New today from the Century:
- Steve Thorngate on church music and congregational identity: "Some post-worship-war churches revel in musical eclecticism. Others have a singular approach and sound, rendering the terms traditional and contemporary irrelevant."
- Jesse James DeConto on the church as arts patron: "Mercy Seat spends about $27,000 a year on the arts—a quarter of its annual budget. At those rates, the church is one of the better-paying gigs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area."
- Scott Cairns's stab at the gospel-in-seven-words-or-less challenge: "Christ's humanity occasions our divinity."
- Thomas Jay Oord on Pentecostalism and science: "The Pentecostal tradition has the potential to turn the science-and-religion dialogue into a mutually transformative engagement."
- "Ladder," a poem by Steve Lautermilch