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. 18, September 7

After Public Family Feud, Another Schuller Steps Up
Christian author Carole Lewis stands at the front of the congregation, sharing her tale of woe--bankruptcy, a daughter's death, a husband's prostate cancer, a home destroyed by a hurricane. Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman stands nearby, listening attentively....
A Vote for Grant
EARLIER THIS YEAR there was talk in Congress about replacing the picture of Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill with a picture of Ronald Reagan. What I knew about Grant was that he was from Illinois, that he was known as a hard drinker, that he was the...
Baptists Warned of Islamophobia
Christians and Muslims need to recognize that they are "spiritual siblings," said speakers at a recent global Baptist congress in Hawaii, even as they warned fellow Baptists against the signs of Islamophobia displayed in Western countries. "The...
Christian Aid Group Wants to Stay in Afghanistan despite Brutal Killings
The ten-member medical team killed in Afghanistan last month included a German, a Briton and six Americans who brought their varied skills in health care and in regional languages to remote parts of the poverty-stricken country. Several of the volunteers...
Church Growth, Korean Style
When the World Missionary Conference gathered in Edinburgh in 1910, it would have taken real optimism to identify Korea as a prospect for major Christian growth. At that point, Christians made up perhaps 1 percent of the Korean people, and the nation...
Church of God Says Women Can't Be Bishops
The Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) has decided to permit women to serve on local church councils but to maintain its rule that they cannot be ordained as bishops. By a narrow vote during its recent General Assembly, the denomination changed...
Cross and Context: How My Mind Has Changed
FOR SEVEN SPLENDID years (1953-1960) I studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Someone told me that visitors to the seminary were occasionally brought around to the tutors' office, where I worked as a graduate student, in order to glimpse...
Doubts about Prayer: Between Action and Contemplation
I HAVE NEVER felt comfortable praying. I almost feel I should put the word in quotes, as I'm never quite sure that what I do deserves the name. I have a little litany of stations through which I move--thank you, help me, be with, forgive--but mostly...
Eavesdropping
I WAS SITTING at a bar. My wife and I were meeting for dinner after a hard day at work. She'd had demanding clients; I'd just wrapped up a difficult committee meeting at church. I noticed a disheveled and unshaven man in his early fifties a few...
Immutable Right
The First Amendment protection of religious freedom is designed not just to protect the religious traditions that the majority of us like or feel comfortable with. It is meant to protect religious traditions that the majority may find strange or objectionable....
Organic by Necessity: Agriculture in Havana
CUBA IS NOT a free country. It's hard to get around the fact that life is controlled by the state, and with that fact come many problems. There is a sense of collective unhappiness, even despair, which I would attribute to a basic lack of human agency....
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, September 12 Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28,1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10 A FEW YEARS AGO when Tomas wrecked a car, the police didn't care about his immigration status. But times have changed. During a routine traffic stop a few days ago,...
Ruling Overturning Prop 8 Shaped for Higher Courts?
When U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California's Proposition 8--the 2008 ballot initiative to outlaw gay marriage--he said the motivation for the majority of voters was clear. "The evidence shows conclusively that moral and religious...
Songfest: Challenges for a Hymnal Committee
WELL, THEY DIDN'T teach me that in seminary." Young pastors sing this refrain when they face situations that seminaries can't anticipate: How do I conduct a memorial service for the preschool's pet guinea pig, which died at the hands of a student?...
Taking Pen in Hand: A Writer's Life and Faith
MY DESIRE TO write surfaced when I was in my twenties. I did what I thought an aspiring writer should do: I began reading the biographies and autobiographies of writers I admired so that I could imitate--well, not their writing, but certain features...
Ways of Giving: How Churches Think about Money
FISHERMEN USE various baits to get fish to bite. If worms won't do it, then lures might. If lures fail, maybe bits of cheese or hot dogs will do the trick, or perhaps flies or spinners. A good fisherman tailors the bait to the fish and the context....
Wild Grass
Wild Grass Directed by Alain Resnais Starring Sabine Azema and Andre Dussollier What is most startling about the iconic French director Alain Resnais is not that he is still making movies at the age of 88, but that his films still demonstrate...
World Forgetting Somalia, Says Church Aid Alliance
Somalia is a "prime example" of an emergency the world has forgotten, says the ACT Alliance of churches and humanitarian agencies. "With 1.5 million people--just under 10 percent of its population--forced from their homes by fighting, aid relief...

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