Who is Terry Jones and why is he burning the Koran?

That's the headline of my profile of the Gainesville pastor who is managing to dominate the news and international diplomacy, though he heads just a 50-member church.My short answer to the question: The Holy Spirit blows where it will, especially in Pentecostalism.The AP's national religion writer Rachel Zoll makes a similar point in her piece on Jones.Many would like to ignore Jones, but perhaps this is a karmic blowback for our frequent focus on fringe figures in other religions or in opposition ideologies.

David Gibson is a national reporter for Religion News Service and author of The Coming Catholic Church (HarperOne) and The Rule of Benedict (HarperOne). He blogs at dotCommonweal.

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