New today: Where issues have faces, Deborah Smith Douglas reviews John Philip Newell, the roots of evangelical anti-environmentalism

June 17, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; Job 29:1-20Acts 20:1-16

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Bernard Mizeki (Episcopal calendar), Robert Crowley, Robert Hett Chapman, Elizabeth of Schönau

New today from the Century

Where issues have faces, by M. Craig Barnes. The mainline has long congratulated itself for being prophetic because it's good at voting for progressive agendas. But change happens at the local level.

Deborah Smith Douglas reviews John Philip Newell's book The Rebirthing of God. For nonbelievers, Newell's new book might serve as an introduction to Christianity at its mildest and least challenging.

The historical roots of evangelical anti-environmentalism, by Mark Stoll. Since the environmental movement’s peak in the 1970s, evangelicals have pilloried environmentalists and cast doubt on problems like global warming. Why this hostility?

There is another way, by Laura Kelly Fanucci. God is not found only in peace, quiet, decluttered, 10 easy steps to simplify. God is also found in mess, chaos, muddle, question.

In the news

United Methodist conferences petition denomination on behalf of LGBT rights

Southern Baptists' efforts at racial reconciliation a mixed bag, review finds

Pope Francis challenges humanity to fight global warming in historic encyclical

9 killed in prayer meeting at oldest AME church in the South

In the CCblogs network 

Shooters in the sanctuary, by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

The open wound and the dream of beloved community, by Guy Sayles


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