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