New today: Painting Pentecost, creative ministers, book buzz

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 66:8-20Genesis 6:5-22Acts 27:1-12

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Rita of Cascia (Catholic calendar), Margaretha SattlerJohn ForestVictor HugoAndrea Gallo

New today from the Century

Painting Pentecost, by Amos Yong and Jonathan A. Anderson. Sawai Chinnawong is persuaded that he must live into the gospel as a Thai artist. But the pastor who baptized him called his paintings “Buddhist.”

What are creative ministers thinking about these days? by Carol Howard Merritt. I just returned from Unconference, a brain trust for starting progressive communities and sustaining traditional ones. The break-out groups give us a taste of what young(ish) ministers struggle with and what they’re excited about.

Beware of the book buzz, by Richard A. Kauffman. I understand the growing need for writers to promote their own work. But I'm concerned about the consequences of authors functioning as their own promoters.

Pentecost, by Giotto di Bondone, with commentary by Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons.

In the news

House considers a prayer plaque at WWII monument; interfaith coalition says ‘no’

Jennifer Knapp makes a case for being gay and Christian in upcoming book

Religious rights watchdog pushes to add Pakistan, Syria to list of worst offenders

In the CCblogs network 

Team re-building, by Steve Taylor

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