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. 125, No. 23, November 18

American Pie
In the course of discussing tax policy with an unlicensed Ohio plumber, Barack Obama suggested that "spreading the wealth around" a bit more would be good for the country. Obama was trying to explain why he wants to impose a modest tax increase on...
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American Soundings
The frightening downturn on Wall Street has caused even some staunch antigovernment pundits to begin rethinking their assumption that all government regulation is bad. That is a rethinking this country desperately needs. In the early 1980s I worked...
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Black Churches Struggle to Survive in Downtown
A fading sign at the corner of Cleveland's East 79th Street and Golden Avenue announces the Last Stop Bonanza Inc. as "the stop that has your everyday needs"--even though the gate is locked and the space is filled with trash. Farther down East 79th,...
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Breakaway PCUSA Church Buys Title from Presbytery
Ending a long legal battle, the largest congregation to break its ties with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the past two years has voted narrowly to pay $1.75 million for the land and buildings it occupies in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Members of the...
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Churches Assess Impact of Financial Crisis
During what some call the start of a recession, mainline church officials are assuring pastors and retirees that their pension funds are secure. But the officials are concerned about how the economic woes will affect their operating budgets and ministries....
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First Fruits: Broetje Orchards Puts People before Profits
WHEN HAIL wiped out 70 percent of the apple crop at Broetje Orchards in 2006, owners Ralph and Cheryl Broetje and their management team had a decision to make. The insurance company would pay on the business's policy only if no further harvesting was...
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Ghost Town
Ghost Town. Directed by David Koepp. Starring Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni. The first "ghost comedy" was an effervescent 1937 charmer called Topper, in which two of the most elegant high comedians in movies, Cary Grant and Constance...
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Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, November 23 Matthew 25:31-46 OUR ETERNAL DESTINIES hang on two phrases: "I was a stranger and you took me in" and "I was a stranger and you did not welcome me." Jesus gives us two options when relating to strangers: we can welcome them...
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More Than a Free Lunch
LYDIE RASCHKA'S ARTICLE (p. 10) on her experience of helping serve dinner to homeless and hungry people at Thanksgiving raises issues that I think about a lot these days. Raschka reflects on her "thinly disguised slumming" and acknowledges that most...
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New Adventures in Niche Bible Publishing
The Bible is getting a makeover as publishers try to catch every type of customer's attention and draw in new readers who would be unlikely to pick up the holy tome in its traditional form. Using different packaging, publishers of The Green Bible,...
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Seminary Sermon May Signal Thaw among Texas Baptists
In a sign that once-frosty relations between the independent-minded Baptist General Convention of Texas and the large Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth may be thawing, the BGCT's new executive director spoke at the seminary last...
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Senior Schuller Breaks with Son over TV Roles
After turning over the Crystal Cathedral pulpit nearly three years ago to his son as the main preacher on the Hour of Power TV program, founding pastor Robert H. Schuller now says he has "parted ways" with his son over their opposing visions for the...
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Thanksgiving Contradictions
IT'S ALMOST Thanksgiving, and soon my church in New York City will be serving turkey with all the trimmings to over 400 people. Members of the congregation will donate money, arrange flowers and bake pies. Eight extended families with old ties to our...
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That Girl Who Prays
WHEN A BANJARA Indian woman named Mary came to our church to talk to us, nine-year-old Chloe was there. Chloe had to be there. We could not let Chloe miss a chance to meet a Banjara woman, because Chloe had been praying for the Banjara for four years....
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Whatever Happens
THERE ARE TIMES when the world, instead of being the solid stage on which we conduct our affairs, instead of enveloping us in its massive givenness, seems to totter at the cliff's edge. The news announces financial meltdown, the friend who seemed forever...
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Zealous Skeptic
WHEREAS NEW ATHEIST writers like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are deadly serious, Bill Maher's mockumentary on religion, Religulous, is as funny as Maher's comedy show on HBO. The bulk of the film is a travelogue that begins in Megiddo...
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