New today: Class separation in the church, James K. A. Smith and Debra Dean Murphy on Resident Aliens at 25, Elmer Gantry and change
Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Dag Hammarskjöld (Lutheran calendar), Edward Bouverie Pusey (Episcopal calendar), Benjamin Kennicott, August Gottlieb Spangenberg, George MacDonald
New today from the Century
The poor door: Class separation in the church, by Heidi Neumark. People are rightly disgusted by buildings with separate entrances for low-income residents. But churches have side-door people, too.
This week, a series of reflections on the book Resident Aliens after 25 years. Today:
- Church against state? by James K.A. Smith. A funny thing happened on the way to the church-as-polis: I can now imagine being a resident alien and invested in the state, in all of its glorious failing.
- Locating loyalty, by Debra Dean Murphy. Resident Aliens helped convince a generation that there is no Christian identity apart from the church. But where exactly is Hauerwas and Willimon's "adventuresome" church?
Books Change: Elmer Gantry, by Daniel Silliman. In my copy of Elmer Gantry, one sentence is underlined six times: “He had, in fact, got everything from church and Sunday School, except, perhaps, any longing whatever for decency and kindness and reason.”.
4 things that perfection costs us, by Elizabeth Hagan. How much of our lives do we live striving for perfection? We might look good in public, but it costs us something.
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