New today: A father's descent into depression, LBJ’s great awakening, Russell Wilson’s inelegant theology and the joy of incarnation
New today from the Century
What love can’t fix, by Matt Gaventa. At a chemical level, it didn’t matter to my dad that we loved him. It couldn’t penetrate the shield around his sense of self-worth.
A brief review of Why Place Matters, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister.
Heidi J. Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons comment on Abraham. The synagogue in ancient Dura Europas, in what is now Syria, was remarkable for the frescoes that covered its walls.
Obama's odd pivot to Hope & Change 2.0, by Steve Thorngate. Obama has accomplished a lot in his presidency. He absolutely has not improved our national political conversation.
Great Society, great awakening, by Raymond Haberski Jr. Fifty years ago this month, Lyndon B. Johnson introduced his vision for a better American society. At that time, Johnson was having an awakening.
The beauty of bodies, by David Henson. I’m not going to fault football players, or anyone, anymore for expressing—however inelegantly—gratitude during moments of personal elation.
Neo-Anabaptist myths and Mennonite reality on the problem of white homogeneity in Anabaptist communities, by Drew G. I. Hart. Mennonites, for example, are actually 20 percent non-white in North America, and mostly non-white when considered from a global perspective. They are not the Mennonite Church you imagine in your head.
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Giving thanks for Marcus Borg, by Jeff Nelson
The gift of ordinary time, by Laura Kelly Fanucci