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New today: Fine doorstops, Conversations at the hospital, Ministry myths

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 16Song of Solomon 2:8-15;  Colossians 4:2-5

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Johann Walter (Lutheran calendar), Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen (Catholic calendar), Mellitus

New today from the Century

Fine doorstops, by John M. Buchanan. Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch connects to both head and heart, while Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit tells of Theodore Roosevelt, an endlessly fascinating figure.

Conversations at the hospital, by Steve Thorngate. This week I’ve spent some time with my five-month-old daughter in the lounge outside a hospital’s intensive care unit. The default position is to respect other people’s privacy, but some people want to talk.

Ministry myths, by Carol Howard Merritt. We’re always predicting and observing things that may not prove to be true a few years later. Here are three myths that I often hear about ministry that I question.

Essential books on Jewish thought, selected by Peter Ochs

In the news

Bible survey: Many Americans scramble their Scripture

Losing my religion: Clergy who no longer believe gather online

In the CCblogs network

What about the 50 days of Easter? by Allan R. Bevere

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