New today: Anne Blue Wills reviews Kristin Kobes Du Mez, blogging the lectionary for Good Friday, Confederate monuments and American citizenship

March 23, 2016

Daily lectionary readings: Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Oscar Arnulfo Romero (Lutheran and Episcopal calendars), Macartan (Catholic calendar–Ireland), Catherine of VadstenaWalter HiltonSamuel Scheidt, Paul Couturier, Chalmers Alford, Inge Lønning

New today from the Century

Anne Blue Wills reviews Kristin Kobes Du Mez’s book A New Gospel for Women. Katharine Bushnell was a reforming whirlwind who left the mission field to campaign for temperance and against the sex trade and the sexual double standard.

Sunday's Coming: What makes Good Friday different? by Julian DeShazier. We know we need to linger at the cross for at least a few uncomfortable moments. We need to be a "crucifixion people."

Confederate monuments and American citizenship, by Edward Carson and John D. Wilsey. The First Amendment empowers attitudes of hatred and disregard for the plight of others; it also gives power and voice to the weak and downtrodden.

"November funeral," a poem by Mark A. Noll.

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