New today: Worship you can wear, David Swartz reviews Brantley Gasaway, interfaith immersion

April 7, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Song of Solomon 3:1-11Mark 16:1-8

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: William Augustus Muhlenberg and Anne Ayres (Episcopal calendar), Julie Billiart (Catholic calendar), Martin ChemnitzJohn Wise, Gaetano DonizettiJames Charles McGuiganEmmanuel III Delly

New today from the Century

Wearable worship, by Stephanie Paulsell. Azra Akšamija and Jo Murphy make art that points to things made invisible by fear—both our own fear and our society's.

David Swartz reviews Brantley Gasaway's book Progressive Evangelicals and the Pursuit of Social Justice. Brantley Gasaway contends that the progressive evangelical movement "stands as strong as ever." Which is to say, not very strong at all.

Lectionary Column for April 19, Third Sunday of Easter (subscription required), by Isaac S. Villegas. Once, in a class I taught in a prison, the men talked about which officers would and wouldn’t shake their hands. I could imagine them saying the words of Jesus, “Touch me and see.” Discover that I am human like you.

A room of ten, by Teri McDowell Ott. I’d never led an interfaith immersion trip before. But I knew I had a good group—three Muslims, six Christians, and one Naturalist, all living and learning together in one large hostel room stacked full of ten bunk beds.

A "religious freedom" proposal I can agree with, by Jay Michaelson. I’m not supposed to like this idea. It’s for Christian-owned small businesses who don’t want to serve people like me: gay people, especially ones who are loud and proud. And yet, I’m for it.


A short survey on how you use the lectionary.

A brief review of Love Ran Red, by Chris Tomlin

In the news

4 notable remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast

Gardner C. Taylor, dean of black preachers, dies at 96


In the CCblogs network 

Does money get in the way? by Evan D. Garner

The Jesus lizard, by Ryan Dueck

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