"Cowboy evangelist" J.C. Kellogg was the featured speaker at Foursquare Gospel Church at 27th and Blaisdell in Minneapolis for a few weeks in the fall of 1936. Minneapolis Star ads touting his appearance promised talks on "The Wild Men of Europe," "The Mark of the Beast" and "Health, Wealth & Prosperity for Every Believer." The Star sent a photographer -- but no reporter -- to record his unusual form of preaching. At one point the bespectacled and bechapped evangelist stood atop the lectern, his lariat spinning furiously, but the sparse captions don't reveal whether he was able to pull in any new believers.
|The Minneapolis Star caption: "J.C. Kellogg, cowboy evangelist, begins whirling his lariat at the Four Square Gospel church. ... Expertly he whirls his rope as the congregation sits at attention while he performs his nightly services."|
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