New today: New church planters, John Updike, Presbyterians and "divestment"

June 17, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 29; Job 39:13-251 Corinthians 12:4-13

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Albert Chmielowski (Catholic calendar), Samuel and Henrietta Barnett (Church of England calendar)

New today from the Century

New soil, new planters, by Carol Howard Merritt. While many churches are at the end of their lifespans, others need to take root. And we need people fresh out of seminary to start them.

Jon Sweeney reviews Updike, by Adam Begley. John Updike's religious explorations make his writing interesting, and Begley explores them well. But he devotes too much space to trying to link fictional settings and characters with Updike's real life.

Israel, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and "divestment," by David Williams. I don't know that what the Presbyterian Church is considering can be described as "divestment." Sure, there are folks out there advocating for that approach, but that's not what's being done.

Twitter feed from the Council of Jerusalem, by Carol Howard Merritt. #COJ1 needs to stop arguing about petty things and focus on real work. #missional.


A state budget's (elective) surgery, by Steve Thorngate. Debates about tax cuts often play out in fuzzy terms. This isn't necessary. Tax cuts put actual money in actual people's pockets, so we can ask nice concrete questions like "how much?" and "which people?"

In the news

Supreme Court won’t wade into fight over graduations in churches

Charitable giving to religious groups is down even as philanthropy improves from the Great Recession


Washington-area UCC votes to boycott Redskins team

In the CCblogs network 

Can institutions apologize? by Rachel G. Hackenberg

Life lesson from Lydia, by Carol Kuniholm

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