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. 127, No. 15, July 27

A Word of Courage
FOR SOME OF US, small talk is a land mine. For those of us who are barren, the innocent inquiry, "Do you have children?" is far from small. I used to answer no, but the inevitable, miserable silence that followed led me to change my answer. Now I quickly...
Christian Reformed Church Regrets Clergy Sex Abuse, Adopts New Policies
The Christian Reformed Church has acknowledged its failures in dealing with victims of clergy sexual abuse and has passed recommendations aimed at improving awareness, prevention and justice. At the CRC's annual Synod, meeting recently in Palos...
Cloud and Fire
MARTHA TIDWELL SAT before me wearing a blue pants suit and a weary face. Four years ago she left her high-paying job as an accountant after having discerned, with her church's help, that she was called by God to begin the process of becoming a pastor....
Congregations Start Own Humanitarian Agencies
Members of Metro Community Church in Englewood, New Jersey, support the missionaries sent to the Congo by their denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church, but going to distant Africa can be a dangerous trip, in the view of the 400-member flock....
Does Size Matter?
What exactly is a megachurch--aside from a church with more than 2,000 weekly worshipers? Several years ago, in a book titled Beyond Megachurch Myths, Scott Thumma and Dave Travis noted that megachurches come in various flavors. Some are homogeneous,...
Going Mega
THE EVER-GROWING phenomenon of the megachurch continues to elicit study from researchers intrigued by how these huge congregational complexes--with more than 2,000 adults and children attending church on a weekend (using the usual definition)--market...
High Court Rules against Christian Club on Campus
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Christian student group must accept gays and non-Christians as members if it wants to be officially recognized by a public university. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court's 5-4 majority, said...
Homeowners Weigh Ethics of Defaulting on Mortgages
Lynn Thompson quit paying the mortgage on her investment property--not because she couldn't afford the payments, but because she thinks walking away is better for her long-term financial health. Thompson bought the property in Orlando, Florida,...
Just Demands
MOST OF US are aware of North American--based Christian organizations doing relief and development work in various parts of the so-called Third World, World Vision being the largest and perhaps the best known. Some of us are aware of North American--based...
Living by the Word
Sunday, August 1 Hosea 11:1-11 "BROTHERS AND SISTERS, if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Let us therefore join our hearts together in prayer...." With these words, I invite my congregation into a spirit...
My Grandfather's Faith
MY GRANDFATHER was the Reverend Calvin Titus Perkins, known by all as C.T. He was a Southern Baptist evangelist--a traveling preacher in Oklahoma, the former Indian Territory. He arrived, when he was a very young boy and it was a very young state,...
News Corp Sells Beliefnet to Small Media Company
A small Virginia-based media company that specializes in channeling a portion of consumer spending to charity has acquired Beliefnet, a leading online Web site devoted to multifaith news, commentary and inspirational content. The buyer, BN Media...
Oversized Expectations
THEY WERE VISITORS in our worship service and, like all visitors in a small church, they were not hard to spot. I could see from the looks on their faces that whatever they were looking for in a church, we didn't have it. When we all stood to sing...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, August 8 Luke 12:32-40 MY GRANDMOTHER'S NAME is Nellie Caroline Myer. In her prime she was a force to be reckoned with: tall, full-figured and bold. She loved a good hat, a pretty dress and fire-engine-red lipstick. In the 1950s and...
Reformed Communion Urged to Leave Geneva
A GLOBAL Protestant body should move its headquarters out of Geneva to cuts costs and to follow the global shift of Christianity to the Southern Hemisphere, says a U.S. Reformed church leader. Addressing the founding meeting of the World Communion...
Religion Scholars Agree to Resume Joint Meetings
The largest academic organizations focusing on religion and biblical studies have formally mended a seven-year rift and will resume next year their concurrent annual meetings that in the past brought about 10,000 professors and graduate students together...
Seminaries in a Multifaith Setting
Officials at the Claremont School of Theology, which has a long-term project to create a multi-faith university and seminary campus, breathed a sigh of relief in late June when United Methodist Church agencies released about $350,000 in funding and...
The Patriarch Next Door
IN THIS ISSUE, Krista Tippett recalls that as a teen she was eager to leave Oklahoma and a Southern Baptist grandfather who represented a "small, closed world defined by judgment." According to him, "Every Catholic and Jew, every atheist in China and...
TV's True Golden Age
The 1950s and 1960s are often cited as the golden age of television. Those were the days when comedians such as Groucho Marx and writers such as Rod Serling worked in the business. That era produced many programs that still bear rewatching (The Dick...
Winter's Bone
Winter's Bone Directed by Debra Granik Starring Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes In authenticity can come in a variety of forms. Debra Granik's Winter's Bone, which she and Anne Rosellini adapted from a Daniel Woodrell novel, bends over backward...

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