Dr. Leah Payne (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is Associate Professor of American Religious History at Portland Seminary and a Senior Fellow at the Louisville Institute. Payne’s forthcoming book, The Rise and Fall of Contemporary Christian Music (Oxford University Press), explores how popular music and American marketing culture shapes the theological and political imagination of American evangelicals. Her first book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early Twentieth Century(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) won the Pneuma: the Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 2016 Book Award.
Almost a quarter of a century after that night in Pensacola, Trump supporters brought their shofars to a “Jericho March” at Washington D. C. in a manner resembling that decades-old revival meeting. Like the Brownsville attendees who cheered for Gideon’s victory, the Jericho March called to mind a biblical story of Joshua at Jericho, another conquest with the sound of a shofar.