Aimee Semple McPherson is one of the most interesting Christian figures from the 20th century. Over 15,000 people came to her church in Los Angeles every Sunday during the late 20’s. She started the first Christian radio station. She was a national celebrity, up there with movie stars. That’s hard to imagine in our day. I suppose we have Tim Tebow, but he’s a football player, not a pastor. Aimee also had an incredible healing anointing, the likes of which America hasn’t seen for a few decades now, to my knowledge. However, she did many things seriously wrong, but that is part of what makes her so instructive. Many women today are bursting at the seams with the desire to launch out in ministry. Aimee offers an extreme case of this – a house wife who simultaneously was one of the most gifted speakers in the country and one of the most gifted healing ministers. How does one handle that level of gifting wisely?
Here is a 30 minute documentary on her life. It doesn’t talk much about the miracle side of her ministry, but it gives a good overview of her life.
If you would like to learn more, Daniel Epstein has written a wonderful biography on her. If memory serves the author is not a Christian, but he interestingly acknowledges the historicity of her miracles. One of the things that stuck with me was when she was going from one healing meeting to another. When she saw the mob of people she said, “Is the whole world sick?” Many people would love to be gifted by God to heal, but don’t realize the incredible burden that comes with that.