots are notorious for keeping a lid on injuries… and magically he is injured and it is in the press. The Jaguars HC is taking the right approach. Game plan and scheme as if he is not injured. The Jaguars team should be chirping less on social media….

Now there is the little detail of vs the Patriots that seems like something to check out, if you are into friendly wagering. The point spread seems a bit too much as well…. Every off season Tom Brady is sent into deep space at near light speed returning just in time for the regular season. That keeps him aging at about half the rate of us Earthlings.

His body double shows up for all of the workouts and pre season baloney. Rob, you are really great in evaluation the talent. I read a lot of mocks, and yours are like litmus paper. What we read here we can expect to read somewhere else after few weeks. Not Rob, but I would open door 2 in a heartbeat… but would try to ask for a swap of one of our R5 for a R3 to be included as well. I mean, we are only moving up 4 spots in exchange for a 28 year old, Pro Bowl level player.

Was just desparately trying to maneuver in some way that would allow us to pick early and not wait until R4 to pick again. Neither would I trade KJ to move up and get him. Why trade up for a guy that you hope develops in to the player you used to trade up for. KJ is a damn good player. Every year, after the draft we talk about how we should have known certain things would happen because of what they have done in the past. A good example is them passing on all of the good CBs last year with a history of always waiting on the position.

Well they have never traded up in the first and they always trade back. They also have no history that I can recall of trading away great players. You get a guy that adds more speed to your defense, 10 yrs younger than KJ, on his rookie deal for 4 years, and with a higher ceiling IMO than KJ. But for how much longer and at what cost? No we need to be willing to move on just like the Patriots do. This idea however leaves us with the same amount of holes as we currently have.

I would prefer to trade down and acquire picks. Of course you need to find a reasonable replacement. For me you make sure you secure the big 3 on defense Wagner, Thomas, Sherman and evaluate everyone else to see if you can get cheaper while not completely falling off at their position. No reason to part ways this year. He and Bobby will be the leaders in A lot of people are talking about him.

At pounds, he has an amazing catch radius and really good hands. He wants to be a wideout. Some people have even talked about making him a tackle. Another scout summarized my thoughts perfectly as well: Look at this effort vs a CB and tell me… https: I quite like what he brings and there is room for growth here.

I like — at this stage and pre draft and free agency — this line up: Brown — Odiahimbo — Britt — Pocic — Ifedi. LG or swing tackle is probably his position moving forward. Agree with your projected lineup, but think only LT and RT are set. Britt is probably a lock at C, but could see him moving back to OG. The guy is just nit going to be a cover guy. He needs some serious coaching and time. I have been asking for him to Cameron. From what I have read he is hard to read because he is a great player with 10 schmeds around him.

If we can get 11 guys on the defense playing as hard as Poona Ford, look out. Combine that with the character described above, and you could get a steal. His finishing of blocks in the run game despite his size really springs Freeman, who I thought actually flashed a shoulder in some of the tape from last year.

Such a hard to project player. Finishes at the second level. Not certain that it would translate to the next level. Saw him mocked to us on a random website. The best thing that could ever happen in my opinoon s a really great run for QBs in the top That would create a massive front seven that could relieve Wagner and Wright from the run game duties.

Inagine teams trying to gameplan their double teams on a team with Settle and Richardson? The nagging injuries were a bummer, but he certainly flashed at times. I think he had a better showing, but I believe Sheldon is still the better player. Naz has so much promise though — and I have rooted for him more than any other rookie since I started paying attention to him after the draft. Another way that we can look at these mock drafts is to not concentrate who the person had the Hawks picking at 18 but who is available at the end of the first round around 29 or so.

And who is gone from the first round completely. Most likely we will be picking around 29 or 33 anyways. Rob, one problem with what you said: Kam Chancellor is not retiring, his indications are that he will attempt to come back. If he does not retire, the team owes him a prohibitive amount of guaranteed money to cut him. With respect — he basically said he hoped to be in London a few times. We also have Pete Carroll saying quite explicitly he thinks Kam will find it very difficult to play again, plus multiple well sourced reports that retirement is likely.

