The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Hurricane Katrina opened the eyes of many to the reality of poverty in America. Will we take responsibility for the poor in our land of plenty?

Features

The author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and essays muses on farming as a writer and writing as a farmer.
Censorship, banning, blacklists: What's lost when governments stifle musical expression?
A trip to Africa produces a holy shake-up, and a new tune, for Jars of Clay.
Themes of faith, justice, and fantasy mark the world of teen reads.

Commentary

Finding the Other in word and song.

Columns

The Democrats can't even muster the gumption to oppose a government of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy.

Ever notice how the great novels tend to be really long?

Culture Watch

Music for the journey
Books to stir your mind, heart, and soul.
The suffering and salvation of New Orleans.

Departments

Whenever you helped the needy - or ignored the poor - Jesus said, "you did it to me."
The t's were crossed and i's dotted for this issue with our special focus on books and music when Hurricane Katrina roared into the Gulf Coast stringing houses, cars, and boats together like so ma