New today: George Hunsinger reviews Rebecca Gordon, a Christian without a church, why Francis favors reality over ideas

March 18, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 51:1-12; Isaiah 30:15-18Hebrews 4:1-13

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Joseph (Lutheran, Episcopal, and Catholic calendars), Hugh of Saint-Cher, Sophia Olelkovich Radziwill, Péter PázmányGerhard Johann Vossius, Nicolaus Bruhns, Clement XI, Frederick Cornwallis

New today from the Century

Unjustifiable acts, by George Hunsinger. More religious people support torture under Obama than they did under Bush. In this context, Rebecca Gordon's book is required reading.

Lectionary Column for April 2, Maundy Thursday (subscription required), by David Keck. John 13 begins with imminent betrayal, suffering, and death. Understandably, we envision the scene with somber images. But I wonder if we overlook Jesus’ joy.

A Christian without a church, by MaryAnn McKibben Dana. In terms of church attendance, our family is nomadic at the moment. Yet there are abundant opportunities to share my resources, all around me, all the time.

Why Francis favors reality over ideas, by Christopher M. Bellitto. During one of Pope Francis’ talks during his visit to the Philippines earlier this year, a few lines he spoke gained little attention, but are critical to understanding how he wants to enliven the church and the world.

In the news

South Africa tests its forgiveness of apartheid-era killers

India’s new school textbooks favor Hindu nationalist themes, making minorities uneasy

Under Hindu sway, Mumbai bans beef

In the CCblogs network 

I sing it for you, by Laura Kelly Fanucci

The call, by Jeff Hood

A gentle evaluation turns away anger, by Rebekah Basinger


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