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New today: Presence of absence, unoriginal sin, immigrants and evangelicals

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 104:24-34, 35bNumbers 11:24-30John 7:37-39

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Barnabas (Lutheran, Episcopal, and Catholic calendars), Louis Désiré Maigret

New today from the Century

The presence of absence, by Tom Montgomery Fate. Without the rudder of memory, my father seemed adrift in a tiny boat on a wild, infinite sea, yet unconcerned with finding a way back to shore.

Unoriginal sin, by the editors. Readers may or may not accept Charles Hefling's reconstruction of the doctrine of original sin. But he continues the tradition of rethinking the faith in light of new knowledge, contexts, and concerns.

The many contexts of immigrants—and evangelicals, by Matthew Bowman. The Evangelical Immigration Table's documentary The Stranger shows that there's no single profile of an undocumented immigrant or an evangelical Christian.

Watching the academy gut itself, by Carol Howard Merritt. Education's value is being cut by the same people who are trying to inflate its cost. If the academy doesn't value education, why would anyone else?

Cantor's fall and the Tea Party dialectic, by Benjamin J. Dueholm. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's attempt to straddle the demands of his party’s base and those of a wider general electorate failed. In that, history seems to be repeating itself. 

"Natural life with no parole," a poem by Sarah Rossiter

In the news

Rick Warren to pastors: ‘There is no testimony without a test’

Evangelicals see 8-point drop in support for immigration reform

In the CCblogs network 

How to be significant, by Cindy Brandt

Spiritual practices with newborns: feeding, by Laura Kelly Fanucci

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