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. 18, September 9

Christian Broadcasters Nervous about Talk of Reviving Fairness Doctrine
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been making Christian broadcasters nervous. Pelosi (D., Calif.) said this summer that she supports resurrecting the Fairness Doctrine, a 1949 Federal Communications Commission policy that required broadcasters that...
Democrats' Addition to Abortion Stance Lauded by Some Faith Leaders
Progressive evangelical and Catholic leaders voiced their support for the Democratic Party's platform plank on abortion, citing new provisions aimed at reducing the number of abortions by improving women's health care, adoption services and income-support...
Living by the Word: Reflections on the Lectionary
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sunday, September 14 Romans 14:1-12 THE ONENESS OF the church--one Lord, one faith, one baptism--is as integral to being a part of Christ's body as receiving the sacrament of bread and wine. In Romans 14 Paul is writing...
Mennonite Dating Service: An Online Adventure
A FEW MONTHS AGO, I discovered a Mennonite online dating service: MennoMeet (a friend asked, "MennoMeet or MennoMeat?"). It's a members-only network, so to participate you have to apply. Nervous about online dating in the first place, I liked the idea...
Monkey Business
IN TRANSFORMING CHURCH, Kevin Ford tells the story of a scientific experiment involving four monkeys and some bananas at the top of a pole in their cage. At first the monkeys competed against each other for the bananas, and the strongest ones got the...
Notes from the Global Church
Not long ago I was taking a cab from O'Hare Airport to downtown Chicago, and my friendly driver proved to be a Nigerian from the Yoruba people. As the traffic gave us lots of time to talk, I soon found that this man was a pastor of a Nigerian-based...
Power Line
Prayer (I) Prayer the Churches banquet, Angels age, Gods breath in man returning to his birth, The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage, The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth; Engine against th' Almightie, sinner's...
Prayer Lab
Over the past 20 or 30 years many Protestant seminaries have instituted spiritual formation programs that introduce the spiritual disciplines, including prayer, to their students. Borrowing from the history of Catholic spiritual formation, these programs...
Reformed, Disciples Groups Seeking Closer Ties
TWO GLOBAL church bodies of Protestants--the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Disciples Ecumenical Consultative Council--say they are looking to establish a closer relationship. "It is significant that several united churches around the...
Relationship Smarts: A Curriculum on Dating and Marriage
I'M IN A high school classroom talking to Lisa. (I've changed her name and the names of all the students mentioned in this article.) Lisa's hair is dyed black and purple, and she has numerous piercings, including one in her lower lip that bounces as...
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. Directed by Harina Zenovich. The name Roman Polanski conjures up different responses. To many film buffs he is the Polish wunderkind who rocketed out of the Lodz film school in Poland to direct the dark and mysterious...
Shakers Cling to Life-And No, They Don't Just Make Furniture
Arnold Hadd is the last Shaker man on Earth. And you can find him and three "sisters" in the dwindling faith group living on the hilly farmland near Sabbathday Lake, southwest of Lewiston, Maine. A polite man, Hadd is simple in his speech, still...
Shattered Hearts: AIDS Orphans in Zambia
"We did not know that a child can mourn and grieve. We thought they were too small to understand what had happened." "We did not know that children go grieving for a long period.... I never used to understand the behavior of orphans." "We never...
Summertime Assortment
THERE ARE ALWAYS far more books than there are hours for reading, so I try to strike a balance between what I think I need to read and what I know I'll simply enjoy. In the former category this summer is Lamin Sanneh's Disciples of All Nations: Pillars...
Three Resources for Christian Formation
You pays your money and you takes your choice." Several generations of students at Duke Divinity School have heard James "Mickey" Efird use those carnivalesque words to conclude debates over the meaning of a biblical passage. The words take on a new...
'Ugly' Washington Church Files Suit to Challenge Its Historic Designation Status
A Christian Science church that some have called the ugliest church in Washington, D.C., has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the historic landmark designation on the windowless 37-year-old building. Leaders of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist,...
Warren's Forum Aims for 'Civility'
With a California megachurch as the setting for their first joint campaign appearance, Republican John McCain gave crisp, campaign-tested responses, and Democrat Barack Obama offered nuanced replies to questions on religion, character, leadership and...

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