He might make the Seahawks cut him first. There have been some good and bad on each side of the ball but overall and not surprisingly, the value signings and trades that have netted the best fits for Seattle have primarily occurred on the Defensive side. Signed S Lawyer Milloy. Signed DE Michael Bennett. Traded second round draft pick and undisclosed draft pick to San Diego for QB Charlie Whitehurst and second round draft pick.

Traded fifth round pick to the N. Jets for seventh round pick and RB Leon Washington. Signed K Blair Walsh. Signed OL Luke Joeckel. Agreed to terms with RB Eddie Lacy Traded third-round draft pick and second-round draft pick to Houston Texans in exchange for left tackle Duane Brown and fifth-round draft pick.

I have high confidence that finding value on the defensive side of the ball will continue. Pretty rock solid track record there. McPherson made personal crusades against anything that she felt threatened her Christian ideals, including the drinking of alcohol and teaching evolution in schools. McPherson became a strong supporter of William Jennings Bryan during the Scopes trial , in which John Scopes was tried for illegally teaching evolution at a Dayton, Tennessee , school.

Bryan and McPherson had worked together in the Angelus Temple and they believed Darwinism had undermined students' morality. According to The New Yorker , McPherson said, evolution "is the greatest triumph of Satanic intelligence in 5, years of devilish warfare, against the Hosts of Heaven. It is poisoning the minds of the children of the nation. While her mother Mildred Kennedy was a registered Democrat, no one was certain of McPherson's registration. She endorsed Herbert Hoover over Franklin D.

Roosevelt , but enthusiastically threw her support behind the latter and his social programs when he was elected into office. She saw in them the possible activities of Communism , which sought to infiltrate labor unions and other organizations. McPherson intensely disliked Communism and its derivatives as they sought to rule without God; their ultimate goal, she believed, was to remove Christianity from the earth.

McPherson's opinion of fascism fared no better; its totalitarian rule was wrongly justified by claiming to represent the power of God. McPherson did not align herself consistently with any broad conservative or liberal political agenda. Instead, she explained if Christianity occupied a central place in national life, and if the components of God, home, school and government were kept together, everything else would fall into place.

It is not accurate to draw a parallel between today's extreme fundamentalist, right-wing Christianity and the style or focus of Sister McPherson. She related that when Christ returns, the Jews would receive him, their suffering will end, "and they will establish at Jerusalem a kingdom more wonderful than the world has known.

The reported kidnapping of Aimee Semple McPherson caused a frenzy in national media and changed her life and the course of her career. After disappearing in May, , she reappeared in Mexico five weeks later, stating she had been held for ransom in a desert shack there. The subsequent grand-jury inquiries over her reported kidnapping and escape precipitated continued public interest in her future misfortunes.

Soon after arriving, McPherson was nowhere to be found. It was thought she had drowned. Searchers combed the beach and nearby area, but could not locate her body. The Angelus Temple received letters and calls claiming knowledge of McPherson, including demands for ransom. McPherson sightings occurred around the country, often in widely divergent locations many miles apart on the same day. As a precaution, the ransom notes were sent to the police who investigated at least one of them.

Mildred Kennedy, though, regarded the messages as hoaxes, believing her daughter dead. As the Angelus Temple prepared for a memorial service commemorating McPherson's death, Kennedy received a phone call from Douglas, Arizona. Her daughter was alive. The distraught McPherson was resting in a Douglas hospital and related her story to officials. On the beach, May 19, , McPherson said she had been approached by a young couple who wanted prayer for their sick child.

McPherson went with them to their car and was suddenly shoved inside. A cloth, presumably laced with chloroform , was held against her face, causing her to pass out. Eventually, she was moved to an adobe shack far in the desert. Two kidnappers, Steve and Rose, [] were her constant companions, with a third unnamed man, occasionally visiting.

When at last, all her captors were away on errands, she escaped out a window. She was assisted by the residents and finally taken to adjacent Douglas. Many Los Angeles area churches were also annoyed. The story received nationwide coverage. Then, speculations, together with alleged witnesses, began to emerge that her disappearance might have been caused by other than the kidnapping event McPherson described. Against the wishes of her mother, who thought the press would continue to unfavorably exploit the story, McPherson decided for vindication and presented her complaint in court.

