The Common Good

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Cover Story

America's religious communities and the battle over government.
The church consensus is solidifying on the need to save the planet.
Taking the church's temperature on health care.
The biggest obstacle to proper preparedness might well be ideology.
Individual efforts and social responsibility go hand-in-hand.
A biblical perspective on the role of government.


Megachurch leaders Kay Waren and Lynne Hybels confront the challenges of HIV/AIDS, personally and globally.
Forty years after Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the "Beyond Vietnam" speech, what does it mean for America today? A conversation with historian and scholar Vincent G. Harding.
The ongoing truth of King's vision.
What does the cross tell us about the ethics of capital punishment?
Capital punishment is about vengeance, not justice.
How can Christian live out the commands of Mathew 25 - without the pity?
On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most important speeches in American history.


Bush's costly, illegal, and dangerous weapons buildup.
The faith community will need to step up its role as protectors of creation.
What does it mean to use life to give life?


Scripture suggests a clear role for government in ensuring the common good.

Bewilderment is not momentary confusion. It is becoming fundamentally displaced.

We cannot rest on our laurel, once we find out what it is.

Culture Watch

Three evangelicals on the challenges of Israel-Palestine.
These are the anti-megachurches.
There are few words thornier than "evangelical." It's a broad category that includes fundamentalists; it's also a reaction against fundamentalism.


"The wind blows wherever it pleases." Word? The scene is played out. We need some Eden! Were Abba the DJ, He'd spin hymns To slay.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary Cycle C.
When it comes to figuring out the appropriate role of the government in addressing our most pressing social ills, opinions among people of faith cross the spectrum: Some say government should play a c