July 2013

Cover Story

How Jerry Falwell's Liberty U.—the world's largest Christian university—became an evangelist for drone warfare. 


Arab Christians are vital to a thriving Middle East - and their numbers are dwindling.
The Predator and Reaper drones in most common use by the CIA and U.S. military carry 500-pound GPS-guided bombs or Hellfire missiles.
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed by U.S. drone strikes. Obama, technology, and the myth of redemptive violence.
Under Christian ethics, drone warfare is neither just nor moral.
A story about falling in love with Jesus all over again.
An interview with Sen. Ehab El Kharrat, a Christian member of Egypt's Parliament, on why he sees the country as a "work in progress."
Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill shines a light on U.S. covert wars.


How the dominance of Christianity affects interfaith relations.
Working with the U.N. for a negotiated settlement has a greater chance of success than military involvement.
Immigration reform must include protection of workers' rights.


Elvis impersonators make lousy terrorists.
Religious extremism will not be defeated by a primarily military response.
Even at their best, toys like the American Girl Dolls send a mixed message.
If Bernice King had been born on time, her daddy's letter might never have been written.
No one wants to spend summer vacation in the clink, but that's where a lot us are going to find ourselves.

Culture Watch

According to Wendell Berry, all you need to have hope is one good example.
The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision Is Key to the World's Future. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Educating All God's Children: What Christians Can—and Should—Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids by Nicole Baker Fulgham / Bidder 70 / Just Spirituality: How Faith Practices Fuel Social Action by Mae Elise Cannon / Courage to Think Differently by George S. Johnson
Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christians Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. Harper
As the Lean In debate shows, striving for gender equality is still personal and political—and vital.
The History Channel's The Bible, like so much of so-callled "religious pop culture," seemed to be the product of good people trying to do a good thing, but at best putting the desire to convey a particular message ahead of making the best artwork for the medium.


I’m delighted the Tostan approach (“Change From Within,” by Aimee Molloy, May 2013) to end female genital cutting in Senegal is having widespread impact.
Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Reentry Project
In “Friends Without Borders” (May 2013), Shane Claiborne writes: “Each of these peace guilds is a little conspiracy of hope in a fear-strangled, border-obsessed world.” This supports the often-stated theory t
It’s rather disconcerting to read Marie Dennis in “Calling of the Shepherd” (April 2013) asking the new pope to give heed to the demands of Catholics.
From the midst of the netherworld I cried for help. —from the Book of Jonah
I was disturbed by the artwork used for the poem “Jesus is Stripped of His Garments” (March 2013), which features Gwyneth Leech’s Stations of the Cross and a depiction of a fair-skinned person su
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C.

Web Extra

Does mass incarceration serve the common good? Susan Burton speaks out.
In “Waiting on God,” from the July 2013 issue of Sojourners magazine, Episcopal priest Linda Kaufman shares how she fell in love with Jesus all over again.
Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield.
A radio documentary with Susan Burton, Michelle Alexander, and five residents of A New Way of Life Reentry Project.