A grand jury inquiry convened to determine if enough evidence could be found to indict any kidnappers. However, pressured by various influential community groups, the court instead intensely investigated McPherson, her family, and acquaintances to determine if the kidnapping was fabricated. He was known for winning convictions, but six persons he sent to prison were found to be innocent and pardoned by the state governor.

The grand jury inquiries were first convened on July 8, , adjourned and reconvened, holding sessions through the summer of accompanied by intense media interest. The proceedings were supposed to be secret as per California law, though the Los Angeles court spoke about it to the newspapers. McPherson also eschewed secrecy and freely used her radio station to broadcast her side of the story. Evidence and testimonies were hotly debated by an evenly divided public.

On November 3, the case was determined to be moved to jury trial set for mid-January, Along with McPherson and her mother, several other defendants were charged in the inquiry.

If convicted, the counts added up to maximum prison time of 42 years. Various speculations were proffered by the news media and prosecution as to the reason for McPherson's disappearance. The one they settled on most strongly was she ran off with an ex-employee, Kenneth Ormiston.

She was accused of staying with him in a California resort town cottage until May The time frame of Ormiston's seaside cottage rental coincided with the first 10 days of her disappearance. However, a missing three-week period afterwards was not accounted for with any evidence in court by the prosecution. In response, the evangelist maintained all along, without changing anything in her story, that she was taken, held captive by the kidnappers, and escaped as she originally described.

As the prosecution tried to break down her story, defense witnesses corroborated her assertions [] [] [] [] or McPherson herself demonstrated how the disputed parts were plausible [] In contrast, the prosecution's case developed serious credibility issues.

Witnesses changed their testimonies [] and evidence often had suspicious origins [] or was mishandled while in custody [] [] Finally, on January 2, , Ormiston identified Elizabeth Tovey, a nurse from Seattle, Washington, as his female companion and the woman who stayed with him at the seaside cottage.

Regardless of the court's decision, months of unfavorable press reports fixed in much of the public's mind a certainty of McPherson's wrongdoing. The newspapers had a vested interest in keeping the controversy going, since it generated huge sales. Some supporters thought McPherson should have insisted on the jury trial to clear her name. The grand jury inquiry concluded that while enough evidence did not exist to try her, it did not indicate her story was true with its implication of kidnappers still at large.

McPherson moved on to other projects. In , she published a book about her version of the kidnapping: In the Service of the King: The Story of My Life. Various influential individuals offered their opinions on the inquiry. Shuler stated, "Perhaps the most serious thing about this whole situation is the seeming loyalty of thousands to this leader in the face of her evident and positively proven guilt.

Mencken , noted journalist, satirist, cultural critic, and scholar and an ideological opponent of McPherson, opposite each other in the Scopes "Monkey" trial , also commented. He wrote that since many of that town's residents acquired their ideas "of the true, the good and the beautiful" from the movies and newspapers, "Los Angeles will remember the testimony against her long after it forgets the testimony that cleared her.

Numerous allegations of illicit love affairs [] were often directed against McPherson. Suspected lovers generally denied involvement. During the kidnapping grand jury trial, reporters and investigators tried to link him amorously to McPherson. Alarmed by her rapidly changing style of dress and involvement with Hollywood and its "worldly" lifestyle, in , an Angelus Temple official [] hired detectives to shadow McPherson. Through her windows, the detectives frequently saw McPherson staying up until the early morning hours composing songs, drafting sacred operas, and scribbling diagrams of her illustrated sermons.

No confirmation of adulterous misconduct, [] with perhaps exception of her third marriage as a violation of Church tenets, was ever presented. McPherson herself, aware of numerous accusations leveled at her throughout her career, responded only to a small fraction of them, conveying the only thing she had time for was "preaching Jesus". Posthumously, unsubstantiated allegations of extramarital affairs continued to emerge, this time by those who stated to have been her partner, claims not mentioned by them or others while she was still alive.

