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Beauty as Antidote
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins If beauty heals the world, and the best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better, who's up for demanding a ...

ICYMI: Vampire Weekend Wrestle with Faith ... Wait, Really?
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 1:50pm | Type: Blog

On this album, the third in what Koenig sees as a trilogy, Vampire Weekend manage to mature their poppy, eclectic sound, drawing from all sorts of genres and international songs — as they normally do — but als ...

Children of the Street
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Bobbi Buchanan Anonymity. Köhler Books INTRIGUING AND believable characters are part of what makes Janna McMa ...

Wounding and Welcome in the Church
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Howard Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper TWO Y ...

The Preciousness of the Person
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Valerie Elverton Dixon The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future. Wm. B. Eerdmans Pu ...

Transcending a Genocidal God
Originally Posted: 06/12/2013 - 9:49am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins The History Channel's The Bible, like so much of so-callled "religious pop culture," seemed to be the produ ...

Old School Harmonies, Hold the Irony
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Brittany Shoot Then Sings My Soul: The Culture of Southern Gospel Music. University of Illinois Press IF YOU ...

Pursuing Grace, Onstage and Off
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Christine A. Scheller Laughter is Sacred Space: The Not-So-Typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor. Herald Press ...

With Piercing Wit and Deep Affection
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Magazine Article

Jason Byassee When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Suprising Places, Even the Church. Jericho Books ...

The Endlessly Fascinating Word
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Whether you're preaching the Bible, teaching it, or reading it on your own, there are always new facets to be revealed. ...

Relearning to Read
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Jung Pyo Hong Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture. Westminster John Knox DREAMS CA ...

Blessed Fiction
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Novels to stretch the mind and heart. Glorybound, by Jessie van Eerden. WordFarm. A luminou ...

And Now for Something Different
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg The Woman Who Died A Lot. Viking Adult WHEN A COLLEAGUE told me Sojourners had receive ...

Converted, But Still Wrestling
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicism. Ave Maria Press SOME BOOKS ...

An Unhindered Hope
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Kate MacIsaac Making Friends Among the Taliban: A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan. Herald Press ...

The Church's Alternative Currency
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes The Economy for Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World. Baker Academic DANIE ...

A Deeper Engagement
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Wes Granberg-Michaelson Bible, Gender, Sexuality calls us to a more honest dialogue about scripture's meaning for us today. ...

A Tropical Quest
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Mercer University Press. ...

To Protect and To Heal
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 11:45am | Type: Magazine Article

Aimee Kang The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church's Response. Fortress Press. OVER DINN ...

Getting to Green
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth's Climate. New Society. IN THE FO ...

Sleeper Awake!
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Will O'Brien Unto Us the Sun by Aimee Wilson. Self-released. IN THE TITLE song of Aimee Wilson's ne ...

Crossing the Belief Divide
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the R ...

Top 10 of 2012
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Here's my list of the best films released in 2012. THE BEST experiences I had at the cine ...

The Fracture of Good Order
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Forest The Catonsville Nine: A Story of Faith and Resistance in the Vietnam Era. Oxford University Press ...

Power and the Poor
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Wilkes The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. SmileyBooks THE RICH AND THE REST OF US i ...

ICYMI: Andrew Bird's 'Hands of Glory'
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

If you were overwhelmed by all that election business, you might have forgotten that October just happened, and with it came a new release from one of my personal favorite musicians, Andrew Bird. ...

'Lincoln:' An Honestly Good Movie
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

A review of the new movie 'Lincoln.' Abraham Lincoln was a storyteller, so it’s fitting that his story has been hashed out on the silver screen — without  vampires ...

Freelance Whales Treat Washington, D.C.
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 9:38am | Type: Blog

Freelance Whales’ performance on Wednesday was a bit like my experience with Hurricane Sandy: One minute was jubilation at the prospect of no work for two days, and the next minute was a mellowed out restlessn ...

Mumford & Sons Stick to Their Guns
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

A review of Mumford & Sons sophomore album, Babel. “Are Mumford & Sons as big in America as they are here?” my English friend asked me a year ago over a pint at a pub on ...

The Story of Everything
Originally Posted: 09/13/2011 - 2:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick. Fox Searchlight Pictures. Terrence Malik's ...

Vanquishing Jane Crow
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 1:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lauren F. Winner The Dream is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith, by Sarah Azaransky. Civil ...

Agenda-Driven Biography
Originally Posted: 04/21/2011 - 2:59pm | Type: Magazine Article

Nancy Lukens Two very different tellings of the life and times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer ...

Songs of Funk and Freedom
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Abayea Pelt The ArchAndroid, by Janelle Monáe, Atlantic Records. If footage of ever-expanding plumes of oil an ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Consider All the Works Consider All the Works In The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bib ...

Love, No Matter What
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Aaron McCarroll Gallegos Tattoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle. Free Press. FULL DISCLOSURE: I teared up near ...

Once Was Lost
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr. HarperCollins. At this point, recovery memoirs are a dime a d ...

Paths to Freedom
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins It’s ironic that the explosive, high-budget thrill rides understand so little about their own themes. ...

Seeding Hope
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Becky Garrison Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes all the Difference, by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. Harper One. ...

The End of Empire?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

César J. Baldelomar The Future of Faith, by Harvey Cox. HarperOne. Not too long ago, with the rise of science ...

Beauty from Ashes
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Onleilove Alston The BQE, by Sufjan Stevens. Asthmatic Kitty Records. Though many know multi-instrumentalist s ...

Waging Virtue
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Allyne Smith Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church Rather Than the State, by Daniel M. Bell Jr. Bra ...

Looking for Revelation
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins It’s the end of the world for Denzel Washington in The Book of Eli, one of the legion of recent films (including one actual ...

The Lens of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tom Getman With God on Our Side, directed by Porter Speakman Jr. (Rooftop Productions) A mood change in Americ ...

The Seen and Unseen
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:48pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Forest City of Belief, by Nicole d'Entremont In 1965, Nicole d’Entremont, a not-quite college graduat ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Blessed Are … Blessed Are … In Claiming the Beatitudes: Nine Stories from a New Generatio ...

Post-Apocalyptic Hope
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 4:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Cormac McCarthy’s novels are the Ecclesiastes of postmodern American literature—finely wrought chunks of sparseness in whic ...

Solidarity and Retreat
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 1:45pm | Type: Magazine Article

César J. Baldelomar Solitude and Compassion: The Path to the Heart of the Gospel, by Gus Gordon. Orbis. Workin ...

On Film: Selective Storytelling
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 1:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Another look at Gone with the Wind. Gone with the Wind was released last fall in a detailed ...

Becoming David
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kevin Lum Why David Sometimes Wins, by Marshall Ganz. Oxford University Press. Nearly a year before the 2008 p ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh The Sant'Egidio Book of Prayer, by Angela Riccardi; Peaceful Heroes, by Jonah Winter; Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years o ...