She Stood for the Quotidian: Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941 – 2013)
Marc LiVecche, The Gospel Coalition

Jean Bethke Elshtain’s true professional measure is taken elsewhere, perhaps, if I might suggest, in this: she worked where life was lived.

Minnesota churches preparing for gay weddings — re-crafting parts of the service
Rose French, Star Tribune

Houses of worship that recognize same-sex unions are adjusting to the redefinition of marriage in Minnesota beginning this month. The new dynamics require new language — no more “I now pronounce you man and wife” — and ceremonial changes.

The Root of Evil
William T. Cavanaugh, America

Does religion promote violence?

Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Crisis Magazine

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.