New today: Religious violence and higher laws, the verbs of Lent's second Sunday, Amber Noel reviews Kyle Minor

February 24, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 77; Proverbs 30:1-9Matthew 4:1-11

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Elizabeth Fedde (Lutheran calendar); John Roberts (Episcopal calendar); WalburgaSebastián de Aparicio, and Maria Adeodata Pisani (Catholic calendar), Daniel Heinsius, Christopher WrenSamuel SeaburyChauncey Allen Goodrich

New today from the Century

Religious violence? by Ted A. Smith. Throughout history, people loyal to a higher law have been responsible for much violence. Should we reject appeals to a higher law?

Lectionary Column for March 8, Third Sunday in Lent (subscription required), by Gracia M. Grindal. This account tunes our ears to catch the miraculous reality of an incarnate God walking among us, whose presence brings a new dimension into our ordinary lives of buying and selling.

The verbs of Lent's second Sunday, by Larry Patten. Please, let me study Jesus. Give me the deadline of a sermon or class, and I’ll gladly offer swell insights. Jesus, however, said the troubling verb follow


Despair and resistance, by Amber Noel. Kyle Minor's second collection of short stories keeps an empathetic insider's eye as he wends his way through American fundamentalist Christianity, contemporary Appalachia, and missionary Haiti.

Boundary,” a poem by Warren L. Molton


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