April 2007

Cover Story

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

Feature

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.
On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most important speeches in American history.
The ongoing truth of King's vision.
What does the cross tell us about the ethics of capital punishment?
Megachurch leaders Kay Waren and Lynne Hybels confront the challenges of HIV/AIDS, personally and globally.
Capital punishment is about vengeance, not justice.
How can Christian live out the commands of Mathew 25 - without the pity?

Commentary

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?

Columns

Bewilderment is not momentary confusion. It is becoming fundamentally displaced.
Scripture suggests a clear role for government in ensuring the common good.
We cannot rest on our laurel, once we find out what it is.
by: Ed Spivey

Culture Watch

Some activists possess a certain quality that's hard to put your finger on; you just know it when you see it.
by: Amy Ard
There are few words thornier than "evangelical." It's a broad category that includes fundamentalists; it's also a reaction against fundamentalism.
These are the anti-megachurches.
Three evangelicals on the challenges of Israel-Palestine.

Departments

BeadforLife has helped roll hundreds of Ugandan families out of poverty by training HIV-positive women and refugees in the art of bead rolling.
Let all creation praise! Worried that your pooch won't come with you at the rapture? Anxious that the piety crowd might think your four-legged life partner is short on salvation?
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary Cycle C.
In "School of Shame" (February 2007), the author addresses the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in a way that is deceitful and false and libels the good people who wo
Toronto-based Anglicans met in November to discuss restorative justice models in the criminal justice system, especially in light of the new Canadian administration's promise to be "tough on crime.
I was disappointed with Sojourners on reading "Family Matters" (by Julie Polter, January 2007).
"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.
Since the industrial revolution, cities often have been seen as the domain of low-income residents, while their surrounding suburbs have been home to middle- and upper-income people.
The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee celebrated victory after a two-year organizing campaign resulted in the local council passing an ordinance to create a Housing Trust Fund (HTF) for su
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

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