New today: Scientists and the local church, Dennis O'Brien reviews Emily Wilson, the rise of smiling preacher Joel Osteen

July 22, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 145:10-18; 1 Kings 19:19-21Colossians 1:9-14

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Birgitta of Sweden (Lutheran and Catholic calendars), Gilbert TennentJohn Joachim Zubly

New today from the Century

Scientists welcome, by David J. Wood. The geophysicist's talk had none of the triumphalism of efforts to prove God exists. It was the testimony of experience—and it was unequivocal doxology.

Dennis O'Brien reviews Emily Wilson's book The Greatest Empire. Wilson offers a carefully balanced narrative of Seneca's life that is derived, as it must be, from partial and often contradictory sources.

The rise of smiling preacher Joel Osteen, by Phillip Luke Sinitiere. Lakewood Church’s hecklers this summer prompt historical reflection about summer 2005 when Joel and his congregation moved into Houston’s Compaq Center.

Human being, by Diane Roth. A long time ago I lived in Japan. Although I worked very hard to know and to be known, to learn Japanese, in some ways, I would always be a stranger.


In the news

IS launches chemical weapons: How great is the threat?

Quran fragments in drawer at British university may be world's oldest

Can Yemen's government rebuild the country—and its own legitimacy?


In the CCblogs network 

I find you spiritually attractive. By Teri McDowell Ott

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