New today: Kissing your stole, the importance of practices, the fantasy of death

June 16, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 29Job 38:39-39:121 Corinthians 12:1-3

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: George Berkeley and Joseph Butler (Episcopal calendar), Richard of Chichester and Benno of Meissen (Catholic calendar), Wilhelm Martin Leberecht de WetteNorman MacLeod

New today from the Century

Why I kiss my stole, by Benjamin J. Dueholm. Ritual actions can linger, even as belief fades in and out. If there is indeed a renewal of high-liturgical worship, I would guess that this is why.

It takes practice, by John M. Buchanan. I've always sensed a poverty of praxis in my own Reformed ecclesiology. But these days we're taking practices seriously, too: anointing, laying hands on the sick, imposing ashes.

Blogging Toward Sunday: The fantasy of death, by Jennifer Copeland. Paul tells us about a future that has already happened—yet we live not only like it hasn’t happened yet but like we don’t think it ever really will.

Follow the friendships, by Jonathan Melton. My friend said that the next time God calls him to an adventure in ministry, he'll start with a team of friends. Not becoming friends with members of a team, but starting with friends committed to a common focus. "Why wouldn't I, if I could?" he asked.


A parallel world of preaching stars? It's not simply that this parallel world exists and, by some fluke, most Americans haven't heard of it. There are some very real reasons that mainliner fame has its limits.

"Nearing Lazarus' tomb," a poem by Laura Wang

In the news

Pope Francis: ‘Inside every Christian is a Jew’


Survey: Many don’t want atheist in-laws

In the CCblogs network 

Choosing a better way, by Guy Sayles

Spiritual practices with newborns: cleaning, by Laura Kelly Fanucci

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