The Common Good

Table of Contents

Cover Story

Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, speaks truth to power with silliness, outrage, and a whole lotta laughs. But is he a prophet?

Features

Ancient Christian practices are finding a home in post-modern Christianity.
Seventeen activists and church leaders talk about the disciplines that keep them girded for the struggle.
How I learned the real meaning of strength -- from the unlikeliest of people.

Commentary

A conservative argues for abolishing the death penalty.
Going beyond the blind spots.
What's in a word? Plenty.
Torture leaves wounds that are slow to heal.

Columns

Our Mobilization to End Poverty this spring brought together nearly 1,200 Christian leaders and grassroots activists from around the country committed to overcoming poverty.

I loved that movie with Mandy Moore about a terminally ill preacher’s daughter who tutored a rebellious peer.

Winning can be nearly as hard as losing. Everything changed for the American environmental movement with Barack Obama’s victory.

Patience may be a virtue, but it’s definitely not my strong suit. I hate to wait. H-A-T-E it.

I dreamt last night I was being deployed to Iraq.

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.

Culture Watch

Christian radio finds a new audience -- outside the church.
American Violet, directed by Tim Disney. Uncommon Productions.
Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power, and Strategy in the Peace Movement, by Lynne M. Woehrle, Patrick G. Coy, and Gregory M. Maney. Rowman & Littlefield.
A journalist explores the science of spirituality.
When I began writing this column back in 1985, my page could hold up to 1,000 words. Over the years that number has shrunk, first to 800, then 700.
Now that most filmed records of human life are made by amateurs—the growth of YouTube and other forms of uploading moving images is the most influential recent development in cinema—we
Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings, by Francis McDonagh; Where Mercy Fails: Darfur's Struggle to Survive, by Chris Herlinger; The Economics of Honor, by Roelf Hann; and Albert Schweitzer: Call to Africa, by Martin Doblmeier.

Departments

To you who are lost today like a needle in a haystack, reading this poem alone. Alone, brother island, sister moon. The ocean is big,
“Food deserts,” neighborhoods where people must walk at least a mile or drive 30 miles to access a grocery store, are rife in both urban and rural areas throughout the U.S.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for July.