New today: Walter Bruegemann reviews David Novak, a still life with winter squash, blogging the lectionary

January 21, 2016

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 19Nehemiah 2:1-10Romans 12:1-8

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Vincent (Episcopal and Catholic calendars), Bernhard KnipperdollingCristofano MalvezziVincent PallottiAbbé PierreSerhiy Nigoyan

New today from the Century

Walter Brueggemann reviews David Novak. How does theology shape Jewish democracy, in light of the many competing claims and complex relationships in the land of Israel?

Still life with winter squash, by Terra Brockman. It landed on my patio in early November, a pointy-ended battleship that was more mineral than vegetable. It stayed there as the days got shorter.

Sunday's Coming: Gifts for excellence, by Verity A. Jones. For several years, I directed the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. And so I’ve been asked what we mean by “pastoral excellence.” Each time, I return to 1 Corinthians 12:31.


Is the death penalty on the way out? By Steve Thorngate. The death penalty is on the decline in the U.S.—in terms of executions carried out, new death sentences imposed, and states that use it at all.

How Jesus defined his ministry, by Evan D. Garner. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John each present for us a Jesus of his own understanding. Very rarely do we read a story in which Jesus defines himself. Sunday's Gospel lesson gives us exactly that.


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