Sinclair stated he worked on a story with McPherson and during one of those times in , the incident purportedly occurred. Sinclair alluded to a sexual dalliance with McPherson one afternoon along with some gin and ginger. Thirty years after her death, another claim by comedian Milton Berle , in a autobiography, alleges a brief affair with the evangelist. In his book, titled Milton Berle: Biographer Matthew Avery Sutton commented, "Berle, a notorious womanizer whose many tales of scandalous affairs were not always true, claimed to have had sex with McPherson on this and one other occasion", both during a year when McPherson was often ill and bedridden.

Sutton noted that Berle's story of a crucifix [] in McPherson's bedroom was not consistent with the coolness of Pentecostal-Catholic relations during that era. She was incapacitated with illness a full five months of that year, and there is no place on her schedule as reported in her publications and church and travel records for the benefit Berle alleged. Besides, Roberta also told Cox, "Mother never did a benefit in her life. She had her own charities". Following her heyday in the s, McPherson carried on with her ministry, but fell out of favor with the press.

They once dubbed her the "miracle worker" [] or "miracle woman", reporting extensively on her faith-healing demonstrations, but now were anxious to relay every disturbance in her household to the headlines.

Her developing difficulties with her mother, Mildred Kennedy, were starting to take the front page. Yet, McPherson emerged from the kidnapping nationally famous. Believing that talking pictures had the potential to transform Christianity, McPherson explored Hollywood culture and appeared in newsreels alongside other famous individuals such as Mary Pickford , Frances Perkins , and Franklin D. She lost weight, cut and dyed her hair, began to wear makeup and jewelry, and became stylish and well-attired, leading one critic to determine that McPherson "can out-dress the Hollywood stars".

The solicitation of fame, justified to draw audiences to her and hence to Christ, was more than some in her church organization could accept. They yearned for Sister Aimee "in the old time dress," referring to her previous "trademarked" uniform of a navy cape over a white servant's dress, both purchased inexpensively in bargain basements.

Unless parishioners arrived at a service early, frequently they could not get in; all seats were taken. Now that she could afford it, McPherson thought, as well, she wanted her apparel and display to be the best she could present to Jesus. In early , McPherson immediately set out on a "vindication tour", visiting various cities and taking advantage of the publicity her kidnapping story created to preach the Gospel. She even visited nightclubs, including a famous speakeasy in New York: While McPherson sipped water at her table, Guinan asked if she would speak a few words to the patrons.

Delighted, McPherson stood and addressed the jazzed and boozy crowd:. Behind all these beautiful clothes, behind these good times, in the midst of your lovely buildings and shops and pleasures, there is another life.

There is something on the other side. Take Him into your hearts. The unexpected speech that did not judge, and had a conciliatory tone between them and the Divine, earned a thoughtful moment of silence from the crowd, then an applause that went on for much longer than the speech took.

The revelers were invited to hear her preach at the Glad Tidings Tabernacle on 33rd Street. The visits to speakeasies and nightclubs added to McPherson's notoriety; newspapers reported heavily on them, rumors erroneously conveyed she was drinking, smoking and dancing; and her mother along with some other church members, did not understand McPherson's strategy of tearing down barriers between the secular and religious world, between the sinner and the saved.

In an attempt to curtail her daughter's influence and officially transfer more power to herself, Kennedy initiated a staff-member "vote of confidence" against McPherson, but lost. The two had heatedly argued over management policies and McPherson's changing personal dress and appearance. The choir could be replaced; [] however, Kennedy's financial and administrative skills had been of crucial importance in growing McPherson's ministry from tent revivals to satellite churches and maintaining its current activities in the Temple.

A series of less able management staff replaced Kennedy, and the Temple became involved in various questionable projects such as hotel building, cemetery plots, and land sales.

Accordingly, the Angelus Temple plummeted deep into debt. In response to the difficulties, Kennedy came back in late , but because of continued serious disagreements with McPherson, tendered her resignation on July 29, For 10 months, she was absent from the pulpit, diagnosed, in part, with acute acidosis. When she gained strength and returned, she introduced with renewed vigor her moving "Attar of Roses" sermon, based on the Song of Solomon, with its Rose of Sharon as the mystical Body of Christ.

