New today: Faith and identity in Ukraine, Alan Van Wyk reviews Mark Stoll, blogging the lectionary

March 22, 2016

Daily lectionary readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3John 13:21-32

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Gregory the Illuminator (Episcopal calendar), Turibius of Mogrovejo (Catholic calendar), Justus LipsiusAnthoni van NoordtJohann Gottfried WaltherJohann Jakob WettsteinRafqa Pietra Choboq Ar-Rayès

New today from the Century

Borderland churches, by John P. Burgess. The unrest in Ukraine has led to calls to establish a national church. But which church should play this uniting role?

Alan Van Wyk reviews Mark Stoll’s book Inherit the Holy Mountain. Surprisingly, evidence shows that the environmental movement’s most significant moments have been overwhelmingly led by lapsed Presbyterians.

Sunday's coming: The gravesite and the marathon, by Julian DeShazier. God has done this amazing thing--rescuing the Israelites from Egypt--and now they are called to do amazing things as well, in sacred memory.

Ecclesial negotiations, by David Heim. Behind the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in February were years of complex negotiation between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church, especially on the situation in Ukraine.

Set the table, by Ryan Dueck. In this in-between time, between promise and fulfillment, between inauguration and consummation, I am reminded that as followers of Jesus, we are people of both fasting and feasting.

In the news

How an Iraqi widow's resistance became a symbol of hope

China's efforts to mold Christianity in its own image face resistance

In the CCblogs network 

Lenten journal: Small, by Milton Brasher-Cunningham

Small Easter, by Joanna Harader


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