Issue: July 2015

Cover Story

Faith-based organizers in Texas are still battling the ghosts of the Old South.
If you're a Christian who cares about social justice, you can’t afford to ignore Texas.


As much as we'd prefer feel-good activism, the beatitudes pull us out of the comfort zone of the self that always wants to stop at having "done its part."
The story of black families in America is a testament to persistence, determination, and hope.
Today's stereotypes of the black family are hard-drawn, inhuman caricatures, not real humanity, explains Lisa Sharon Harper. 
Forget cigars—some low-income communities in the U.S. are importing Cuba's health-care strategy. 
The prophet who got everything wrong. 


Corporations aren't made in the image of God—people are. 
The Iran Framework could be one of the most significant nuclear nonproliferation achievements in history. 
Being pro-life means opposing capital punishment.


The Cold War may have come and gone, but its legacy lives on. 
Fifteen million Bangladeshis already live in solar-powered houses. 
When I get tired of talking to myself I talk to strangers. (Lucky strangers.)
by: Ed Spivey

Culture Watch

In Broadway's Hand to God, a sock pupet unleashes church-basement demons. 
Radiant Truths: Essential Dispatches, Reports, Confessions, & Other Essays in American Belief edited by Jeff Sharlet. 
Wanted: A Spiritual pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders by Chris Hoke. 
Coming Home by Leon Bridges / A New Gospel for Women by Kristin Kobes Du Mez / A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China by Rodney Stark and Xiuhua Wang / The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
Brian Fallon's Christianity is less apparent than his Bruce devotion. 
Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers
Too much is going on, and not all of it is good. 


There’s a photo he carries for long journeys like this one, for trips on loaded market lorries where the passengers take their seat, perching on top of cargo, or sitting on crude benches inside the buses coming from Sudan with names
I wish to thank Susan Windley-Daoust for her article “Beyond the Wheelchair Ramp” (May 2015).
The “dirty secrets” in Emilie Teresa Smith’s excellent piece “Oh Canada!” (May 2015) are no secret to Canadians of faith, who have been advocating for change in mining practices for years. Last November at St.
by: Joe Gunn
Many thanks to Emilie Teresa Smith (May 2015) for witnessing to the costly impacts of Canadian mining companies borne by Indigenous and impoverished people around the world. As Christians, we must not ignore that churches in Canada and the U.S.
Reflections of the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B