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. 128, No. 8, April 19

A Lever for Change: Telling the Congregation's Story
WHEN PASTORS attend conferences, they often hear from leaders who work at large churches that exemplify the "best practices." The pastors and staff at these churches are usually gifted speakers who have a passion for ministry. Their cutting-edge ministries...
Amid Messy Politics
IN THE PRESBYTERIAN church of my youth, Palm Sunday barely rated a nod of the head. There might have been a pot of palm fronds up front, but they stayed in the pot. Nobody waved them around. They weren't placed behind a picture of Jesus in the living...
And Jesus Sang
AFTER ALL THIS TIME I thought I knew Jesus really well. Then just last week--preparing to preach at a congregational celebration of word and music--I discovered something unsettling about him. If my concordance is telling the truth, then he never played...
Applying Niebuhr's Ideas Tough Chore for Academics
What happens when the contested legacy of America's most famous 20th-century theologian meets the harsh political realities of the 21st? You end up with questions like whether Reinhold Niebuhr would support waterboarding. It's impossible to know...
Arcade Fire: Anger and Longing
Arcade Fire Anger and longing When Arcade Fire won a Grammy for album of the year in February, lead singer Win Butler came to the podium clinging to his identity as one of the band geeks. "We're gonna go play another song because we like music"--just...
Charitable Giving Stable While Recession Ebbs
Charities are seeing improvements in fund-raising, with fewer charities recording declines in 2010 compared with 2009, according to a recent report. But a larger percentage of organizations said they brought in about the same amount of revenue both...
Cultural Recovery in Haiti
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PULLING WORKS of art from the rubble of buildings destroyed in a disaster may seem trivial compared with providing food, medical care and other humanitarian needs. But Cori Wegener, an associate curator at the Minneapolis...
Global Engagement: How My Mind Has Changed
MY MATERNAL grandfather, M. B. Graham, was an evangelical Methodist preacher who for a time was assigned to a congregation in northern Indiana. A leader in that congregation was James Stackhouse. His son, Dale--my father--won scholarships to DePauw...
Methodists: Drinking Still a Touchy Topic
Pastor James Howell knew he had a problem on his hands when several teenagers arrived at a church dance drunk and had to be taken from the church by ambulance to be treated for alcohol poisoning. Starting in 2009, he urged his flock at Myers Park United...
Most Don't Blame God for Disasters
We may never know why bad things happen to good people, but most Americans--except evangelicals--reject the idea that natural disasters are divine punishment, a test of faith or some other sign from God, according to a new poll. The poll, by Public...
No Common Good?
THE COMMON GOOD is taking a beating. Economic inequality, to cite only the most important measure of social health, has accelerated dramatically in the U.S. since the early 1980s. One percent of the U.S. population holds between 34 and 39 percent of...
Obama Praised, Criticized for Visit to Romero Tomb
President Barack Obama's visit in March to the tomb of the late Oscar Romero, the martyred archbishop who was assassinated 31 years ago, is getting mixed reviews by U.S. commentators. The president was already being rapped for taking a five-day trip...
Of Gods and Men
Of Gods and Men Directed and coscripted by Xavier Beauvois Starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale Although the French film Of Gods and Men is set in Algeria in 1996, it could just as easily be set in any Middle Eastern or African country...
Pain, Prayer, Poetry: An Interview with Christian Wiman
CHRISTIAN WIMAN is a poet and editor of Poetry magazine in Chicago. His most recent book of poems, Every Riven Thing, was published last fall by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Why did you become a poet? Some existential glitch in my brain, I guess--some...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Easter Sunday, April 24 Acts 10:34-43; Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-18 I WAS IN NASHVILLE with colleagues, and a few of us had made our way to the Bluebird Cafe, which might be called the mother church for country music songwriters. A quartet...
Research Disputes 'Facts' on Christian Divorces
It's been proclaimed from pulpits and blogs for years: Christians divorce as much as everyone else in America. But some scholars and family activists are questioning the oft-cited statistics, saying Christians who attend church regularly are more likely...
Resurrected Cathedrals
Imagine a terrifying alternative history of modern Europe: suppose that the Nazis had not only controlled the whole continent but also unleashed a dreadful persecution of the Christian churches. They demolished or desecrated the best-loved monuments...
Tax Benefit
Paying taxes in this country is ordinarily accompanied by much grumbling. Rarely does anyone point out that paying taxes is not just a legal duty but a moral opportunity-because paying taxes is one way each of us supports the common good. Taxation...
The Call Goes on; Dicipleship and Aging
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY my father celebrated his 88th birthday. Later this year, Mom will make a birthday wish for the 87th time. Along with my sisters and brothers, I have witnessed their decline, worried about their frailty and fretted about their future....
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