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Soaking Prayer and the Mission of Catch the Fire

In: Pneuma
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Michael Wilkinson Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia Michael.Wilkinson@twu.ca

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Peter Althouse Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida pfalthouse@seu.edu

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Charismatics who practice soaking prayer claim that the experience of God’s love leads to loving others. In this article we offer a detailed description of soaking prayer as taught and practiced at Catch the Fire. Findings are based on three years of research that included participant observation, face-to-face interviews, and a survey of participants. Theoretically we draw upon theories of ritual and embodiment to explain how participants engage in acts of benevolence.

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