The Common Good

Articles By Ed Spivey Jr.

As summer approaches, I look forward to the day, sometime in late July, when all the snow will finally be gone from Washington, D.C.
'Opening the floodgates' for Happy Meals
It was a very special day, and I chose my necktie accordingly, a selection made easier by the fact that I only have two.
I’ve been surfing the Internet, looking for ways to escape the coming apocalypse that ancient Mayans, using science available at the time, predicted for two years from now.
The new year is dawning brightly—usually too brightly, depending on how late you stayed up on New Year’s Eve—and it is filled with hope and the unlimited possibility of a fresh st
This being December, many of you are starting to go through closets finding raiment suitable for the children to wear in the upcoming church Christmas pageant.
While purchasing a slingshot recently, I began to wonder what message this might be sending to my credit card company, a business that pays special attention to my spending habits out of what I use
This month’s cover story is about sex, and there is nothing I can add to the topic that would not violate the rules of my parole, except to mention that a Nevada senator—who single-hand
With all the mixed signals we've been getting these days about the use of torture, it's hard to know what to believe.
With all the mixed signals we’ve been getting these days about the use of torture, it’s hard to know what to believe.
This is my first column in our bold new magazine design, which was created to bring state-of-the-art publishing innovations to our readers. Also, we were bored with the old design.
This is my first column in our bold new magazine design, which was created to bring state-of-the-art publishing innovations to our readers. Also, we were bored with the old design.
As I sit at my desk thinking up innovative ideas for the coming decade—MacArthur Mediocrity Grants, AIG offices relocating to Guan­tanamo, AIDS awareness seminars for the pope (“I d
Ed Spivey Jr., Sojourners magazine's award-winning art director and humor columnist, laments his rapidly shrinking newspaper and considers the future of the 24-hour news cycle.
I hold in my hand a printout of the e-mail I just received from Barack Obama.
I hold in my hand a printout of the e-mail I just received from Barack Obama.
With the nation facing fiscal uncertainty (actually, complete and absolute certainty—just like the in­evi­table wedgie I got every day in junior-high gym class), maybe it&rsq
Being the trusting sort, I clicked on the link. Life is different now.
Ed Spivey Jr.'s latest H'rumphs video chronicles his misadventures on the latest social networking craze, Facebook. Listen in to the hilarity that ensues after Ed finally "becomes a friend."
The International Space Station is a cramped scientific laboratory orbiting in an environment where temperatures on a good day top out at minus 273 degrees Celsius.
Sojourners Art Director and resident humor columnist Ed Spivey Jr. takes on the most recent addition to the International Space Station: a second bathroom.
Made you look. Anyway, the world economy continues to spin downward despite my previous column on the subject, which was intended to bring needed comic relief to struggling world markets.
Sojourners' Art Director and resident humor columnist Ed Spivey Jr. takes on the economic crisis, former Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld, and muffins in this month's H'rumphs.
The following is an excerpt from economic philosopher Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations treatise, one of the driving intellectual forces behind contemporary market theory.
Editor’s Note: Okay, Ed, the lawyer has finished looking through your column to make sure it’s totally nonpartisan and that it doesn’t favor or oppose either candidate.
Putting stickers on cars is a different kind of superpower.
It's Ordinary Days, the Miller Time of the liturgical year.
The Supreme Court is about to rule on guns. Be afraid.
Here at Sojourners, we neither toil nor spin.
Worried about your financial future? Have a Life Saver.
The voice of the people. Even the crazy ones.
The Prosperity Gospel lets us have our cake and eat it, too. Also cookies. And donuts.
Our private contractors have sacrificed enough in Iraq.
Someone foolishly suggested I should actually play in public.
As the election season progresses and the inevitable wreckage shows up on the side of the road—Gilmore who?
Our neighborhood has changed. It's now delicious.
Only one man can beat Fred Thompson in the 2008 race.
Is this the end of productive society as we know it?
3,000 coffees to go please. And one decaf.
Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Although, some less so than others.
We cannot rest on our laurel, once we find out what it is.
Which sounds better, President Newt or President Mitt?
Just try to play the violin under a low-hanging ceiling fan.
It was a year to remember. (Do we have to?)
Detroit: Our top story today is the recall of 7.4 million sport utility vehicles after General Motors technicians discovered they consume unconscionably high quantities of fuel.
Welcoming al Qaeda's dynamic new leader in Iraq.