New today: Inequality and pop culture, Bruce Modahl reviews Ellen Davis, the social gospel of Ta-Nehisi Coates

August 5, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 34:1-8; 1 Samuel 28:20-25Romans 15:1-6

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: DominicDiego VelázquezJohn Mason NealeJames Springer White

New today from the Century

Pulp inequality, by Benjamin J. Dueholm. As the climb of upward mobility has grown steeper, our rags-to-riches entertainments have grown more garish, random, and humiliating.

Bruce Modahl reviews Ellen Davis's book Biblical Prophecy. Davis is full of surprises. Some are delightful, others raise questions for further study, and still others throw up stumbling blocks.

The social gospel of Ta-Nehisi Coates, by Daniel José Camacho. In Between the World and Me, violence on the body is something Coates presses upon the reader at every turn. He does not want you to think about slavery or West Baltimore as much as to feel it in your gut.

Improv (for) life, listening for justice, by Tammerie Day. Listening is a core competency for me as a pastor and chaplain, but I am finding listening also can be a revolutionary and democratic act.


Reflections from the classroom, by John D. Wilsey. In a new Then and Now blog series, seasoned teachers will talk about their experiences guiding students as they expand their minds through critical thinking.

In the news

Pope Francis says the church must welcome divorced and remarried Catholics

White House proposes rules on faith-based social services


Two pastors facing death sentences freed in Sudan

In the CCblogs network 

A lectionary meditation on #BlackLivesMatter, by Rachel Hackenberg

A hymn for the Feast of the Transfiguration and Hiroshima Day, by Jonathan Grieser

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