The Christian Century

Founded on January 4, 1900, The Christian Century is a biweekly magazine published by The Christian Century. Its subject is religion. The Rev. John M. Buchanan is Editor and Publisher and David Heim is Executive Editor.

Articles from Vol. 124, No. 3, February 6

Advisers Cut Carter Center Ties over Book
Fourteen members of a 200-member advisory group to the Atlanta-based Carter Center have resigned in protest over former president Jimmy Carter's recent book and statements on the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate. At the same time, the Central Conference...
A Friend like Peter: The Logic of Forgiveness: Forgiveness Is Ultimately Grounded Not in the Logic of the Second Chance, but in the Logic of Resurrection
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you. "Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He...
A Funny Thing
ONE NIGHT years ago, when there were such things as open tickets on airlines and one did not have to establish identity to get through security, my wife and I left $900 worth of tickets on the back seat of a cab from O'Hare Airport to our home. It...
Aliens Welcome
Sunday, February 25 Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Luke 4:1-13 AS I WRITE THIS, the kitchen table is shaking. If our table is shaking, I worry that the church's beautiful stained-glass windows, desperately in need of repair, are also shaking. The parsonage...
Altitude Adjustment
Sunday, February 18 Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36 (37-43) IN THE HOSPITAL emergency room, someone accidentally bumps into an aide carrying a bedpan, and urine sloshes onto the floor. After several hours of waiting, my...
Bible Companion
THE MAN WHO delivers my groceries wants a Bible," my mother said, "but he doesn't know which one. What shall I tell him?" I should have had a ready answer for her, but I did not. It was a big question, after all. If she had asked me to recommend a...
Carter, Clinton Urge New Baptist Covenant Network
Leaders from 40 Baptist organizations are joining forces with former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton to hold a gathering next January that will emphasize their common goals, especially to counter the public image of Baptists as predominantly...
Churches Oppose Troop Surge in Iraq
MAINLINE CHURCH leaders are expressing opposition to President Bush's plan to escalate U.S. troop presence in Iraq. Some clergy" drew parallels to Martin Luther King's impassioned pleas decades ago against the ultimately fruitless American war in Vietnam....
Foundations, Other Donors Make NCC Healthy If Not Wealthy
Bob Edgar said he was hired seven years ago as the top executive of the financially bleeding National Council of Churches to do three things: Raise money, raise money and raise money. Edgar, a United Methodist minister and a former member of Congress...
Hangman's Knot
KILLING PEOPLE is a grisly business, even in the case of capital punishment. In Florida last year executioners found Angel Nieves Diaz still moving 24 minutes after the first administration of lethal drugs. They had mistakenly injected the drugs into...
Louder Than Words
JASON BYASSEE'S ARTICLE on Christians in Jordan (p. 18) reminded me of some conversations I had early in my ministry with a fellow pastor in Indiana who had served many years as a missionary in Iran. This was be fore the revolution that transformed...
Minority Report
AT THE TOP OF the short list of Western-friendly Arab nations is the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This relatively modern Muslim country, led by the articulate, handsome King Abdullah, is officially at peace with Israel. Jordan is bent on stopping terrorism...
Mother in the House
SOON AFTER THE November election, stories began circulating about Nancy Pelosi's "mother of five" voice, which she uses to great effect with staff members and colleagues. Forged during the years she spent at home with her five children, Pelosi's voice...
Polish Church Crisis Echoes Vatican Slowness on U.S. Abuse Scandals
The abrupt resignation of a top Polish prelate, amid allegations that he collaborated with Poland's Soviet-era secret police, has once again shone a spotlight on the reluctance among Roman Catholic officials to confront scandal within their ranks....
Rumors of a Birth
READERS OF P. D. James's novel Children of Men won't e prepared for the emotional breadth of the film version by Alfonso Cuaron. Like most dystopian stories, the book is relentlessly grim, icy and pedantic. Set 20 years in the future in a fascist England...
The Submergent Church
A MAN IN his mid-30s sits in a recliner in a dark room. Bursts of light from an episode of Dancing with the Stars flash on the walls and furniture. He grasps a cold beer, and a bag of potato chips is in his lap. This man is a pastor, and he is--at...