New today: James Guth reviews Ryan Claassen, why church planters should be seen as long-term missionaries, public policy and loving your neighbor

January 27, 2016

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 71:1-6; 2 Chronicles 34:1-7Acts 10:44-48

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Thomas Aquinas (Lutheran, Episcopal, and Catholic calendars), Richard AllestreeRobert DrinanDwight Gustafson

New today from the Century

James L. Guth reviews Ryan L. Claassen's book Godless Democrats and Pious Republicans? Religious polarization among activists and voters exists, in ever-increasing quantity. The question is, why?

Harvest in due time, by Carol Howard Merritt. Sustainability is certainly a goal for most church plants. But have denominations set up a model that is sustainable for pastors?

Public policy and love of neighbor in a time of transition, by Jeffrey R. Baker. The long arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, but it does not bend by itself or quickly.

Why the church is a bad sport, by David Williams. The tennis video's a great example of good sportsmanship, or so we are told. Here someone willing to lose, because winning at the expense of honesty would be unacceptable.


In the news

Morocco summit pushes Muslim clerics to improve the lot of religious minorities

Bishop warns that rebel army re-emerging in Central African Republic

In the CCblogs network 

Crossing over, by Mihee Kim-Kort


Sometimes you have to smile, by Ryan Dueck

To touch the face of God, by Kristin Berkey-Abbott

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