New today from the Century:
- Mary Louise Bringle on why hymnals matter: "Many churchgoers greet the announcement of a new hymnal with a single puzzled, even outraged question: Why?"
- Bringle's sidebar article on the making of the new PCUSA hymnal: "Our committee may have made some wrong decisions. But they weren't careless or cavalier ones."
- Kelly Baker on why we shouldn't say religion can be evil
- Steve Thorngate reviews the Mercyland project: "Growing up, my listening habits progressed from the evangelical subculture’s schlockiest pop to its Americana fringe to secular alt-country. One common thread: prolific sideman Phil Madeira." (subscription required)