New today: A father's descent into depression, LBJ’s great awakening, Russell Wilson’s inelegant theology and the joy of incarnation

January 21, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 62:5-12; Jeremiah 19:1-15Revelation 18:11-20

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Vincent (Episcopal and Catholic calendars), Bernhard KnipperdollingCristofano Malvezzi, Vincent PallottiAbbé Pierre

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.

In the news

Influential writer on theological education dies at 85

Churches in Niger and other former French colonies torched amid anger over Charlie Hebdo cartoons


For French Jews, recent attacks are latest sign of anti-Semitism's rise

Marcus Borg, historical Jesus scholar, dies at 72

In the CCblogs network 

Giving thanks for Marcus Borg, by Jeff Nelson

The gift of ordinary time, by Laura Kelly Fanucci

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