New today: Christmas picks from Brian McLaren and others, lectionary column by Lauren Winner, preaching podcast talks to Leslie Callahan

November 30, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 90; 2 Samuel 7:18-29Revelation 22:12-16

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Nicholas Ferrar (Episcopal calendar), Edmund Campion, Ralph Sherwin, Alexander Briant, Abraham a Sancta Clara, Maurice Greene, Charles de Foucauld

New today from the Century

Christmas picks. Eleven writers make their selections: Brian McLaren, Francis Spufford, and others.

Lectionary column for December 13, Third Sunday of Advent, by Lauren F. Winner. The tension between the joy of the first three readings and the judgment of the Baptizer’s proclamation is theologically instructive. It presses us to hold the two together.

Episode 12 of Preachers on Preaching, a podcast with Matt Fitzgerald. Matt talks with Leslie Callahan of St. Paul’s Baptist in Philadelphia about being the first female pastor there, the clash between her Pentecostal background and her religious studies education, and the false choice between good news and lament.


The task of love, by Ryan Dueck. It’s good for us to occasionally ask, “OK, let’s suppose I’m wrong about all this—then what?” But this is not and has never been the sum total of what faith is about.

In the news

Palestinian Authority limits Christmas celebrations in West Bank


British sex abuse inquiry to focus on churches, politicians

In the CCblogs network 

Annunciation, by Michelle Henrichs

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