New today: Egyptian devotion to the Virgin Mary, Anne Blue Wills reviews Erin Lane, blogging the lectionary

December 10, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Isaiah 12:2-6; Amos 8:4-122 Corinthians 9:1-15

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Damasus I (Catholic calendar), John Strype, William Milligan, Walter Francis Sullivan

New today from the Century

Mary among the Egyptians, by Philip Jenkins. It’s almost certain that historic Christian devotion to the Virgin Mary began in Egypt. The nation’s Muslims often plead for her help, too.

Anne Blue Wills reviews Erin S. Lane's book Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe. Lane wants to help millennials and those who love them understand the real countercultural impulse of the church.

Sunday's Coming: The One who takes our chaff away, by Lauren F. Winner. John the Baptist's image of separating the wheat from the chaff is suggestive. Once it’s gone from the wheat, chaff blows away and vanishes into the air. What if those things that separate us from God are chaff?

How to talk to a person who supports Donald Trump, by Russell P. Johnson. Criticism of Trump’s proposal to screen Muslims is justified and necessary, but it is unlikely to be heard by those most drawn to Trump’s rhetoric. Here’s why.


John the Baptist's axe, by Kristin Berkey-Abbott. I'm tired of having John the Baptist call me a viper. I know, I know, I have all these faults. Maybe I need to pay attention to John the Baptist with a bit more focus.

In the news

Churches settling refugees against governors' wishes

Saudi Arabia stifled true death count in hajj stampede: 2,411


In the CCblogs network 

We can trust in surprises, by Guy Sayles

A curriculum for radicalization, by MaryAnn McKibben Dana

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