While journalists attending her Sunday illustrated sermons assumed her language was fit only for slapstick or sentimental entertainment, scholars who have studied her work for Bible students and small prayer groups, found instead the complex discourse of neoplatonic interpretation.

For example, she had hundreds of pages written about the Old Testament book, the Song of Solomon, each "different from one another as snowflakes". The October 10—18, , revival in Boston started out sluggishly and many predicted its failure. A Los Angeles newspaper ran headlines of the flop and expected more of the same in the days to come. On opening night, McPherson spoke to fewer than 5, persons in the 22,seat sports arena, and safety pins and rubber bands abundantly cluttered the collection baskets.

The city had large populations of Unitarians, Episcopalians, and Catholics, venerable denominations traditionally hostile to a Pentecostal or fundamentalist message. Afterwards, from her hotel room, McPherson, known to be a sports fan, asked for the afternoon's World Series scores and a Boston Herald reporter sent her a copy of the Sunday edition. The next day, the "Bring Back the Bible to Boston" campaign's tone shifted as McPherson took greater control and attendance climbed sharply.

A reporter took note of McPherson's stage presence, different from any other evangelist who spoke there, gesturing with her white Bible for effect, as well as preaching. Answering him as to why she presented a dramatic sermon, she stated, "Our God is a dramatic God Elijah on the mountaintop A total of , people attended the meetings, breaking historic attendance records of any nine days of revival services in Boston. Her revival in New York City was not very fruitful, as her sensationalistic reputation preceded her.

The third marriage to David Hutton, rumored romances, and her kidnapping was what its press and citizens wanted to hear about. Therefore, after a brief pause in New York and Washington, D. A full crew of musicians, scene designers, and costumers accompanied McPherson. In this, her last national revival tour, between September and December 20, , two million persons heard sermons. Many more were reached by 45 radio stations. Aimee's religion is a religion of joy.

There is happiness in it. Her voice is easy to listen to. She does not appeal to the brain and try to hammer religion into the heads of her audience. Rather, she appeals to the hearts of her hearers.

She creates an atmosphere that is warming. She is persuasive, rather than forceful; gracious and kindly, rather than compelling. Fundamentally she takes the whole Bible literally, from cover to cover. Nevertheless, she was not a radical literalist.

In an informal meeting with some Harvard students, McPherson told them that Genesis allowed great latitude of interpretation, and that neither she nor the Bible insisted the world was created only 6, years ago. Thus compelled, McPherson decided to travel and look at the world with new eyes. At one point, it was earlier reported she wanted to study the women's movement in connection with the campaign for the independence of India, and was anxious to have "a chat with Mahatma Gandhi ".

Impressed with Gandhi and his ideas, McPherson thought he might secretly lean towards Christianity, his dedication possibly coming from catching "a glimpse of the cleansing, lifting, strengthening power of the Nazarene".

Other highlights included traversing barefoot, in Myanmar , the lengthy stone path to the Great Pagoda , a gold-covered ft tiered tower enshrining relics of four Buddhas , which caught and reflected the rays of the sun, a "vision of breath-taking glory. In the rain, at Verdun, France , she sat on a wrecked military vehicle in mournful contemplation of the hundreds of thousands who died on the still-uncleared battlefield. White, bleached bones of the fallen poked out of the earth, and nearby, laborers toiled carefully at their dangerous iron harvest , collecting old munitions for disposal.

In mid, a delegation who had been involved with the Azusa Street Mission Revivals , including Emma Cotton , asked if they could use the Angelus Temple for their 30th Anniversary Celebration.

The original mission building was demolished and its land unavailable. African American Evangelist Emma Cotton and McPherson therefore organized a series of meetings which also marked her enthusiastic reidentification with the Pentecostal movement.

McPherson's experiments of Hollywood celebrity ambitions coexisting with her ministry were not as successful as she hoped. Alliances with other church groups were failing or no longer in effect, and she searched for ways to start again. Therefore, she looked to her spiritual origins and allowed for the possibility of reintroducing even the more alarming aspects of the Pentecostal experience into her public meetings.

