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?

Feature

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.
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?
Faith-based initiatives tackle the affordable housing crisis.

Commentary

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

Columns

The Bible has one problem: They left out half the good stuff.
by: Ed Spivey
Personal integrity, it seems, has become an endangered species.
The Democrats just got some bad news on religion.
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

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

Departments

Child Poverty in the Developing World.
Thank you for the powerful cover piece
Rose Marie Berger's glib essay on hell
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.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Shout out to a Christian Palestinian leader.
Best-selling writer Philip Yancey has described himself as at times a reluctant Christian, plagued by doubts and 'in recovery' from bad church encounters.
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
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
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’
Twenty-four years after the "Morningside Massacre" in Greensboro, North Carolina

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