February 2018

Cover Story

Lessons for American Christians from the Confessing Church in Germany


In 1935, Dietrich Bonhoeffer founded an underground seminary of the Confessing Church.
The gospel, peopled with sick folks, mirrors the imperial world.
The veneer of ethics and moral behavior in the public square can be surprisingly thin.
Last spring, El Salvador banned the mining of gold and other metals—thanks in no small part to the work of the Catholic Church.


News shapes our perceptions of society. Deception incarcerates us.
Anti-Semitic incidents in schools have more than doubled; our curricula must respond.
Male sexual violence is endemic, ongoing—and church-sanctioned.

Culture Watch

Line drawings and sparse prose offer an unusual—but winsome—portal to the holy word.
Tisha M. Rajendra discusses her new book, Migrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration (Eerdmans).
And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories from the Byways of American Women and Religion, by Adrian Shirk. Counterpoint Press.
Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelicalism, by David P. Gushee. Westminster John Knox Press.
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times, edited by Carolina De Robertis. Vintage Books.
What do we do with works of art made by men who do dark and despicable things?
Four February culture recommendations from our editors.
Movies that challenged and movies that healed in 2017.


Revisiting Bonhoeffer's faith in a time of nationalism.
Letters to the editor from Sojourners readers.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B


"Does a clock have anything to do with religion?"
No one ever met a new friend at Amazon.
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Theological integrity more than political partisanship must govern churches' response. 
Development does not have to be the death of black neighborhoods.