New today: New worship music, #yesallwomen, digital prophets

Daily lectionary readings: Acts 1:1-11Psalm 47Ephesians 1:15-23Luke 24:44-53

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Juraj Tranovský (Lutheran calendar), Ursula Ledóchowska (Catholic calendar), David BeatonJohn Penry

New today from the Century

Trusting a new song: How to introduce music for worship, by Eric Wall. Hymnbooks offer songs from many cultures and genres. But trying new music can be a risky venture for leaders and congregations alike.

Misogyny, #yesallwomen, and the role of the church, by Bromleigh McCleneghan. Christians have offered various responses to the climate in this country that devalues women. Yet little is said about what is wrong with a culture or a theology that teaches that women are made to be used.

Prophets in the digital public square, by Matt Gaventa. Church bodies have longstanding commitments to social justice causes, and increasingly such causes hinge on access to the open Internet. We can no longer afford to treat tech news like a niche category.

Blind about faith, by Ryan Dueck. The stark, binary way Ryan Bell presents the options seems remarkably naïve to me. Blind faith or no faith? Faith or sight? A leap into the dark or views based on evidence? These are our only options?

Lou Carlozo reviews David Wilcox's album Blaze. David Wilcox sings songs that matter and—though he’s rarely explicit about it—that come from the perspective of a songwriter on a Christian spiritual journey.

"On first seeing Rembrandt's self-portrait as St. Paul," a poem by Charlotte F. Otten.

In the news

House passes bill to make cemetery desecration a religious freedom crime

Interfaith group speaks out in wake of Santa Barbara shooting spree

Catholic bishops push (again) on immigration reform

Africa’s Islamic extremist groups are on the rise

In the CCblogs network 

No big deal, by Tim Graves

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