New today: Amy Frykholm talks to Ross Peterson, Brian Volck reviews Gary B. Ferngren, vaccines and religious exemptions

February 25, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 22:23-31; Genesis 16:1-6Romans 4:1-12

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Emily Malbone Morgan (Episcopal calendar), Porphyry of Gaza, John StillGiuseppe Tartini, Felix DraesekeMarie-Claire Alain

New today from the Century

The pastor as person, an interview by Amy Frykholm. "People sometimes come in guarded and defensive," says ministry counselor Ross Peterson. "But they want to be understood, and they want to minister well."

Brian Volck reviews Gary B. Ferngren's book Medicine and Religion. At the hospital where I work, families may form relationships with pastoral care staff—but they come for our clinical competence in medicine. Gary Ferngren points out how new and odd this is.

The rise of religious exemptions from vaccines, by Kelly J. Baker. Though measles was eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, there have been more and more cases in recent years, with over 600 in 2014. It hasn't necessarily been tied to religious movements, but rather to increasing numbers of exemptions.

These Soviet spies understand how serious baptism is, by Steve Thorngate. The FX drama The Americans, about a married pair of undercover KGB agents, is more interested in identity than ideology. It positions its main characters to be plausibly shocked and frightened by what their teenage daughter's baptism implies.

Dying well and lament, by Mihee Kim-Kort. Is it possible that life is one big lament? If we are loving with risk and abandonment, then suffering seems inevitable, and some kind of loss and death. But lament is resistance, too. Because it’s rooted in the hope of God.


3 blog posts I wrote on the significance of Trayvon from 2012, by Drew G. I. Hart. In many ways, Martin's killing, on February 26, 2012, radicalized my mouth and pen to speak more truthfully and transparently about what was going on in me and our white-dominated society.

In the news

Jewish extremists suspected of torching mosque near Bethlehem

Supreme Court wrestles with accommodating religious faith on the job

Who are the Assyrian Christians under attack from Islamic State?


In the CCblogs network 

Practices for the second week of Lent, by Joanna Harader

He's the both/and, by Evan D. Garner

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