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OPEN TO THE SPIRIT: Sawai Chinnawong’s 1997 painting Pentecost (acrylic on canvas) puts Christian disciples in the position and postures assumed by the Buddha in Thai Buddhist art. COURTESY OF SAWAI CHINNAWONG

Painting Pentecost

The Spirit-filled art of Sawai Chinnawong

Over the past century the Christian center of gravity has been shifting from the Euro-American West to the Global South, where the prevailing forms of Christianity are Pentecostal and charismatic in character. It’s not just that these are the fastest growing denominations. More significantly, the broad range of Christian traditions—including Roman Catholic and mainline Protestant churches around the world—are being touched and invigorated by Pentecostal and charismatic renewal.


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