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Not So Fast

“It seems an oversimplification to say that fasting is mournful in the Hebrew Bible and celebratory in the New Testament. I worry that such a description subtly plays into pernicious ideas about the Old Testament as burdensome and the New Testament as freeing. In both testaments, fasting is ultimately about connecting people with God.”

Lauren Winner , assistant professor of Christian spirituality, in the Jan. 22, 2011, New York Times article about the growing popularity of fasting

King’s Legacy as a Man of God

“King’s self-proclaimed mission ‘to redeem the soul of America’ cannot be understood apart from his self-designated identity as a preacher of the gospel. He succeeded in injecting that gospel into the political debate much in the way the abolitionists had more than a century ago.”

Richard Lischer , James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching, from his book The Preacher King , quoted in the Jan. 16, 2011, edition of the Observer-Dispatch (Utica, N.Y.)

Overcoming Polarization

“I think it’s critical [for evangelicals and mainliners] to overcome our tendency toward polarization. So Célestin [Musekura] and I spent a lot of time listening and talking about our different ways of understanding Scripture and working with other people. We found we share far more conviction than we might have thought.”

L. Gregory Jones , professor of theology and Duke University’s vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs, in a Dec. 3, 2010,  interview with United Methodist Portal about Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven , which he co-authored with Célestin Musekura of Rwanda.

Breaking the Silence on War

“We want to break the silence [about war]. …We need to pray and preach and struggle with this together.”

Amy Laura Hall, associate professor of theological ethics, quoted in The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) Nov. 22, 2010, in an article about Proper 29, a Web-based appeal to local pastors to speak out in opposition to war on Christ the King Sunday.