Caring for the ill and dying is work the church should claim, says Duke University pediatric oncologist Dr. Raymond Barfield. Medical institutions don't have the capacity to offer the spiritual care that is the church's domain.
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Spiritual practices and Christian leadership. “You can’t just preach it,” says Jim Wallis, of Sojourners magazine. Wallis and others say daily prayer, Scripture reading and other disciplines give them strength and passion for living the gospel as individuals and in community.
United Methodist Bishop Janice Riggle Huie (right) and Ralph Hendricks of First United Methodist Church in Lake Jackson, Texas. Mike DuBose/United Methodist Communications
The peak of the organizational pyramid can be a lonely spot. But Christian leaders can take steps to feel less isolated.