New today: Christian Scharen on Resident Alients at 25, a reply from Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, silence about abuse in the NFL and the church

September 22, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 106:1-12Genesis 27:1-29Romans 16:1-16

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Philander Chase (Episcopal calendar), Maurice and companions (Catholic calendar), Johannes Agricola

New today from the Century

Today, we wrap up a series of reflections on the book Resident Aliens after 25 years:

  • Kenosis and Christendom, by Christian Scharen. Resident Aliens effectively makes a virtue of a necessity. It seems to choose disestablishment, which in fact has come down upon us like a judgment.
  • A reply, by Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon. We gather that some of our readers still don't want to talk Christology with us. But it's because of Jesus that the church has trouble in the world.

The NFL and the church share a culture of silence on abuse, by Autumn Miles. It's past time that pastors learned how to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and effectively address it.

So, a United Methodist and a Jew go to Appalachia . . . by Deborah Lewis. Rabbi Jake Rubin and I have been colleagues and friends for a few years and we’d casually said, “We should do a trip together sometime.”

In the news

Chicago meets its new archbishop as the ‘Pope Francis effect’ sets in

In the CCblogs network 

Short prayers, by Jeff Nelson

On finding a healthy rhythm of work and rest, by April Yamasaki


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