The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

A growing number of Nashville-based Christian musicians are discovering that their faith compels them to play and work for social change.

Features

In Central America, Christians are countering gang and government violence armed only with faith and the belief that no one -- not even the worst criminal -- is beyond hope.
Inside Guatemala's gang prisons.
An interview with L'Arche founder Jean Vanier and theologian Stanley Hauerwas.
In a society that glorifies thinness and individualism, the occurrence of eating disorders has risen sharply. How can Christians help heal broken minds and bodies if we idolize those same values?

Commentary

We can't tell if we're making progress without a new poverty measure.
Congo Sabbath Initiative helps churches stand with rape survivors.
Rent-a-jails are no place for immigrants and asylum seekers.

Columns

If we can learn new habits of the heart from this economic crisis, perhaps the suffering can be redemptive.

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

Culture Watch

Major record labels haven't adapted to the wired age -- and they're losing.
A pop culture Word for a pop culture world.
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story, by Diana Butler Bass. HarperOne.
The End of Poverty? written and directed by Philippe Diaz. Cinema Libre Studio.
Excerpt from The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity.
God Drops and Loses Things, by Kilian McDonnell; 15 Days of Prayer, series from New Press; Servant or Sucker, by Beth Templeton; and CompassionArt: Creating Freedom from Poverty, by Martin Smith.

Departments

How the earth now struggles into spring.How the cold hangs on, each morning cracking to begin.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for April.