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. 124, No. 9, May 1

Best Sellers
Oxford University Press 1. Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: The Followers of Jesus in History and Legend by Bart D. Ehrman 2. The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A New Look at Betrayer and Betrayed by Bart D. Ehrman 3. Lost Scriptures:...
Brainstorm
IN 1992 I HAD a clinical depression. It was a long time in coming, but in hindsight it was inevitable. I was the pastor of a struggling, urban church where the turnover rate was about 25 percent every fall. We did amazing things for a church our size,...
Christian Yoga
ONCE AGAIN IT was a Lent of loopholes, of minor sacrifices deferred by family travels and travails and of minor irritations unredeemed, so that as Palm Sunday drew near it caught me in need of a new beginning, in want of a jump start. I found that...
E-Mails to Families Form Shrines to Fallen U.S. Soldiers
It happens every time a U.S. soldier or marine dies in Iraq. Internet connections are shut down. Commanders don't want word of the death to reach the soldier's family before military officials can personally deliver the news. Once the knock at the...
Gay Man in UMC Case Welcomed as Member This Time
The openly gay Virginia man who was at the center of a high-profile court case after he was denied membership in a United Methodist church has been accepted into membership under the church's new pastor. Barry Burkholder, current pastor of South...
Living by the Word: Poolside Healing
Sunday, May 13 John 5:1-9 IN JOHN 5, festival scenes in the holy city are juxtaposed with the view of five porticoes full of invalids. Imagine dropping by the nursing home on your way to Christmas Eve services. One place is festive, filled with...
Living by the Word: Up and Out
Sunday, May 20 Luke 24:44-53 A WORSHIP PROFESSOR voices frustration at students who conclude a Gospel reading with "Here ends the Gospel." "The gospel doesn't end," my colleague insists. "The gospel is the good news--then and now!" Reading the endings...
Loss and Recovery
AS AN ATTEMPT to address the realities of post-9/11 trauma, Reign Over Me is so misbegotten that it trivializes the subject. Adam Sandier plays Charlie Fineman, who has retreated from his life after losing his wife and daughters in the attacks. He...
Mysteries & Morals: The Historical Fiction of C. J. Sansom
LUPUS EST HOMO HOMINI (man is wolf to man) is a declaration first made by the Roman playwright Plautus (254-184 BC) and repeated by Thomas Hobbes in his Leviathan (1688). Both authors were convinced that human beings prey on each other like beasts....
Obama Has Edge over Clinton with Mainline Protestant Democrats
White mainline Protestants who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning voters favored Senator Barack Obama (D., Ill.) slightly over Senator Hillary Clinton (D., N.Y.), 27 percent to 24 percent, as the party's nominee for president in a late March national...
Posttraumatic Christians
LAST NOVEMBER I traveled to a restful location outside of Kampala, Uganda, to spend three days with African Christian leaders who are trying to address the destructive conflicts in their countries. They represented a "United Nations" of Christian denominations...
Relief Groups Push Water Projects
A FLEDGLING COALITION of religious groups is trying to show Americans that for too many people worldwide, clean drinking water isn't as close as the kitchen tap. With more than 1 billion people in developing countries lacking readily available safe...
Religion News Vies for Space as Newspapers Downsize
The Dallas Morning News recently received the Religion Communicators Council award for the nation's best religion section. It was the 10th time in 11 years that the News had won, and it has reaped similar prizes in annual Religion Newswriters Association...
Spanking Away Sin
LAST YEAR a four-year-old boy named Sean Paddock died in North Carolina after he was struck with a plumbing supply line, then tightly wrapped in blankets. His mother was punishing him for getting out of bed. She was a follower of Michael and Debi Pearl,...
Talk Back
IT HAS BECOME common in political circles of late to refuse even to talk with one's enemies. President Bush refuses to talk with Syria's president Bashir Assad. Tom DeLay, back on the political scene as a blogger, scoffed when asked to explain why...
Trademark Gospel[R]
PRINCIPIO DO EVANGELHO[R] de Jesus Cristo, Filho de Deus, is the Portuguese translation of Mark 1:1, "Here begins the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God." Joao Ferreira translated it in 1884. But in Brazil, you could be in trouble before you even...
Vatican and Israel at an Impasse over Property Rights
When Israel's foreign ministry canceled a meeting with Vatican officials scheduled for early spring in Rome, the official reason given was the pressure of "international political events." To be sure, the Middle East has recently seen a flurry of...
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