The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

A Presbyterian split would be a serious setback for Reformed orthodoxy.
What if instead of bemoaning our estrangement, we embraced it as a gift?


Is there a nonviolent way to overthrow dictators and achieve democracy?
Rather than stopping illegal entry, the 5-mile-long border fence dividing Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico, resulted in the deaths of at least 370 people in 2003.
Faith-based initiatives tackle the affordable housing crisis.
An interview with Philip Yancey, the best-selling Christian author who is surprised at how much he gets away with.


The bill will force millions to pay more for drugs, not less.
There are things in life worth being for--and things worth being against.
Where would Jesus shop? Not Wal-Mart.


The Democrats just got some bad news on religion.

Personal integrity, it seems, has become an endangered species.

When I want to see live gospel stories, I go to the Amoco station at 14th and Euclid in my Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

The Bible has one problem: They left out half the good stuff.

Culture Watch

The quiet outrage of James Nachtwey's photography.
Sam Phillips spread the blues, broke racial barriers - and left a mixed legacy.
Our Lady of the Forest, by David Guterson.
Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism, by Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence.
The Earth Moves at Midnight, by Muray Bodo


Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Best-selling writer Philip Yancey has described himself as at times a reluctant Christian, plagued by doubts and 'in recovery' from bad church encounters.