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