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New today (and yesterday) from the Century:

  • Rodney Clapp asks where you pray: "Prayer is not something we do first and foremost on our own. We pray with other Christians." (subscription required)

  • Will Willimon reviews Wes Granberg-Michaelson's memoir: "What do you get when you take an attractive, intelligent kid born into a loving, happy, Midwestern family and relinquish him for baptism, telling him he is now "engaged to profess Christ"? (subscription required)

  • Amy Frykholm on fracking: "I am struck by the idea of intentionally shaking our own foundations in the name of our intractable addiction to fossil fuels. I find myself thinking in psalmic terms, like Psalm 46: 'The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.'"

  • I highlight some troubling survey findings about racism: "I've certainly been turned down for many jobs over the years, some at places where I know my white face and so-Anglo-he-probably-has-a-castle name didn't help my chances. But I've never been pulled over for no reason, followed around by staff at a store or stopped on the street and asked to prove that I'm a U.S. citizen."

  • Adam Copeland questions the latest "young adults are amoral" book: "I refuse to blame young adults themselves for not having been given the resources to take on moral questions — it’s not their fault that faith communities, schools, and parents failed them."

  • William Vance Trollinger reviews Claude Fischer's social history of the U.S.: "Sociologist Claude Fischer is unhappy with historians' failure to provide a grand narrative of American history." (subscription required)

  • I question an L.A. Times story about evangelical political mobilization: "Tom Hamburger and Matea Gold don't do enough to prove their now-more-than-ever hook, but it's still an important story to follow as we slog through yet another election season."

  • A poem about Jesus' death, by Luci Shaw


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