New today from the Century:
- Amy Frykholm on Ashes to Go: "Ashes to Go speaks to me with an innate appeal: I am currently a homeless Christian, a wanderer without a congregation."
- The editors on Rick Santorum's antipoverty rhetoric: "If Santorum wins the nomination, this could have at least one positive outcome: a general election campaign in which the candidates actually talk about poverty."
- John Buchanan on conflict over abortion rights: "I recall three times when the churches I served were picketed. The one that was by far the most traumatic had to do with abortion." (subscription required)
- Steve Thorngate on Santorum's "phony theology" comment: "It'd be amazing to hear Obama respond by quoting Wendell Berry on 'that idiotic term "the environment," which refers to a world that surrounds us but is presumably different from us and distant from us.' Failing this, it'd be nice if Obama would at least reverse his support for fracking."
- Two lectionary reflections by Phyllis Kersten: a blog post on this Sunday's readings and a magazine column on next Sunday's (the latter requires a subscription)
- Steve Vineberg reviews The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (subscription required)
In the news:
- On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians take it to the streets
- Rick Santorum defends views on Obama's theology
- Libyan Christian leaders stress reconciliation
- Nonprofit groups oppose Obama's change in charitable deductions
- Vatican leaks scandal looms large at meeting to elevate new cardinals
- Grief without God is a challenge for nonbelievers
- N.J. lawmakers approve gay marriage, but veto looms