New today: A close call with a needle, why Heidi Haverkamp still loves the church, are prayers of confession negative?
New today from the Century
Needlestick, by Heidi Neumark. Getting stuck accidentally with a needle might be something you anticipate if you work in a hospital. Less so if you're setting up for Sunday school.
Why I still love the church, by Heidi Haverkamp. I feel pretty conflicted about the Pew study showing that fewer and fewer people have any religious affiliation at all. First, I think, “Who cares about numbers?”
Don't be so negative, by James Sledge. I've heard my share of complaints regarding the prayer of confession in worship. "Why do I need to say I'm no good week after week?" people ask.
“What it is you would like the stone to say,” a poem by Brian Doyle
In the news