New today: Charles Hefling reviews two books about the cross, winning an empty game, a pastor's account of the Dallas protest

July 20, 2016

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Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 138; Esther 2:19-3:6Acts 1:15-20

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Albert John Luthuli (Episcopal calendar), Lawrence of Brindisi (Catholic calendar), Irene Gleeson

New today from the Century

Charles Hefling reviews Ingolf U. Dalferth’s book Crucified and Resurrected and Stephen Finlan’s book Sacrifice and Atonement. Much of what Christianity has long been saying about the cross of Christ is problematic. So what is to be done about it?


Winning an empty game, by Peter W. Marty. The cross is anything but a success story. Failure and disappointment are at the heart of Christianity.

Babel, by Jeff Hood. The Dallas Police Department guided the marchers through downtown with tremendous grace. Anything seemed possible. Love and justice was within our grasp. Then, confusion reigned.


With bathroom bills, the state is telling people who they are, by Alex Myers. This is about who gets to determine identity: the state or the individual? This is the fundamental civil right that is at stake in considering bathroom bills.

In the news

First openly LGBT United Methodist bishop: 'This is the time'

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