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History’s Lesson

“I fear that my Christian brothers and sisters in the Dove World Outreach Center, like James and John, ‘do not know what spirit they belong to’ (Luke 9:54-55). If they burn the Quran, they will be acting in the spirit of Goebbels. History has taught us where that leads.”

Richard Hays , dean and George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, in an Aug. 13, 2010, essay in The News & Observer (Raleigh,N.C.) about a church’s plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11. The church’s pastor decided not to carry out the plan.

Facebook Outreach

“The number of the so-called unchurched has remained steady in the past two decades. If churches want to reach this part of society, they have to find new ways to do it. That’s where social networking comes in.”

Mark Chaves , professor of sociology, religion, and divinity, quoted in the July 26, 2010, issue of The Montgomery Advertiser on churches using social media to attract new members

Sabbath Peace

“There is this enormous hunger, but it is like a collective action problem. The barriers feel so high and people feel so overwhelmed. There isn’t, in North American Protestantism, any sense of an imperative about this.”

Lauren Winner , assistant professor of Christian spirituality, quoted in the July 16, 2010, issue of The New York Times on the challenges of keeping the Sabbath

Gardening with God

“If nothing else, we should be astonished by God’s fondness for dirt. Soil is the life-bearing medium that God repeatedly uses to create plants, animals, and of course us. Life grows out of the soil together. We all depend on the soil.”

Norman Wirzba , research professor of theology, ecology, and rural life, in a July 12, 2010, essay in The Huffington Post

Working at Being Christian

“I’m not naturally religious. Being a Christian comes to me through extensive training.”

Stanley Hauerwas , Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, quoted in the June 24, 2010, issue of The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) about his memoir, Hannah’s Child