The following is from the Feb. 15, 2008, edition of National Public Radio's All Things Considered. William Lawrence, dean of SMU's Perkins School of Theology, provided expertise for this story.
By John Burnett
A prayer movement has broken out in a handful of churches along Interstate 35. Participants say that if people pray hard enough, God will touch communities along the highway, which stretches from Texas to Minnesota.
The prayer movement — part of a Pentecostal, evangelical branch of conservative Christianity — began with Cindy Jacobs, a petite and intense woman who heads a prayer ministry called Generals International. . .
And now the movement is called Light the Highway. . . .
Though Light the Highway is not widely known, there is considerable skepticism about it at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
"America is full of religious groups that are testing the boundaries of what is possible to believe — much of which will have a very ephemeral lifespan and will fade from the scene because it's without substance," says William Lawrence, the dean at Perkins.
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