New today: Buddhists next door, tales of war, texts in context

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 93Deuteronomy 31:1-13John 16:16-24

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Germain of ParisWulfstanAnne BrontëMaya Angelou

"I believed that there was a God because I was told it by my grandmother and later by other adults. But when I found that I knew not only that there was God but that I was a child of God, when I understood that, when I comprehended that, more than that, when I internalized that, ingested that, I became courageous." — Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014)

New today from the Century

Buddhists next door, by Barbara Brown Taylor. Here in rural Georgia, it's hard to miss a monk in saffron robes walking through Wal-Mart. But we don't know what to think about him, so we don't.

War and tales of war, by Edward J. Blum. Dwight Moody became a sensation during the mid-1870s.  A reason for his popularity was his tactical use of war-related stories and themes.

Texts in context: Yassas! by Carol Kuniholm. My understanding of the interplay of meaning and words is shaped by my experience as a monolinguist. On a recent trip to Greece, I found myself seeing and hearing in new ways.

Mark Edwards reviews Matthew Bowman's The Urban Pulpit. Matthew Bowman invites readers to rediscover the once-powerful promise of liberal evangelicalism, which he sees a pastoral middle way between the secular city and fundamentalism.

In the news

Jimmy Carter 3.0: Building a post-presidential legacy

Clergy abuse victims are divided over Pope Francis’ offer to meet

Atheists lose latest legal fight over ‘In God We Trust’

In the CCblogs network 

Eternal life means today, by Evan D. Garner

Maya's voice, by Tripp Hudgins

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