New today: Visions of Jesus’ humanity, Scott Anderson reviews Mark Achtemeier on same-sex marriage, Jessie van Eerden's ear for faith

December 14, 2014

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 125; 1 Kings 18:1-18Ephesians 6:10-17

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: John Horden and Robert McDonald (Episcopal calendar), George Hickes, Joseph Martin Kraus, Wilfred KitchingOral Roberts

New today from the Century

Christmas Eve visions, by Stephanie Paulsell. In the 12th century, a Benedictine nun had a vision of Jesus’ humanity. It couldn’t have happened on a better night.

Scott Anderson reviews Mark Achtemeier's book The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage. Mark Achtemeier and I once faced off at General Assembly over gay ordination. Sixteen years later, he preached at my ordination.

An ear for faith, by Amy Frykholm. For all its engagement with the margins of American Christianity, Glorybound avoids slipping into vaudeville. That's because author Jessie van Eerden has an exquisite ear for the language of religion.


How can we keep from singing? by L. Gail Irwin. There is a special kind of relationship that forms among choir members. Something about those rehearsals, with their jokes, irritations, and prayer rituals, creates a spiritual bond that can’t be replicated .

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Fleeing persecution, Christian converts find safe houses in England


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