August 2014

Cover Story

Ninety-five percent of all economic gains in the U.S. since the Great Recession went to the top 1 percent. What does our growing wealth inquality mean for the future of democracy?


How community theater helped change a centuries-old tradition of kidnapping girls for marriage.
Once an abandoned structure, the Bell Building offers "housing first"—and hope—to Detroit's homeless.
The Child Evangelism Fellowship targets children as young as 4—threatening them with hellfire and damnation—and runs "Good News Clubs" in public schools. Some parents have a problem with that.
The Gullah/Geechee Nation, extending from North Carolina to Florida, battles against corporate encroachment, environmental racism, and climate change.


Fifty years later, does the political will exist to win the "War on Poverty"?
Christians and Muslims in Nigeria suppot interfaith efforts for reconciliation.
Police killing of black people is not a black problem. It is an American problem.


The targeting of tens of thousands of civilians was a barbaric act.
Vincent's warmth lifted the temperatures of those around him.
"Please report to Window #12. And bring your Bible."
Do you have faith the size of a mustard seed? That's all we need.
We stood by as our addiction to fossil fuel ran Genesis in reverse.

Culture Watch

Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World. IVP Books.
Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom. W.W. Norton and Company.
Studios have been realizing that there is an audience for long-form storytelling that is willing to think.
Seven words the FCC needs to hear this summer.
The Disposable Project by Raul Guerrero / Jesus Was a Migrant by Deirdre Cornell / The New Black by Yoruba Richen / How to Be a Christian Without Going to Church by Kelly Bean
In scholarship and life, Walter Wink sought the truth with passion.
Tea Party Catholic: The Catholic Case for Limited Government, a Free Economy, and Human Flourishing. The Crossroad Publishing Company.


Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (“A New Relationship with Iran,” May 2014) gave a well-reasoned justification for giving diplomacy with Iran a chance to succeed.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A
And it turned out that they had gone over the million / Prayer mark for our son
Randall Balmer (“Losing My Religion,” June 2014) offers valuable insight on the union between Christian fundamentalists and the Republican Party.
Ched Myers’ excellent article (“A Watershed Moment,” May 2014) is thought-provoking.

Web Extra

Comedian John Oliver on how economic inequality is killing the American dream.
A study guide for engaging Muslim-Christian relations.
Why is the Good News Club threatening children with hellfire and damnation?