History is Lunch: The Life and Work of John Perkins

Posted on April 3, 2015 by PLT Staff

Lecture given by Peter Slade as part of a lecture series entitled “History is Lunch,” sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, Mississippi. Slade, a co-editor of the publication Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins, gives a brief introduction to John Perkins and explains why he and his co-editors thought to write the book and how it was written. Finally, he presents one of the arguments made in the book about Perkins’ significance and legacy. For a listing of all our Occasional Lectures, click here.

Excerpt: “A colleague from work persuaded him to attend his Holiness congregation. Challenged by what he read in St. Paul’s writings, Perkins experienced an evangelical conversion. He became a voracious student of the Bible, guided by the dispensationalist fundamentalism of his new friends. In short order he was ordained a baptist minister and had developed friendships with white evangelicals, worshiping and preaching in their churches. In 1960 John and Vera Mae Perkins made the strange decision to return to Mississippi as evangelists. They made this strange decision because John believed he heard the call of God to do so.”

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  • Date Recorded:September 17, 2013
  • Location Recorded:Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH)
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