Religion: The Presence & Power

"My love for the church of Jesus Christ is such that I cannot keep quiet when a defect becomes evident to me," writes the Rev. Edward S. Zelley Jr. of Trenton, N.J. in the current Christian Century. The defect that 34-year-old Pastor Zelley complains about is the average church's lack of emphasis on healing.

Last August the Reader's Digest published an article co-authored by Methodist Zelley about the victim of a train wreck who, given almost no chance to live, rallied to eventual recovery while his church congregation was praying for him. The flood of mail that resulted opened Zelley's eyes...

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