January 2006

Cover Story

Child rearing, never an easy endeavour, has become in many ways a countercultural activity.
...one moment at a time.


Reza Aslan, a Tehran-born Muslim, joined his high school's Young Life group to become a Christian, then got kicked out. Now he's one of the top spokespersons for progressive Islam in America.
The quest to save the ivory-bill represents a desire with which many evangelical Christians may connect.
How community-based investing transforms individuals - and religious institutions.


Bridging gaps in the Middle East.
Only the U.S. has openly tried to offer legal justification for the use of torture.
The untapped potential of biodiesel.


This Christmas, avoid the partridge in the pear tree. If it sneezes.
Wal-Mart is focused more on public relations than a reform of its business operations.
The warring factions in Iraq are engaged in a civil war that the U.S. occupation is only making worse.

Culture Watch

Christian activist (and former high school prom king) Shane Claiborne spent his college years in the company of like-minded travelers.
Those of us living in the United States face the challenge of how to live and preach the full gospel, the prophetic message as preached by Jesus.
What do we believe when all social restraints are off?
A string band reclaims country music.


When Hurricane Stan hit the Gulf of Mexico last October, it deluged Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras before losing its power.
Regarding the boot marks on Brian McLaren’s backside (“A Bridge Far Enough?” September-October 2005), I would suggest that to be condemned by the right wing for truth-telling is
beneath debris and stench a hand your hand withered stretched forth waiting for someone’s be healed
In Kashmir, Niger, Honduras, and parts of every U.S. city, the situation is urgent. Thankfully, so is God’s persistent love.
The recently released 2005 yearbook from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reviews armament, disarmament, and international security.
Many mainline churches see multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns as the latest evangelistic tool, but none hit the news like the “God is Still Speaking” campaign from the United Ch
The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission held three public hearings between July and October last year to look at what happened at the November 3, 1979, Greensboro Massacre, when America
“Two weeks on, the Earth is still vibrating from the massive undersea earthquake off Indonesia Sunday…reverberations like the ringing of a bell….” —AOL News
Parents often feel like theyre swimming upstream when it comes to raising their kids and protecting their family life.
Members of Women’s Will, an Iraqi human rights organization, demonstrate outside the Ministry of Human Rights in Baghdad for better treatment of prisoners.
JPII Double. Actor Jon Voight plays the title role in the new CBS miniseries Pope John Paul II
I read with great interest the article about the homeschooling parents who found themselves among the conservative Christian homeschooling culture (“When Them is Us,” by Danny Duncan C
Julie Polter’s thoughtful piece (“Replacing Songs With Silence,” November 2005) is a helpful reminder of how influential music can be and how dangerous it is to overlook this art form as a vehicle for change.