New today: Film as a source of revelation, armies of cops, assumptions about a feast day

August 15, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 67Isaiah 63:15-19Acts 14:19-28

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Feast of the Assumption (Catholic calendar), Mary, Mother of Our Lord (Episcopal and Lutheran calendars), Robert de Sorbon, Johann Adam Schall von Bell

New today from the Century

Meeting God at the movies: Film as a source of revelation, by Robert K. Johnston. Most Christians have not been encouraged to think theologically about divine encounters that take place outside the church and its scripture.

An army of cops in a community with little reason to trust them, by Steve Thorngate. There are two general themes in the reports from Ferguson: racism and police militarization. But these are hardly separate narratives.

A different assumption for today, by Laura Kelly Fanucci. The Sisters of the Assumption helped me come to see what today's feast is all about: embodied love.

Suicide, sin, and modern tribalism, by Steve Pankey. Social media has created something of a neo-tribalism that gets exacerbated in the aftermath of largescale life events.


A brief review of Real Good Church, by Molly Phinney Baskette

In the news

After the Ferguson protests, church volunteers pick up the pieces

Civil rights groups to feds: Purge anti-Muslim training materials


Black churches address suicide, mental illness

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