Temple officials were concerned the Azusa people might bring in some "wildfire and Holy Rollerism". McPherson indicated she would turn hand springs with them as needed to see the power of God manifest. The Azusa Street Revival commemoration events brought numbers of black leaders to her pulpit. The original attendees of the Azusa revivals filled the Angelus Temple along with every ethnic minority, "the saints who were once smelted together with the fires of Pentecost" were "being reunited, rewelded, and rejuvenated.

For the first time since the Temple opened, McPherson began to publicly deliver some of her messages in tongues. McPherson traversed the line between cold formality and wildfire and now decided "it was easier to cool down a hot fanatic than to resuscitate a corpse.

Mason , a founder of the Churches of God in Christ. Mason, an Azusa leader, was also one of the most significant African American religious figures in United States history and was frequently hosted at the Angelus Temple.

Also in , McPherson reassigned staff responsibilities in an effort to address the Temple's financial difficulties. This, together with other unresolved issues, accelerated simmering tensions among various staff members.

Rumors circulated that "Angel of Broadway", charismatic evangelist Rheba Crawford Splivalo, who had been working extensively with McPherson for several years, planned to take the Angelus Temple from her.

McPherson asked Splivalo to "leave town". The two lawsuits filed by Semple and Splivalo were not related, but McPherson did not see it that way. She saw both as part of the Temple takeover plot. McPherson's mother was also involved and sided with Semple, her granddaughter, making unflattering statements about McPherson to the press.

In these charged circumstances, McPherson's defense of herself and her lawyer in a public trial was dramatic and theatrical. She testified tearfully with swoons and faints about how her daughter conspired with others against her. Semple then moved to New York. Splivalo and the Temple settled their suit out of court for the "cause of religion and the good of the community.

With Kennedy, Semple, and Splivalo gone, the Temple lost much of its talented leadership. However, McPherson found a competent and firm administrator in Giles Knight, who was able to bring the Temple out of debt, dispose of the 40 or so lawsuits, and eliminate the more spurious projects.

He sequestered McPherson, allowed her to receive only a few personal visitors, and carefully regulated her activities outside the Temple. This period was one of unprecedented creativity for McPherson.

No longer distracted by waves of reporters, reams of lawsuits, and innumerable individuals demanding her attention, she became very accomplished in her illustrative sermon style of Gospel preaching.

The irreligious Charlie Chaplin would secretly attend her services, enjoying her sermons. She later met and consulted with Chaplin on ways to improve her presentations. McPherson, who earlier blared across newspaper headlines as many as three times a week, in one alleged scandal or another, had her public image much improved. Her adversary, Reverend Robert P. Shuler, who previously attacked her by radio, magazine, pulpit, and pamphlet, proclaimed "Aimee's missionary work was the envy of Methodists".

Her efforts at making interracial revival a reality at Angelus Temple continued. She welcomed blacks into the congregation and pulpit. While race riots burned Detroit in , McPherson publicly converted the notorious black former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson on the Temple stage and embraced him "as he raised his hand in worship".

Pacifism , which was a component of Pentecostalism, was evaluated by the Foursquare Gospel Church in the s with official statements and documents which were further revised by McPherson. A press quote attributed to McPherson, in reference to Mahatma Gandhi, appears to explore the concept, "I want to incorporate the ideals of India with my own In , she promoted disarmament, "If the nations of the world would stop building warships and equipping armies[,] we would be all but overwhelmed with prosperity.

Foursquare leaders, alarmed at rapid changes of technology, especially sea and air, which challenged the United States' isolation and security, decided to officially draw up an amendment inclusive of varied opinions in regards to military service. The idea that one could trust to bear arms in a righteous cause, as well as believing the killing of others, even in connection to military service, would endanger their souls; both views were acceptable.

McPherson kept a canny eye on the international events leading up to the Second World War, citing the probability of a much more terrible conflict than the one that passed 20 years earlier. In a sermon, she described a recently conquered country which had the Cross and other religious symbols in their schools removed; in their place was a portrait of a certain man. Instead of prayer, their school day began with a distinctive salute to this person.

