New today: South Sudan’s Christians, Stephen Warner reviews Wendy Cadge, Protestants and prisons

April 30, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 114Jonah 2:1-10Matthew 12:38-42

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (Episcopal calendar), Saint Pius V (Catholic calendar), Philipp van LimborchFrançois d'Agincourt

New today from the Century

Is the church helping? by Ross Kane. Churches helped usher in a new era of South Sudanese politics. As the conflict continues, leaders are again seeking to be peacemakers and prophets.

R. Stephen Warner reviews Paging God, by Wendy Cadge. Cadge asks, What happens to religion when religiously affiliated hospitals are secularized or constrained to serve patients beyond their founding communities?

Why you come to church, by Diane Roth. I don't know why you come to church on a particular Sunday, or why you don't. Maybe you are caught between wanting your kids to experience a faith community and the reality of what it's really like to be a part of a faith community.

Never Pray Againby Carol Howard Merritt. In the early days of blogging, when it seemed like a mere handful of people were conversing on-line, I encountered Doug Hagler, Aric Clark, and Nick Larson (also known as Two Friars and a Fool).

Prisoners and the least of these in American Protestantism, by Aaron Griffith. American evangelicals and mainliners often seem worlds apart when it comes to engagement with social issues. Take prisons as a case in point.

In the news

REPORT: State Department should double list of worst religious freedom offenders

In the CCblogs network 

Design your own preacher camp, by MaryAnn McKibben Dana

The Internet Is not killing religion, by James F. McGrath


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