Here is a great new blog by Randell Stephens, a historian and teacher at Eastern Nazarene College called The Historical Society.
Professor Stephens began teaching at ENC in the fall of 2004. He brings expertise in many fields: late 19th and early 20th century US history, American religious history, race, and American popular music. In 2008 Harvard University Press published Stephens’ book, The Fire Spreads: The Origins of Holiness and Pentecostalism in the American South. The Atlantic Monthly called it a “masterful account of how the South nurtured and altered a once-marginalized religious movement” and praised it as “the most fluent and authoritative synthesis of a complex and controversial subject.” Similar accolades appeared in the the Times Literary Supplement and Publishers Weekly. In 2009 the book won the Wesleyan Theological Society’s Timothy L. Smith and Mildred Bangs Wynkoop Book Award. Stephens is currently writing a book with ENC professor of physics Karl Gibersonon recent American evangelicalism that is under contract with Harvard University Press. He has composed a number of chapters and articles dealing with religious and cultural history. He created and manages the ENC history department webpage. Stephens is also editor of the Journal of Southern Religion and editor of the review of the Historical Society, Historically Speaking. He received the ENC Professional Achievement Award in 2007 and in 2008 the History News Network named him a Top Young Historian.