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. 7, April 8

Beloved Community
TRINITY UNITED Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago has received a great deal of media attention because one of its members is presidential candidate Barack Obama. The head pastor of the 8,000-member church is Otis Moss III, 36, a graduate...
Despite Church Pleas, Bush Vetoes Bill to Ban Harsh Interrogation
Calling tough interrogation methods a "valuable tool" in the war on terrorism, President Bush last month vetoed a bill to outlaw waterboarding in a rebuke to congressional Democrats and mainstream church leaders, including signers of a "United Methodists...
Episcopal Seminaries Adjust to Realities
The deans of Episcopal seminaries warned bishops and other church leaders last year that their theological schools must deal creatively with hard financial realities. The schools can no longer function separately as "11 little grocery stores trying...
Glimpsing the Future
WHILE ATTENDING a conference in Hong Kong I spent a free afternoon looking for signs of the vibrant Asian Christianity that we've heard so much about recently. If writers such as Philip Jenkins (The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity)...
Good Sermon, Reverend
MARTIN COPENHAVER'S insightful "Handshake ritual" (p. 22) catches the preacher's attention. The more I am in this business the more ambivalent I feel about the traditional ritual of greeting worshipers after the service. I know myself well enough to...
Handshake Ritual: Ministry at the Church Door
WORSHIP IS OVER and I am standing in the doorway shaking hands. In front of me is a couple I do not recall seeing before. I say, "Good morning! I'm Martin Copenhaver." By my manner and my tone of voice you might think that I am greeting long-lost friends,...
Juno
Juno. Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Ellen Page and Michael Cera. Diablo Cody won an Academy Award for her screenplay for Juno, and it's true that the film bubbles along on the strength of the snappy, frank commentary that Juno (Ellen Page)...
Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, April 13 Acts 2:42-47 I HAVE ABSOLUTELY nothing new to say about the 23rd Psalm or the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John, and most readers have little need to rehash what they've already learned. What I don't know much about, and what...
McCain Seeks Support of GOP Conservatives
Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president despite opposition from Focus on the Family leader James Dobson and talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, traveled to New Orleans last month seeking support from conservative true believers....
Naming God
ONE OF OUR family hobbies is to tackle new languages at the dinner table or on trips or in odd moments before bed. I can't say we've made great strides, but we have ventured far enough to decipher Old English futhark and cry hwaet! as needed, write...
Salvation Workout: How I Found the Virtues
LATELY I'VE BEEN getting invitations to speak to youth about the virtues, so I've been trying to recall my own early training on the subject. I grew up in a Lutheran church, and much of who I am can be traced back to those second- and third-generation...
Southern Baptist Group Shifts Position on Climate
A group of Southern Baptist leaders has launched a new initiative on the environment, saying that their denomination's past declarations have been "too timid." "We believe our current denominational resolutions and engagement with these issues have...
The Counterfeiters
The Counterfeiters. Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky. The Austrian picture The Counterfeiters, which won this year's Academy Award for best foreign film, dramatizes yet another little-known story of the Holocaust. In "Operation Bernhard" the Nazis...
The Fixer-Upper Church
WHEN I GO to church these +days, I have to walk on makeshift sidewalks alongside walls of plywood boards that surround a construction area, and underneath heavy-duty scaffolding that juts out over the building's front steps and up to the base of the...
Tortured Logic
Though President Bush has repeatedly maintained that the U.S. does not engage in torture, his administration continues to equivocate. It has insisted that terrorists need not be treated like ordinary combatants. It has admitted to practicing waterboarding...