April 2009

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


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?


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


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

Culture Watch

A pop culture Word for a pop culture world.
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.
A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story, by Diana Butler Bass. HarperOne.
Major record labels haven't adapted to the wired age -- and they're losing.
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.


The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing published a report in January that found U.S. seminaries and rabbinical schools were sorely lacking in sexuality training.
When two more African na­tions ratify the Pelindaba anti-nuclear weapons treaty, the globe’s Southern hemisphere will become a nuclear weapons-free zone.
Christian Churches Together (CCT), a three-year-old ecumenical group representing more than 100 million U.S.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for April.
Regarding Eboo Patel’s “Three Myths about Islam” (February 2009): I have to take issue with his simplistic attempt to debunk myth two.
How the earth now struggles into spring.How the cold hangs on, each morning cracking to begin.
Regarding “Make a Joyful Silence,” by Ruth Haley Barton (February 2009): We Quakers figured out more than 350 years ago that the presence of God is best understood through the “ga
"The Coalition Provisional Authority [in Iraq] failed to keep detailed accounts of how most of the Iraqi money was spent,” according to an audit report released in February by the Office of S
It is sad to see that in an otherwise excellent editorial (“A New Faith Coalition,” January 2009), Jim Wallis reinforces racist discourse.

Web Extra

Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Illinois.
Robert Brenneman is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame studying Central American gangs.
In What to Do If Someone at Your Church Has an Eating Disorder, from the God's Politics bl
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove interviews L'Arche founder Jean Vanier and theologian Stanley Hauerwas about the ways Jesus calls us to engage this violent and broken world.
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