Century Marks

Tough love: Robert M. Franklin, former president of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, says he once asked Bishop O. T. Jones of Philadelphia why Pentecostal churches seem to thrive in urban centers. Jones responded that many black Pentecostal churches deliberately transplanted southern patterns of care and discipline into northern cities, thereby helping blacks reconnect with their extended family and with the community. Also, Pentecostals take seriously the New Testament claims about the Holy Spirit’s transforming power. Believing that no situation or person is beyond redemption, they take on some of the hardest-to-reach segments of the population (Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Spring).

 

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