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ReadTheSpirit Planner for the week of April 21:
coloring their logos green and evangelicals are pushing the issue
harder than mainliners — it’s clear that Earth Day’s message is
ringing loudly across the land. But, this question is larger than Earth
Day! Passover, the Pope and the Dalai Lama all are shaping our answers
to this question.
after Passover, April 27, the National Geographic Channel and the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Museum are debuting a stunning documentary about the
Auschwitz photo album that sparked headlines when it came to light last
year. These are newly discovered photos of death-camp officials in
their off hours — and the hour-long film poses challenging spiritual
questions for all of us. This is our top story today.
of popular spiritual writers will sweep into stores, including Richard
J. Foster, Geri Larkin, J. Brent Bill, Jack Kornfeld, Joan Chittister,
J. Philip Newell and a new edition of Parker Palmer. Watch our daily
pages for news, reviews and interviews with leading writers.
Brian McLaren almost seems to be wearing out his name — writing blurbs
and prefaces and articles everywhere we turn. It’s possible you may
“know” him but may not have read his core works. Watch for new
paperback editions very soon of “A New Kind of Christian,” “The Story
We Find Ourselves In” and “The Last Word and the Word After That.”
Learn why this guy became so popular.
includes some heavy-duty spiritual themes! Two important new books are
tackling “original sin” — J. Philip Newell in “Christ of the Celts:
The Healing of Creation” and Alan Jacobs in a book he calls, “Original
Sin: A Cultural History.” Then, N.T. Wright takes on “resurrection” in
“Surprised by Hope” while a couple of heavy hitters from Harvard, Kevin
Madigan and Jon Levenson develop a Christian-Jewish dialogue in
“Resurrection: The Power of God for Christians and Jews.”
we’re reporting from the front lines in the global revolution in
communication. And, just like major “gaps” in the ’50s and ’60s,
there’s a major Kindle Gap in the digital war for religious readers! My
Amazon-Kindle finally arrived a few days ago — after one of those
infamous Kindle shipping delays — and the first 3 items on my shopping
list for this new digital reader were: a complete NRSV Bible, C.S.
Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” (which is red hot right now), and Tony Campolo’s very important recent book, “God of Intimacy and Action.“
envision a lot of spiritually minded readers buying this costly device
– then finding more frustration than inspiration.
is part of an extremely elaborate fake magazine hitting stores now –
an effort by the Harvard Lampoon to ask: “So, is Earth Day really a
hoot, or what?” And, “How can we get R-rated photos into the
of the Lampoon, but am scratching my head over such an expensive
magazine turning ecological awareness into a sex joke. And, speaking of
the Dalai Lama, he’s skewered with a few un-funny shots, too.
National Geographic seem to be taking this in stride. There’s a
one-page ad for the real magazine inside this joke issue, headlined:
“Congratulations Harvard Lampoon. Some people mock the world … Others
explore it. National Geographic.”
- PASSOVER: The Return of Houdini — Superman of “Self-Liberation”
- PASSOVER Prayer Crosses 150 Years; Now Circles the World
- PASSOVER Conversation With “The Adventure Rabbi”
- Prayers and Eager Hands Rise Around the World for Earth Day
- Who’s Spiritually Embracing Earth Day? You may be surprised!
- Must Religious Leaders Be Human? Caspian’s Narnia Friends Pop Up!
- For Evangelicals, a Very Tough Spring or a Bright New Dawn
- Conversation With a Peace-Warrior on Why We Need Interfaith Heroes
- Charlton Heston Quiz: Do You Know The Iconic Spiritual Hero?
- A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the … Vatican