July 2012

Cover Story

We may be tempted to quarantine our children from the scary world out there—but it's better to nurture an incurable, chronic, and healing passion for justice.


Nurturing the life of children, from stage to stage.
Is surveillance of churches and peace groups on the rise again?
Should we stay or should we go? Being rooted in one place is a good thing, but faithfulness doesn't end where the road begins.
Between 2003 and 2006, the Pentagon database TALON kept tabs on thousands of “potential threats.”
A new, more civil conversation is emerging with gays and lesbians on evangelical campuses.
Chicago's North Park offers a model for honest conversation.
Resources to help you raise happy and engaged kids.
The goal of social justice parenting is not to produce the "right" kind of child—it is to create an environment in which love flourishes.


The Bank's new head has community-level anti-poverty expertise—and many challenges to face.
The Vatican attacks on Catholic sisters will sap the church's impact in the world.
What happens when a church tries to recognize the real cost of fossil fuels?


If the forces of pluralism don’t write the next chapter in the American story, the forces of prejudice will.
Like Jesus, I'm saving a lot of money on gas.
The lion helped inspire my hope to write a biblical and theological defense of the common good, something that has been almost lost in our age of selfishness.
"That's just like my mom, to send me a message through a Jewish woman!"
Remembering Ada María Isasi-Díaz

Culture Watch

The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson. Oxford University Press. Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul, by Gary Weiss. St. Martin's Press.
Three highlights from Full Frame are films that mingle mature cinematic craft with ethical depth.
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, by The Welcome Wagon. Asthmatic Kitty Records.
A tribute to artist Elizabeth Catlett
God and the Godforsaken — Searching Harmonies — In Shadows and Hope — Bible Culture 101
Excerpt from Song of a Scientist: The Harmony of a God-Soaked Creation, by Calvin B. DeWitt
Author and advice columnist Cheryl Strayed on writing and walking her way out of grief.
Microsoft was an extortionist, but Google is a pickpocket.


Thank you for your article “Destroying Our Rights to Save Them” (by Dianna Ortiz, April 2012) about indefinite incarceration.
"There is nothing casual / about casualties of war."
As an enthusiastic new subscriber, I was stung by the article “Death by Individualism,” by Danny Duncan Collum (May 2012). My family abstains from vaccinations, but “selfishness” is certainly not our motivation.
Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle B
I wonder how many more people would be on the Innocence List of inmates wrongfully sentenced to the death (“The Innocence List,” by Kimberly Burge, April 2012) if Sonia “Sunny” Jacobs and people like her were included.
Our June 2012 issue described Rebecca Barrett-Fox, interviewed in “The Face of Hate,” as a former editor of The Journal of Hate Studies; in fact, she is its book review editor, while interviewer Joanie Eppinga is its former editor and current assistant editor. We regret the error.

Web Extra

Resources to deepen your understanding of Christianity and homosexuality.