New today: Amy Frykholm talks to Claire Hajaj, Will Willimon reviews Kevin Vanhoozer, reflections from half of a clergy couple

January 7, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 29; 1 Samuel 3:1-21Acts 9:10-19a

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Harriet Bedell (Episcopal calendar), Severinus of Noricum and Thorfinn (Catholic calendar), Lawrence Giustiniani, Moses AmyrautJim Elliot

New today from the Century

Between two worlds: Writer Claire Hajaj, interview by Amy Frykholm. “Two things about my own life became clear: I really did understand both sides, and I didn’t understand them at all.”

Will Willimon reviews Kevin Vanhoozer’s book Faith Speaking Understanding. Kevin Vanhoozer demonstrates that Christian thought is a more engaging, embodied affair than much that passes for thinking these days.

On being yoked, by Carol Howard Merritt. “Oh! You must be Pastor Brian’s wife.” I shake her hand and say, “Yes, my name is Carol Howard Merritt.” Should I have notified them that I’m a pastor too?

George Whitefield’s troubled relationship to race and slavery, by Thomas S. Kidd. December 16 was the 300th birthday of George Whitefield, the most important evangelist of the Great Awakening of the 18th century, and a thoroughly problematic figure on the topics of race and slavery.


The Church of the Reluctant Evangelists, by Susan M. Reisert. If you manage to get into the building at the congregation I serve, you’ll find a nice welcome. But trying to get people to engage in a little of the “e” word outside of the sanctuary is a whole other thing.

In the news

Muslims on edge after Paris terrorist attack on satirical magazine

Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?


United Methodists settle complaint against bishop over same-sex wedding

In the CCblogs network 

Alone together, by Elizabeth Macaulay

Ethical breeches, by David Williams

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