New today: Risk, reading Hauerwas, letting the afterlife mystery be

June 25, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Jeremiah 15:1-7Galatians 5:2-6

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Jeremiah (Lutheran calendar), Isabel Florence Hapgood (Episcopal calendar), Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer and Zygmunt Gorazdowsk (Catholic calendar)

New today from the Century

Risk: Essays by readers. In response to our request for essays on risk, we received many compelling reflections. Here is a selection.

Michael G. Cartwright reviews Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical introduction, by Nicholas M. Healy. Healy's central methodological criticism of Stanley Hauerwas is that he "is concerned with the logic of coming to believe and the logic of Christian living rather more than the logic of belief."

Let the afterlife mystery be, by Celeste Kennel-Shank. We need not try to deny the pain of separation from our loved ones. The difficult questions can exist in tension with Christian hope.

Day by day, Hour by Hour, by Steve Thorngate. Spending a week at a monastery, I felt a shift in my sense of time. I found it natural to keep time by the Divine Office—I knew not the hour, but I knew the Hour.

Transposition, by Ryan Dueck. The unfolding biblical narrative calls for constantly transposing the story of God into a new key. The church has been doing this for 2,000 years, as we seek to understand what faithfulness to the story of Jesus means in our own time and place.

In the news

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Is the black church shifting on gay marriage?: Q&A with filmmaker Yoruba Richen

In the CCblogs network 

Pope Francis, Christianity, and Marxism, by Daniel P. Horan, OFM

The folly of fear, by Susan M. Reisert


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