December 2008

Cover Story

The good news: God's sustaining power is not tied to the Dow.
Honest preaching in difficult days.
Being vessels of that perfect love that casts out fear.


When President Bush leaves office in January, he’ll take with him the cadre of neo-cons who shaped the administration’s foreign policy over the last eight years.
Why Africa is a land of endless possibilitiy -- and how that should guide U.S. relations with the continent.
Five things we must do now for Darfur and Congo.
Short fiction on new life in a new country.
How a Howard Thurman lecture series has transformed a university -- and much more.
Forming relations with people of faith in the Holy Land could help transform the U.S. role in the region.


The following is an excerpt from economic philosopher Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations treatise, one of the driving intellectual forces behind contemporary market theory.
What is the responsibility of Christians?
The great wheel of the Christian liturgical year is turning once again.

Culture Watch

Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the children?s TV show, Mister Rogers?
In Disciples of the Street, Eric Gutierrez weaves three storylines into a narrative about the role of hip-hop in Christian ministry.
Voices of the Movement
Saving a Kentucky community and its culture, one kid at a time.


In her article “Changing Our Minds” (September-October 2008), Frances Moore Lappé suggests that the real barriers to an egalitarian society are the assumptions we have about pove
By the new year, the Vatican will go solar. In September, engineers began installing 2,000 solar panels designed by the German firm SolarWorld and given to the Vatican as an Epiphany gift.
The economic crisis presents particular challenges and questions for people of faith: What is the appropriate Christian response?
In her September-October 2008 letter (“Don’t Speak for Me”), Lisa Clark writes that she is not guilty for taking part in slavery, and that she does not want her state representati
Imperfection is the place where the spirit enters, the small hole in your shirt, the loosening threads of carpet, the ache in your soul for forgiveness.
Shame on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the Prison Entrepreneurship Program for not accepting sex offenders (“Investing in Second Chances,” by Catherine Cuellar, July 2008
Move over Guitar Hero, Guitar Praise is the new toy for the Christian heavy metal and power-rock set.
Northern Iraq is part of the contested homeland of ethnic Kurds—and until recently a safe haven for those escaping Baghdad’s violence, especially Chaldean Christians.
The Gulf Coast—and New Orleans, specifically—is far from recovered after being ravaged in 2005 by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for December.
In 2003, Ugandan Jewish coffee farmer J.J. Keki asked himself what he could do to stop religious violence.

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