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Pentecostalism

The movement spreading rapidly across the Global South takes its name from Acts 2, where first-century Christians visited by the Holy Spirit began speaking in tongues. Marked by ecstatic worship, prophetic visions—and, unfortunately in some sectors, a “health and wealth” theology that plays to the needs of the disenfranchised—Pentecostalism is like evangelicalism’s younger sister: wilder in its expression yet sharing our theological DNA in its attitude toward Scripture, worship, and the sovereignty of God. New leaders of the movement seek to correct its excesses while expanding its power in forgotten pockets of the world.

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  • Uganda: 'Pentecostal' Priest Upsets Catholic Church, Tranferred
    A group of Ugandan Christians are seething after the archbishop of Kampala transferred a priest. Fr Kibuuka, a young priest ordained in 2008, last year started charismatic prayer sessions in the Lubaga Nursing School, a stone's throw away from the cathedral, which attracted huge crowds, on Sunday afternoons. These prayer sessions reportedly attracted non-Catholics, including Muslims, coming from as far as Jinja, Masaka and Mukono districts. This was after some believers claimed that Kibuuka worked miracles.
  • Annoying or Uplifting? Ghana Divided Over Raucous Churches
    Over the past year, the authorities in Ga West have gone to court to seek fines or sanctions against 10 to 15 churches because of their noise levels, Quaye said. Many other churches in the district have received warnings or reached out-of-court settlements.

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