The destructive apocalypse of John the Apostle , with its expected high civilian casualties, followed by the Second Coming of Christ, it seemed, was at hand. Even if submarines were hiding in the depths of the sea, they could not escape the terror that would befall them. All-night prayer meetings were held Friday nights at the Angelus Temple, starting in , the year when Germany was overrunning Belgium , the Netherlands , and France. She asked other Foursquare churches around the country to follow suit.

She sent President Franklin Roosevelt's secretary, Mr. Stephen Early , as well as some other leaders, an outline of her plans. Prayer, to her, was even more powerful than the implements of war. Various officials expressed their appreciation, including the governor of California.

Her mind was set on doing what ever it took to assist the United States in winning the war, "It is the Bible against Mein Kampf. It is the Cross against the Swastika. It is God against the antichrist of Japan This is no time for pacifism.

If necessary, it was announced, the building could be used for an air raid shelter. The distinctive white dome was painted over with black paint and its beautiful stained-glass windows were covered up.

The Temple, like other buildings in the city, had to have any opening or window that could emit visible light at night, covered. One evening in May , to advertise the need to conserve gasoline and rubber, McPherson herself drove a horse and buggy to the Angelus Temple. She asked parishioners and other listeners to donate two hours a day for such tasks as rolling bandages "so that a soldier's bandage could be changed And let us give our blood to help every one.

Newsweek published an article about McPherson, "The World's Greatest Living Minister", on July 19, , noting she had collected 2, pints of blood for the Red Cross; servicemen in her audience are especially honored, and the climax of her church services is when she reads the National Anthem.

McPherson gave visiting servicemen autographed Bibles. She observed they often had no religious affiliation and did not even own a Bible. What a privilege it was to invite the servicemen present in every Sunday night meeting to come to the platform, where I greeted them, gave each one a New Testament, and knelt in prayer with them for their spiritual needs, and God's guidance and protection on their lives. Later, when the altar call would be given, many of these same servicemen would make another trip to the platform publicly to receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior.

Treasury awarded her a special citation. The Army made McPherson an honorary colonel. Her wartime activities included sermons that linked the church and American patriotism. And more so than in almost any war previously, she felt that if they did not prevail, churches, homes, and everything precious and dear to the Christian would absolutely be destroyed. McPherson's embrace of the total war strategy of the United States left her open to some criticism.

The line between the church as an independent moral authority monitoring government became blurred, perceived instead, as complicit with that same governance. Wrongs being done to Japanese Americans through their internment in relocation camps were being overlooked, for example.

And she refused to allow her denomination to support Christians who remained committed pacifists. Even if conscientious objectors were willing to participate in noncombat roles, more was needed. Church members and leaders had to be willing to take up arms and fight for the United States. The pacifist clause which earlier existed was, by her proposal, voted upon and eliminated by Foursquare Gospel Church leaders.

When McPherson's son went to her hotel room at She was dead by It was later discovered she previously called her doctor that morning to complain about feeling ill from the medicine, but he was in surgery and could not be disturbed. She then phoned another doctor who referred her to yet another physician. However, McPherson apparently lost consciousness before the third could be contacted. The autopsy did not conclusively determine the cause of McPherson's death. Among the pills found in the hotel room was the barbiturate Seconal , a strong sedative which had not been prescribed for her.

It was unknown how she obtained them. The coroner said she most likely died of an accidental overdose compounded by kidney failure. The cause of death is officially listed as unknown. Forty-five thousand people waited in long lines, some until 2 am, to file past the evangelist, where, for three days, her body lay in state at the Angelus Temple.

Within a mile-and-a-half m radius of the church, police had to double park cars. A Foursquare leader noted that to watch the long line pass reverently by her casket, and see tears shed by all types of people, regardless of class and color, helped give understanding to the far-reaching influence of her life and ministry.

Roberta, who had married an orchestra director, flew in from New York. Ma Kennedy was at the grave, Rheba Crawford Splivalo had returned to say that there was never a greater worker for God than Sister.

