Greetings From the Editor
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by Jin Hee Han

Our spring issue of 2016 compels us to re-start our New Year with a reflection on creation. The theme has inspired poets and preachers, as well as the ancient rabbis who gave the theme the prestigious place at the beginning of the Bible. According to a legend, the book of Job was a contender as the head of the Bible, but the sages agreed that the story of the Bible should begin with creation, not with suffering. Firmly grounded in this tradition, many of our authors direct us to the first part of the book of Genesis.

In this issue on creation, we encounter voices that challenge us to learn to value the life of the oppressed for whom God cares. They tell us that God has created human beings in God’s own image, and that every person helps us see God in all spectrums of colors and physical manifestations.

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Quotations Dealing with Healing and Wholeness
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Quotations Dealing with Healing and Wholeness

By Rev. Dr. Keith Russell

Quotations from scripture that reference healing and wholeness.

The Present-Day Power of Pentecost: The Rise and Growth of Black Pentecostalism in America
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The Present-Day Power of Pentecost: The Rise and Growth of Black Pentecostalism in America

By Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle

The phenomenal growth of Pentecostal movements within African American communities has been one of the most significant developments in Christianity in the United States. It is safe to say that the history of African American Christianity can be divided into three phases of denominational influence: the Methodists in the nineteenth century, the Baptists in the twentieth century, and Pentecostal groups in the twenty-first century.

Pentecost in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition
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Pentecost in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition

By Demetra Velisarios Jaquet

The Feast of Pentecost is not simply the celebration of an event which took place centuries ago. It is the constant renewal of relationship as sacrament in Church and community. We all have died and risen with the Messiah, and we all have received His Most Holy Spirit.

The Liberation of Pentecost
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The Liberation of Pentecost

By Dr. Harold Dean Trulear

Pentecost must be set free. First, Pentecost must be set free from the silence of the church concerning its importance. Second, Pentecost must be wrest- ed from its association solely with denominational designation. Third, Pentecost must be delivered from denominational caricatures that identify it primarily with glossolalia as the badge of fidelity.

The Unsettling Holy Spirit
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The Unsettling Holy Spirit

By Rev. Dr. Judy Yates Siker

The story of Pentecost is indeed the story of how unsettling the in-breaking of the Spirit can be. But it is the story of spiritual transformation, as all the people in the crowd were empowered as they heard the Gospel in a way they understood. Perhaps we ought to pray again that God send that unsettling Spirit among us to con- fuse us and shake us loose from our safe places. As we learn to speak and hear “in other tongues,” it may bring new light to shine on familiar matters.

Editorial: I’ve Been Thinking About…Pentecost
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Editorial: I’ve Been Thinking About…Pentecost

By Rev. Dr. Keith Russell

A Message from the Editor on Pentecost

Preaching On Pentecost and Afterwards
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Preaching On Pentecost and Afterwards

By Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Allen

Part of a minister’s calling is to try to find points at which the Year and the table of readings bring preacher and congregation into real conversation regarding our deepest beliefs concerning God and the world, as well as to critique points at which the Christian Year and the lectionary obfuscate theological reflection. At just this point, of course, we encounter one of the continuing evidences of Pentecost: whether through Christian Year and lectionary or some other means, the Spirit persistently seeks to lure us to deeper recognition of the divine presence and purposes.

Preaching Justice and Mercy
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Preaching Justice and Mercy

By Rev. Dr. Rebecca Pugh Brown

Reflections on the Lectionary Readings for April

At One With the Power
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At One With the Power

By Rev. Dr. Keith A. Russell

Reflections on the Lectionary Readings for May

Visitation, Declaration, Trepidation, Implication, and Anticipation
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Visitation, Declaration, Trepidation, Implication, and Anticipation

By Rev. Dr. David Lee Jones

Reflections on the Lectionary Readings for June

Timely Pentecost
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Timely Pentecost

By Dr. Cheryl Bridges John

Tarrying involves waiting before the Lord in anticipation of Divine intervention. To tarry is to plunge into that tension between the times, the tension between the “already” and the “not yet.” It involves actively attending to the presence of God, yet patiently waiting for that mysterious biblical event known as “the fullness of time.”

Who Will Roll The Stone Away?
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Who Will Roll The Stone Away?

By Rev. Dr. Keith Russell

What would happen to our Easter pulpits if we simply sought to roll the stone away so that people could confront the forces of death in their own lives? Do we dare challenge the principalities and powers of our age with the implications of a God who is both present in life and who lives beyond the boundaries of death?