February 2004

Cover Story

A Presbyterian split would be a serious setback for Reformed orthodoxy.
What if instead of bemoaning our estrangement, we embraced it as a gift?


An interview with Philip Yancey, the best-selling Christian author who is surprised at how much he gets away with.
Is there a nonviolent way to overthrow dictators and achieve democracy?
Rather than stopping illegal entry, the 5-mile-long border fence dividing Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico, resulted in the deaths of at least 370 people in 2003.
Faith-based initiatives tackle the affordable housing crisis.


There are things in life worth being for--and things worth being against.
The bill will force millions to pay more for drugs, not less.
Where would Jesus shop? Not Wal-Mart.


The Democrats just got some bad news on religion.
Personal integrity, it seems, has become an endangered species.
The Bible has one problem: They left out half the good stuff.
When I want to see live gospel stories, I go to the Amoco station at 14th and Euclid in my Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

Culture Watch

Captain America and the Crusade Against Evil: The Dilemma of Zealous Nationalism, by Robert Jewett and John Shelton Lawrence.
Sam Phillips spread the blues, broke racial barriers - and left a mixed legacy.
The Earth Moves at Midnight, by Muray Bodo
The quiet outrage of James Nachtwey's photography.
Our Lady of the Forest, by David Guterson.


After strong statements from the United Methodist Church and the National Council of Churches, Reuters’ advertising agency reversed its decision to exclude a 7,000-square-foot, 28-story Times Square billboard, part of the Methodists’
Shout out to a Christian Palestinian leader.
Child Poverty in the Developing World.
Twenty-four years after the "Morningside Massacre" in Greensboro, North Carolina
Best-selling writer Philip Yancey has described himself as at times a reluctant Christian, plagued by doubts and 'in recovery' from bad church encounters.
Thank you for the powerful cover piece
Rose Marie Berger's glib essay on hell
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Presbyterian shareholder activist William Somplatsky-Jarman testified before the congressional subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit in November that shareholders in financial companies must oppose predatory lending practices
Most media tributes for former Illinois Sen. Paul Simon, who passed away in December following heart surgery, praised his political honesty, integrity, ethics, and commitment to the less fortunate, especially children living in poverty. But
Bill Wylie-Kellermann’s use (in "False Gods and the Power of Love," November-December 2003) of the word "corporation" reminds me of the 1960s catchall phrase "the Establishment." It doesn’t mean anything.