New today: Most-read posts, Angie Mabry-Nauta on closing churches, Lawrence Wood reviews Ian Leslie

December 28, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 148Isaiah 49:5-15Matthew 12:46-50

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Thomas Becket (Episcopal and Catholic calendars), Sebastian Castellio, Christina RossettiIgnacy Tokarczuk

New today from the Century

The year's most-read posts from Then & Now and Drew Hart's blog

The last Sunday, by Angie Mabry-Nauta. Each day in the U.S., nine churches close their doors for good. This isn’t news—but it’s hard to talk about when it’s your church.

Lawrence Wood reviews Curious, by Ian LeslieIn Leslie’s telling, curiosity is far from a valued quality. Augustine, he notes, equated curiosity with temptation. 


Dismantling the good man myth, by Carol Howard Merritt.  I am not naïve to our country's atrocities. But this still scares me.

O holy night at the clothes closet, by Melodie Miller Davis. This Iraqi boy reached across all the political, ethnic, and religious barriers of our world to grab my grandmother’s heart.


Because I could not stop for death, by Carol Howard Merritt. I sat down with a friend, and he told me about his holiday.

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