New today: A close call with a needle, why Heidi Haverkamp still loves the church, are prayers of confession negative?

May 14, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 47; Exodus 24:15-18Revelation 1:9-18

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Mo Chutu mac Fínaill and Isidore the Laborer (Catholic calendar), Alban Butler, Emily Dickinson, Peter MaurinJune Carter Cash

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

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