New today: praying Jane Eyre, astonishing Assemblies, evangelicals and the death penalty

May 9, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 23Exodus 3:16-22; 4:18-201 Peter 2:13-17

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (Lutheran calendar), Gregory of Nazianzus (Episcopal calendar),  Dieterich Buxtehude.

New today from the Century

Praying Jane Eyre, by Stephanie Paulsell. My student hasn’t allegorized Jane Eyre as Origen did the Bible. But she wrestles with passages until the text gives her a blessing.

Astonishing Assemblies, by Philip Jenkins. Every Sunday, more people attend Assemblies of God churches in the Sao Paulo area than in all the U.S.

Is Samuel Rodriguez against the death penalty? by Steve Thorngate. How does Rodriguez himself feel about the subject? He's studiously noncommittal, that's how.

Forbidden poems, by Richard A. Kauffman. The love poems Griswold includes are not romantic so much as acerbic female expressions of the relationship between the sexes in Afghanistan.

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