New today: Pentecostalism, Islam, and social change; blogging the lectionary; first steps for adults

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 18:1-3, 20-32Deuteronomy 32:18-20, 28-39; Romans 11:33-36

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Ceferino Namuncurá and Teresa of Jesus Jornet (Catholic calendar), Edward Fowler, Raimon Panikkar

New today from the Century

Sects without tradition, by Phil Jenkins. The story of Pentecostalism and social change is now familiar. What's surprising is how closely it echoes trends in modern Islam.

Blogging toward Sunday: Welcome across race, by Luke A. Powery. I almost called a sermon on Romans 12:9-21 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" The 1967 film was bold at the time in positively presenting interracial marriage.

First steps, by Martha-Lynn Corner. One thing we adults don't think about very often is that while we are raising our children, we are still raising ourselves.

In the news

As churches take measures to prevent Ebola, traditional healers ply herbs

Michael Brown’s funeral echoes with cries for justice

How an American pastor ministered to Nazis at Nuremberg

In the CCblogs network 

Tyranny by definition (Romans 12:9-21), by David K. Popham

The ordinary saves, by Cindy Brandt

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