Editor&#039;s Desk Articles from Christian Century http://www.christiancentury.org/section/48/feed en Marriage equality http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/marriage-equality <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>I have carried the burden of knowing that our church contributed to a man's death when we refused him the open acceptance, love, and support that he needed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/marriage-equality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-10/marriage-equality#comments 1 Corinthians 7 Jack Rogers Mark Achtemeier Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) same-sex marriage Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 28554 at http://www.christiancentury.org Shelf space http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-09/shelf-space <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Recently my wife and I moved, and the time came to decide which books I could live without. I dreaded it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-09/shelf-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-09/shelf-space#comments Anne Fadiman pleasure reading reading reading habits Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 28421 at http://www.christiancentury.org Kids of summer http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-09/kids-summer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>The Cubs and White Sox have some of the worst records in the league. Yet Chicago still went a little crazy over baseball this summer.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-09/kids-summer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-09/kids-summer#comments african americans baseball ferguson missouri Jackie Robinson West Joseph Haley little league Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 28217 at http://www.christiancentury.org A reader-supported journal http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/reader-supported-journal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>The <i>Century</i> exists because Christians who care deeply about theology, ministry, and the life of congregations are willing to support it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/reader-supported-journal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/reader-supported-journal#comments digital revolution Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 28106 at http://www.christiancentury.org Oceanside reading http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/oceanside-reading <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>On the porch of a cottage in North Carolina, I gaze in wonder at the expanse in front of me. It's conducive to thinking and reading as well as meditating and praying.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/oceanside-reading" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/oceanside-reading#comments Amy-Jill Levine Cormac McCarthy Desmond Tutu north carolina oceans Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 27960 at http://www.christiancentury.org Moderate wisdom http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/moderate-wisdom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Extremists seem to be in charge everywhere. ISIS has taken over a huge geographic area and forced Christians to leave their homes or convert.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/moderate-wisdom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/moderate-wisdom#comments Acts 15 ISIS Islamic State moderation religious extremism Wed, 06 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 27829 at http://www.christiancentury.org Church-state borders http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/church-state-borders <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>The Supreme Court reflects the politics of the moment. And two recent decisions are in line with a shift of the current court toward the right.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/church-state-borders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/church-state-borders#comments burwell v. hobby lobby religious freedom Supreme Court Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 27717 at http://www.christiancentury.org Divisive divestment http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/divisive-divestment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>The conflict over divestment seems to divide Presbyterians more deeply than past struggles. Old friends are barely speaking to one another.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/divisive-divestment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-07/divisive-divestment#comments Christian-Jewish relations divestment israel-palestine presbyterian Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 27581 at http://www.christiancentury.org It takes practice http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-06/it-takes-practice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>I've always sensed a poverty of praxis in my own Reformed ecclesiology. But these days we Reformed Protestants are taking practices seriously, too: anointing, laying hands on the sick, imposing ashes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-06/it-takes-practice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-06/it-takes-practice#comments christian practice Reformed Christianity Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 27319 at http://www.christiancentury.org Faith confirmed http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/faith-confirmed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Our granddaughter's uncertainty about confirmation was typical and appropriate. After eight months of class, though, she told me she had decided to declare her faith.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/faith-confirmed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/faith-confirmed#comments catechism confirmation Westminster Confession youth Wed, 04 Jun 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 27184 at http://www.christiancentury.org Can we talk about Israel? http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/can-we-talk-about-israel <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>It’s time for mainline Protestant churches to invite mainstream Jewish organizations to sit down and figure out what we can do together to support the Israel-Palestine peace process.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/can-we-talk-about-israel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-05/can-we-talk-about-israel#comments Israel Middle East Fri, 16 May 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 27060 at http://www.christiancentury.org Weep together http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/weep-together <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Isn’t it possible for both Israeli and Palestinian narratives to be true? Dialogue ends when each side demands that the other “let go of past suffering” and “get over it.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/weep-together" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/weep-together#comments Israel Palestine Thu, 08 May 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 26937 at http://www.christiancentury.org Fine doorstops http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/fine-doorstops <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Donna Tartt’s novel <i>The Goldfinch</i> connects to both head and heart, while Doris Kearns Goodwin’s <i>The Bully Pulpit</i> tells of Theodore Roosevelt, an endlessly fascinating figure.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/fine-doorstops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-04/fine-doorstops#comments Donna Tartt Doris Kearns Good­win novel teddy roosevelt U.S. history Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 26794 at http://www.christiancentury.org Easter business http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-03/easter-business <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Frightened disciples—cowering behind a bolted door—emerged from hiding as fearless and fierce followers. What changed them was the conviction that their crucified friend was alive.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-03/easter-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-03/easter-business#comments biblical accounts of resurrection preaching resurrection Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 26618 at http://www.christiancentury.org The ultimate mystery http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-03/ultimate-mystery <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>In every age, the crucifixion has compelled artists with its raw human drama, as well as with its deeper meaning.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-03/ultimate-mystery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-03/ultimate-mystery#comments atonement crucifixion George F. Kennan medieval art renaissance art Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 26457 at http://www.christiancentury.org A pastor's study http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-02/pastor-s-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Many of us love the busyness and energy of a robust church. And yet all of us pastors must summon an uncommon discipline if we are to reflect the priority of preaching.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-02/pastor-s-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-02/pastor-s-study#comments biblical study preaching sermons worship preparation Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 26352 at http://www.christiancentury.org Being Christ's body http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-02/being-christ-s-body <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>Years of experience don’t ease the journey toward a family waiting in an ICU. We pastors feel terribly inadequate, and at the same time incredibly grateful that the vocation allows us into the most intimate situations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-02/being-christ-s-body" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-02/being-christ-s-body#comments death HIV/AIDS mainline decline Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 26188 at http://www.christiancentury.org Figuring out faith http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/figuring-out-faith <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>In divinity school, professors engaged my heart and mind—and began the process of helping me figure out what I believed and whether it was important enough to give my life to it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/figuring-out-faith" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/figuring-out-faith#comments divinity school seminary Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 26075 at http://www.christiancentury.org Post-Christmas blues http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/post-christmas-blues <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>I don't much like the days and weeks after Christmas. Christmas takes so long to get here, with preparations and anticipation building from mid-November on. And then, sometime during the day of December 25, it all collapses.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/post-christmas-blues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/post-christmas-blues#comments nativity three kings Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 25956 at http://www.christiancentury.org Members only? http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/members-only <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd field-item-first"> <p>When the church was under siege, passing the peace was important to members meeting in secret. Today, it’s a part of the service I dread.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/members-only" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-01/members-only#comments Mon, 06 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 John M. Buchanan 25867 at http://www.christiancentury.org