As flooding intensifies, open-river baptisms are becoming more dangerous in places like South Africa, where more than a dozen people drowned in a church ceremony last month.
A religious historian looks back at how 20th-century Mexican laborers on California farms embraced Pentecostalism.
Honoring multiethnicity and diversity is a powerful and joyful part of the church’s witness.
Behind the story
Throughout January, we’ve been sharing pieces from CT’s annual books issue, and the two most-read articles across the site have been a report on author Karen Kingsbury’s new film production studio and a profile of the pipe-smoking, motorcycle-riding Christian poet Malcolm Guite. We knew CT readers have a soft spot for all things books, and this month the numbers prove it.
Of course, we’ve also been featuring excerpts from our annual CT Book Awards winners, like today’s piece from The Race-Wise Family. The magazine is giving away a bundle that includes that title as well as the rest of this year’s winning books. The contest ends at the end of the month, which is just a week away (we know, January is flying by). Enter for free here.
In other news
A proposed regulatory change would roll back a Trump administration policy that allowed federally funded faith-based groups to require attendance at religious programming.
A Lutheran church in Jerusalem has ordained the first Palestinian female pastor. She joins just a handful of female pastors in the Middle East, including two women who were ordained in Syria and Lebanon five years ago.
A scholar believes she has found a new poem (maybe two?) by Phillis Wheatley, a revivalist Christian who was the first Black person to publish poetry in North America.