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Transforming Pentecostalism

“He brought Pentecostalism out of the backwoods and made it respectable. One cannot imagine modern-day Pentecostalism without him. He transformed its image but also its practice.

Grant Wacker, professor of Christian history, quoted Dec. 15, 2009, by The Washington Post in a story on the legacy of evangelist Oral Roberts

Intolerable Conversation

“Our culture just doesn’t tolerate talking about death and dying. And the minute you even start talking about having conversations with a doctor, it’s immediately pejoratively labeled as ‘You’re trying to kill me.’

Richard Payne, professor of medicine and divinity and director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, quoted Nov. 11, 2009, by The Associated Press in a story about underutilization of hospice care

An Ambiguous War

“Afghanistan has the possibility of being limited in a way that might make it a
bit more justifiable, but it’s still not clear what we’re fighting for. It’s so deeply
ambiguous that it’s hard to fit into just war criteria.

Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe professor of theological ethics, quoted Nov. 4, 2009, by Religion News Service about the war in Afghanistan

Spiritual Gardening

“Gardening is never simply about gardens. It is work that reveals the meaning and character of humanity, and is an exercise and demonstration of who we take ourselves and creation to be.

Norman Wirzba, research professor of theology, ecology, and rural life, commenting on spiritual gardening in the Oct. 2, 2009, issue of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

No Common Cup

“In many Roman Catholic churches across the country, lay people no longer receive wine at Communion, and some Catholic clergy have advised congregants not to shake hands or hug at the moment of the liturgy known as ‘the passing of the peace,’ when parishioners typically greet someone in, and offer embodied signs of, the peace of Christ.

Lauren Winner, assistant professor of Christian spirituality, commenting in the Oct. 9, 2009, issue of The Wall Street Journal on church reactions to fears about the H1N1 virus