A thousand ministers of the Foursquare Gospel paid their tearful tribute. The curious stood by impressed. The poor who had always been fed at Angelus were there, the lost who had been spirit-filled, the healed, the faithful here they were eager to immortalize the Ontario farm girl who loved the Lord. Here they laid the body of Sister Aimee to rest in the marble sarcophagus guarded by two great angels on Sunrise slope.

Millions of dollars passed through McPherson's hands. Following her death, the Foursquare Gospel church denomination was led for 44 years by her son Rolf McPherson. The church claims a membership of over 7. McPherson's ministry continued to flourish even in the face of scandal. The newspapers which served to propel McPherson to fame and advertise her message, also were used to highlight her faults, real and imagined. Some modern televangelists who transgressed and faded into obscurity because of high-profile news coverage, also learned how quickly modern communication media could hurt as well as help them.

After her death, the largely negative aspect of her media image persisted, was cultivated [] and became the dominant factor in defining McPherson for many in the public today. Shuler , whose caustic view of McPherson softened over the years, wrote he could not figure out why God chose such a person. The flaws he observed in McPherson, were by his opinion, many, yet she ultimately made a positive impact on Christianity, long lasting and enduring.

He recognized her appeal was a combination of identifying with the average citizen as well as an ability to explain the gospel in simple, easily understandable terms, drawing them irresistibly to her services:.

He saw her legacy extend far beyond the glamor of Hollywood, exerting itself through the thousands of ministers she trained and churches planted throughout the world. McPherson, together with the alliances she made, worked to reshape the evangelical Christian faith, making it relevant to American culture and personally involving for those in the audience.

In Fresno , California, , nine-year-old Uldine Utley — soon became a Christian revivalist after hearing McPherson's dramatic retelling of the David and Goliath story. With her parents as managers, using the same metaphors as McPherson, referring to Christ as "the Rose of Sharon" and invoking "Bride of Christ" imagery, she went on to preach to millions of people.

During the Great Depression years, as a child, Dr. According to biographer Matthew Avery Sutton, in the early s, it was expected that traditional Protestantism would give way to rapidly developing new philosophical ideas and sciences that were being widely taught. McPherson contributed immensely to the forestalling of that predicted inevitability. Liberal Christianity , which enjoyed strong growth starting in the late 19th century, regarded many of the miracles of Jesus to be superstitious interpretations of what actually occurred or metaphors for his teachings.

McPherson's faith-healing demonstrations instead gave credence to onlookers that her claim was true: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. This Bible verse of Hebrews Sutton wrote that it was easy for many people to deny a God who did something 1, years ago, but large crowds of people were now witness to the blind seeing, the lame walking, and the deaf hearing. Healings at her services, according to Epstein from period news sources, were occurring faster than the journalists could write them down.

Crowds clamored to reach her altar to experience a New Testament conversion that transformed many of their lives. Even large portions of the secular public admired her. The old time Gospel message was being dramatically marketed by the most technologically advanced means possible, reconstructing it into something far more interesting and desirable than it was previously. McPherson's ecumenical approach assisted Pentecostals in learning how better to explain their faith in the context of historic church doctrine.

Mainline churches became exposed to the more unusual gifts of the Holy Spirit. They also benefited by borrowing Pentecostal revival techniques [9] such as more emotive expression, joyful praise worship, and testimonials, forerunning the Charismatic Movement. McPherson challenged what was expected from women. Females as preachers and her status as a divorcee with two failed marriages were of particular concern to many of the fundamentalist churches with which she wanted to work, but her success could not be easily ignored.

Meanwhile, secular society broadly labeled women as either Victorian ladies or whores, [] and she bounced from one category to the other. She had her extensive relief charities and along with it, titillating scandals. Atheist Charles Lee Smith remarked publicly of McPherson, just before a debate, that she had an extraordinary mind, "particularly for a woman". Her continual work at church alliance-building finally bore fruit in an official way, though she did not live to see it. Foursquare Gospel Church leaders were at last able to join the National Association of Evangelicals in and from there helped organize the Pentecostal World Fellowship , [] which exists to the present day.

Pentecostalism which once advocated separatism and was on the fringes of Protestantism, became part of mainstream Christianity. Popular poet Ogden Nash wrote the following light verse:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article has multiple issues.

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